With the revelation that White House Director of Political Affairs, Patrick Gaspard, has close ties to Bertha Lewis and to ACORN, Matthew Vadum and Erick Erickson appear to be onto something significant.
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While the Gaspard matter needs further investigation before we form any hard conclusions, it certainly seems to confirm that President Obamaís ties to a whole series of ACORN-controlled organizations are neither minor nor by any means long-past.
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In fact, making use of what Erickson and Vadum have discovered about Gaspard, we can trace these links still further. Thereís been a good deal of attention to ACORN of late,...
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During the 2008 election, Obamaís close links to the far-left New Party were revealed and explored (although not by the mainstream press). Yet many seem to have forgotten that the New Party, particularly in Chicago, was dominated by ACORN (and by an ACORN-controlled SEIU union local).
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During the campaign, I detailed Obamaís New Party ties in two pieces, "Something New Here," and "Life of the New Party." Important evidence of Obamaís pursuit of the New Party endorsement can also be found in the September-October 1995 issue of "New Ground," newsletter of the Chicago chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America.

Obamaís New Party ties matter because they show that his links to ACORN went far beyond shared on-the-ground organizing, legal representation, training, or even funding (although all of those ties existed and were important). By running for office with the New Party, Obama was effectively indicating that he shared ACORNís radical political goals.
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Again, the Gaspard issue is new and needs further investigation and consideration. Yet preliminary indications are that the Gaspard-ACORN-Bertha Lewis-New Party-WFP-SEIU ties are significant, and tell us something disturbing about the political ideology and intentions of President Obama.
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In particular, the connection between Gaspard, Lewis, the New Party, and the Working Families Party ought to draw our attention back to what may ultimately be the most important Obama-ACORN tie of all, his time with Chicagoís New Party.

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