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ACORN Get-Out-The-Vote Drive Run By Alleged Election Fraud Co-Conspirator

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Posted on October 26 2010 4:00 pm
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Great American cartoon character Mickey Mouse may do his civic duty at the polls next week, if ACORN gets its way. That’s because ACORN, the best friend a fictional rodent voter ever had, is alive and well. Its voter fraud division, Project Vote, is conducting the nationwide drive out of the Washington, D.C., headquarters of ACORN.

ACORN’s voter drive is being run by Amy Busefink, an ACORN employee under indictment in Nevada for violating election laws. She is charged with felony voter registration fraud. The trial is set for Nov. 26 in Las Vegas.

Although legally separate entities, in practice ACORN and Project Vote are the same. They share space, employees, and budgets. ACORN’s lawyer Elizabeth Kingsley admitted in an infamous legal memo that there was no firewall between ACORN and the affiliated nonprofit corporations in the ACORN network.

It might be understandable for an employer not to fire an employee until she is actually convicted of a crime, but come on. Busefink, an alleged co-conspirator in an election fraud scheme, should not be running a voter drive. Doesn’t ACORN have a “rubber room” where they can put her? Busefink shouldn’t be anywhere near a voter drive unless and until she is cleared of the charges against her — and perhaps not even then.

Apparently ACORN still thinks it’s untouchable.

It may shock some to learn that Project Vote is open for business as usual. Project Vote has been part of the ACORN family since at least 1992 when Barack Obama ran a successful voter drive in Illinois.

Busefink’s official Project Vote biography says: “As Project Vote’s Field Director, Amy Busefink is responsible for the development and execution of field activities across Project Vote’s many program areas … Over the last two years, Ms. Busefink has participated in the successful fight against legislation that creates barriers to voters, including photo ID efforts in Missouri. She continues to develop voter participation and voter registration field programs, utilizing new and exciting technology for Get-Out-the-Vote efforts.”

Busefink “came to Project Vote as its national voter registration director in June 2006, when she assumed responsibility for Project Vote’s 2006 voter registration program.” She also “ran field operations for Project Votes [sic] 2008 voter registration program, which collected 1.1 million applications.” [emphasis added]

Yes indeed ACORN and Project Vote did gather more than one million voter registration applications in 2008, but 400,000 applications “were rejected by election officials for a variety of reasons, including duplicate registrations, incomplete forms and fraudulent submissions,” the New York Times reported.

Why does Project Vote go out of its way to acknowledge publicly that a potential felon is running its GOTV effort?

Shameless.

(Note: I’ll be talking about ACORN on “Follow the Money” “Money Rocks” with Eric Bolling tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern  on Fox Business.) (This post was corrected by the author.)

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