Fact-Checking the ACORN Flap
Posted on Oct 18, 2008
Not a moment too soon, here’s FactCheck.org’s assessment of the recent hullabaloo over ACORN, the beleaguered community organization that has been yanked into the epicenter of the election battle since Team McCain seized upon it as a Campaign Talking Point™.
Speaking of the McCain campaign, we’re wondering why the opposition to John McCain, in whatever form it might take, isn’t making more of McCain’s own brush with ACORN affiliation in 2006, after this video made the rounds and garnered mention in The New York Times. What gives, people?
The McCain ad accuses ACORN of “massive voter fraud.” In the final presidential debate, John McCain added that ACORN “is now on the verge of maybe perpetrating one of the greatest frauds in voter history in this country, maybe destroying the fabric of democracy.” Sounds scary, but is it true?
There’s no evidence of any such democracy-destroying fraud. Here’s what is true: In recent years, ACORN employees have been investigated multiple times for voter registration fraud. ACORN workers have been convicted of submitting false voter registration forms in Colorado Springs in 2005, Kansas City, Mo., in 2006 and King County, Wash., in 2007. ACORN’s Las Vegas office was raided by a state criminal investigator on Oct. 7, 2008. ACORN workers are also the subjects of ongoing investigations in Wisconsin, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana. The Indiana investigation started in early October and may involve thousands of fraudulent registration forms.
Collage: AP photo / Mary Altaffer, acorn.org