Organization Trends

Corrupt Project VOTE Shuts Down

As CRC Senior Vice President Matthew Vadum reports, Project VOTE—the voter mobilization wing of the defunct community-organizing behemoth ACORN—is now no more. The group, which Barack Obama worked for in Chicago in the early 1990s, leaves a sordid trail of misdeeds, Vadum writes, and

[A] legacy of lies, criminal conspiracies, and voter fraud, including millions upon millions of fraudulent voter registrations.

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, was a federally funded, 400,000 dues-paying member strong pressure group involved in numerous corrupt schemes to rip off taxpayers and promote its radical agenda. As Vadum documents in his book on ACORN, Subversion Inc.:

[A]t least 54 ACORN employees and individuals associated with ACORN have been convicted of voter fraud, a blanket term coined by lawyers referring to fraudulent voting, identify fraud, perjury, voter registration fraud, forgery, and other crimes related to the electoral process.

Project VOTE played a key role in perpetrating voter fraud alongside ACORN. According to a 2008 job posting Vadum identified on the left-leaning site, Project Vote called ACORN its “community partner,” even after numerous assertions that the groups were unrelated.

The 40-year old group finally shut down in 2010 after journalists James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles recorded two ACORN employees offering them advice on how to start up a prostitution ring. But Project VOTE continued its voter-registration mischief in the 2012 election with over $1 million in funding from George Soros’ Open Society Institute.

A message on Project VOTE’s website cited budget constraints as the reason it finally closed:

For a single-issue nonprofit like Project Vote—without a diverse portfolio of work to fundraise on—we were ultimately forced to admit that our current model had become unsustainable.

Like ACORN before it, Project VOTE will not be missed.

Hayden Ludwig

Hayden Ludwig is the Director of Policy Research at Restoration of America. He was formerly Senior Investigative Researcher at Capital Research Center. Ludwig is a native of Orange County, California,…
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