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The Buckeye Institute Defeats Ohio ACORN

March 11th, 2010 Matt View Comments

Weeks after winning a major battle against the Ohio smoking ban, The Buckeye Institute’s 1851 Center for Constitutional Law’s Maurice Thompson just gave Ohio ACORN the boot!

From James Nash in The Columbus Dispatch:

ACORN, the liberal group notorious for allegedly trying to inflate voter rolls through fraudulent practices, has seen its last election in Ohio.

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now will permanently surrender its Ohio business license by June1 as part of a legal settlement with the conservative Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions, both sides said yesterday.

ACORN was active in Ohio in the 2006 and 2008 elections, working to register thousands of low-income people to vote and get them to the polls. The group’s efforts were marred by irregularities, including one case in which ACORN workers allegedly induced a Cleveland man to register to vote 72 times, offering cigarettes as an incentive.

The Buckeye Institute’s 1851 Center for Constitutional Law teamed with two Warren County residents to sue ACORN in Warren County Common Pleas Court just before the 2008 election. The residents alleged that their rights were abridged by thousands of fraudulent voter registrations, each representing “a potential illegal vote that has the capacity to dilute (legitimate) votes.”

The case was moved to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

Yesterday’s settlement is mostly confidential, said Maurice A. Thompson, the conservative group’s attorney.

“They will surrender their business license by June 1 and cease to operate in Ohio and cease to support or enable other groups to do what they do,” Thompson said.

ACORN, the organization which President Obama used to be a community agitator and lawyer for, was founded by Wade Rathke and others Alinsky-radicals in 1970. Funded by major lefty groups like the Tides Foundation and unions, ACORN is a criminal racket which exists to keep inner-city blacks poor while exploiting them for political purposes.

Here is a good primer on the history of just how ACORN’s ultimate goal is to collapse the American economic system, in hopes of it being replaced with more socialism:

(Here is the original 1966 article from Cloward and Piven which Beck mentions in the video.)

The problem here is, even though Thompson successfully gave ACORN the book, the dirty money which funds ACORN will always be back in Ohio to commit more voter fraud and other crimes. As it is, ACORN is such a complex network of 501c3s and 501c4s that it would make your head spin, and this design is on purpose to allow it to adapt when government cuts off it’s funds for various voting/census issues while allowing money to be funneled around. As it is, ACORN is quickly trying to rebrand itself with new names. And there are closely associated groups that still exist in our state, such as the Coalition on Homeless and Housing in Ohio. And efforts will always continue to give indigents and ex-convicts the ability to register voters, while giving them strong incentives to falsify registration forms.

This lawsuit is over two years old, and the Buckeye Institute, in their fight for economic freedom and liberty, kicked these criminals out of Ohio. H0wever, not only will they be back, the money, the agitators, and the efforts to abuse inner-city residents on behalf of the Democrat Party will still be a major part of the 2010 election cycle.

And… not if… but when ACORN violates this agreement, the process of nailing them for contempt of court is a much faster process.

Therefore, please give a tax-deductible donation to the Buckeye Institute as they keep these important (and insanely expensive!) legal fights going.

A Big Victory for Bars and Freedom in Ohio

February 25th, 2010 Matt View Comments

I’ve written in the past about how attorney Maurice Thompson of the Buckeye Institute’s 1851 Center for Constitutional Law is a true patriot and the most important figure in the fight to shrink Ohio’s government that you’ve probably never heard of.

Thompson has been defending Columbus-based Zeno’s bar, which the state has sued repeatedly for violating the smoking ban by allowing those health nuts you often find in bars lighting up. Thompson filed suit challenging the constitutionality of applying the ban to bars that restricted to people at least 21 years old.

And the court just ruled against state health department:

Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge David E. Cain in Columbus has ruled that the state health department overstepped its legal authority in enforcing the state’s smoking ban against Zeno’s, a Columbus bar.

The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law, which defended Zeno’s in the case, has scheduled a news conference today, Feb. 25, at 1:30 p.m. to discuss the ramifications of the decision.

In his ruling, stamped Monday, Feb. 22, Cain declined to rule on the constitutionality of the smoking ban but vacated citations issued against Zeno’s.

Preventing bar owners from allowing their patrons to smoke is a ridiculous notion. And since the fines don’t penalize individual smokers, I have even heard stories where bars can send people into other bars to smoke and help their competition rack up massive fines. It sounds like this sort of nonsense appears to have  just stopped.

The enforcement of the smoking ban has been wildly inconsistent, and redirects money that could be spent by the state elsewhere. So far, taxpayers have paid $2 million for the ban since 2007, and the state has reportedly spent $3.2 million to identify businesses that are looking for infractions and to process them through the court systems.

And while this ruling doesn’t overturn the entire smoking ban or explicitly decide the constitutional question, its a HUGE step in the right direction!

It is so exciting that it makes me want to take up smoking. I’ve been meaning to become more like Don Draper anyway after watching three seasons of Mad Men on DVD.

But seriously, I really want to see these types of pro-liberty lawsuits continue, so I hope you join me in making a tax-deductible donation to the Buckeye Institute and joining the 1851 Center’s Facebook page for updates. AG Cordray’s office has already announced they will appeal this case, and fighting the state is extremely expensive.

Update: Marc Kovac posted video of Thompson’s press conference here.

Maurice Thompson, Fighting for Liberty

July 14th, 2009 Matt Comments off

On July 19th, I wrote a review of an Ohio Freedom Alliance event with Maurice Thompson of The Buckeye Institute.  Although my review was quite positive, some black helicopter society members on their forum were quite displeased that I have have no patience for conspiracy nuts.

The Buckeye Institute posted video of his speech today, and here it is in its entirety about what is going on at the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law:

FYI- If you work in the downtown-Columbus area, they are hosting a free “Milton Friedman Legacy for Freedom” luncheon on July 31 with Dan Lips, Education Policy Analyst at The Heritage Foundation.

Ohio Freedom Alliance Meeting- Maurice Thompson & Alicia Healy

June 19th, 2009 Matt View Comments


The most important man in the uphill fight to shrink Ohio’s government, and you probably have never heard of him.

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