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09-30-2009, 11:28 AM
Former ACORN worker details blackjack voter registration bonuses

A former field director testifies about extra payments to Las Vegas canvassers for bringing in 21 new registration cards in a day. A judge is considering whether his supervisor and the group will face

September 30, 2009

Reporting from Las Vegas - In the summer of 2008, with presidential contenders battling fiercely over the swing state of Nevada, Christopher Edwards was racing to register voters.

As the field director of ACORN's Las Vegas office, he brainstormed a way to motivate meagerly paid canvassers: If they turned in 21 or more registration cards in a day, they were each given a $5 bonus.

"Hey, it's Las Vegas," Edwards testified Tuesday. "It's blackjack."

But Edwards' "blackjack bonuses," which he bragged about to other ACORN offices, broke the law, state prosecutors say. Nevada bars quotas or cash incentives in voter sign-up efforts: Officials fear they could lead to false registrations.

On Tuesday, a judge began considering whether Edwards' former supervisor, Amy Busefink, and the Assn. of Community Organizations for Reform Now will stand trial on 13 low-level felony charges of compensation for registration of voters. The evidentiary hearing will resume this morning.

Edwards, a former union organizer who once worked for former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean, has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts. He took the stand Tuesday as the prosecution's star witness.

"No one in ACORN knew this was illegal," he told Justice of the Peace William D. Jansen.

Not only are they all criminals, they're stupid criminals. :rolleyes:

LA Times (http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-acorn30-2009sep30,0,940624.story)

09-30-2009, 03:36 PM
Elsewhere they even leave behind incriminating information (http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=298&articleid=20090929_298_0_ARepub14111)

A Republican state legislator released documents Tuesday which he says show the community-organizing group ACORN focused on helping Democrats in four legislative races in the November 2008 election and had developed a game plan to "take power" in Oklahoma within five years.
The documents, which also include legislative district maps and various forms were recovered from computers abandoned by ACORN workers in Oklahoma City, said Rep. Mike Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City. Also found was a script apparently used in Houston to go door-to-door to encourage voters to vote for Barack Obama in the November 2008 presidential election....

09-30-2009, 11:34 PM
Not only are they all criminals, they're stupid criminals. :rolleyes:

LA Times (http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-acorn30-2009sep30,0,940624.story)

In your face stupid.

That, or ego.

The race card...

"We are trying to help the poor folk".