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  •  what happened? (1+ / 0-)
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    thats actually amongst the most opaque things to me, observing from far away. Just that with Acorn. I never understood how they did anything bad? I seem to recall faintly there were some undercover guys trapping some local doing or saying something untoward, but such a thing doesnt stop an organisation?

    In any case, it cant be illegal to agitate amongst poor nonvoters to vote. And if they dont have the funds to pay for their ID´s it cant be illegal to pay it for them. Heck, I personally could pay the ID´s for a thousand poor people and what vote multiplier could ever compete with that?

    by this I mean, I sure understand that any such drive would have the blast of "publicized opinion" fully against it, but all the more, what mobilization was ever successful that gave a shit about what enemies said about them?

    dont get me wrong - I just wonder how is it possible that this obvious potential lies unused. so many people here seem to wonder why the system is in such a bad shape, this must be amongst the prime reasons.

    •  It was the loss of funding (5+ / 0-)

      They were a shoestring operation, and didn't have any reserves to survive after that.

      The 40-year-old liberal group was crippled by scandal six months ago when a pair of conservative activists posing as a pimp and a prostitute secretly videotaped two ACORN employees appearing to give them advice about setting up a prostitution ring and evading the IRS.

      The video led to the employees being fired.

      Afterward, Congress halted Housing and Urban Development grants to ACORN.

      Some small bit of justice a few months ago, late as it is

      Remember James O’Keefe?

      That would be the same James O’Keefe who brought down community organizing and voter registration organization ACORN in his march to becoming a conservative icon for his alleged ‘good works’.

      It seems that the master of the cleverly edited—if highly deceptive—video reel is now being required to pay the sum of $100,000 to Juan Carlos Vera, a one time California employee of ACORN. Mr. Vera had been portrayed by O’Keefe as being a willing participant when O’Keefe and his accomplice, Hanna Giles, proposed smuggling young women into the United States to work as prostitutes.

      “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

      by Catte Nappe on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 12:08:39 PM PDT

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      •  aha (2+ / 0-)
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        dizzydean, Catte Nappe

        was it really that? OK, loss of congressional funding.

        it would mean that another funding source is needed, one that isnt dependent on such hypocritical elements as the same Congress whose makeup would be changed if such an organisation had success.

        good (or not good), if that organisation has died since it was dependent on such a money source, is it then not totally necessary to re-found it, but with an independent funding source?

        If you ask - wheres the money supposed to come from. I could ask - where does the D party gets its money from now. You could say - rich liberals, who have no interest in helping the poor making their voice heard. I could say - then what about all the small donor funding that places like DKos organize to flow to the D party. Would all that small donor money then not better flow to a resurrected Acorn? The rich ones will keep the D party afloat anyways. The not so rich ones dont need to add what little they can, to that bandwagon. They´d better help the now disenfranchised ones to become political partners?

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