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.