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Soros Election-Rigging Project Dies? The mysterious disappearance of the Secretary of State Project.

I have a piece in the American SpectatorSoros Election-Rigging Project Dies? The mysterious disappearance of the Secretary of State Project.

Here is how it begins:

Soros Election-Rigging Project Dies?

By Matthew Vadum

The mysterious disappearance of the Secretary of State Project.

Whatever happened to the left-wing Secretary of State Project liberals promised would save our elections from the dirty tricks of those dang lowdown, yellow-bellied, lily-livered Republicans?

The evidence now suggests that the election-stealing, George Soros-funded so-called “527″ political committee is dead, or perhaps just deeply sedated. This group that section 527 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code allows to accept unlimited financial contributions was created solely to rig elections for Democrats.

It accomplishes this by electing permissive liberal Democrats as secretaries of state. In most states the secretary of state is the chief elections officer, so putting left-wingers in the often-overlooked but critically important office allows these political radicals to manipulate the electoral process. This is what liberals call “election protection.”

Billionaire donor Soros, whom Saturday Night Live has mocked as the “owner” of the Democratic Party, underwrote the Secretary of State Project in order to help Democrats gain an unfair advantage on Election Day. Soros and progressives all across the fruited plain believe with a religious fervor that right-leaning secretaries of state helped the GOP steal the presidential elections in Florida in 2000 (Katherine Harris) and in Ohio in 2004 (Ken Blackwell). [...]

Read the whole thing at the American Spectator.

Leftist Fanatic Craig Becker Lied to Senator McCain

Another article of mine from the American Spectator.

It begins:

President Obamas radical union-backed nominee to the National Labor Relations Board lied to a Senate confirmation panel earlier this week about his ties to the embattled leftist advocacy group ACORN.

The nominee is Craig Becker, who, at least until recently, was longtime associate general counsel to SEIU. Becker is considered radical in part because he believes that employers should have no role in the unionization process,according to Brian Johnson, executive director of the Alliance for Worker Freedom.

During a hearing Tuesday by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) asked Becker this question: Do you perform work for and provide advice to ACORN or ACORN-affiliated groups while employed by your current employers or on a volunteer basis?

Becker responded, Senator McCain, I have never done so.

But that answer that Beckerneverprovided adviceto ACORN or ACORN-affiliated groups” — is demonstrably false. Evidence abounds that he gave advice to SEIU Local 880, which, as I will show below, was part and parcel of ACORN before it merged with another SEIU bargaining unit.

As the Wall Street Journal noted, Becker acknowledged previously that he had worked with and provided adviceto Local 880. [...]

Zinn Master

Here’s an article of mine that ran a few days ago in the American Spectator.

It begins:

President Obama’s State of the Union address proved once again that the Community-Organizer-In-Chief hates corporations almost as much as the late historian Howard Zinn did.

Zinn, a Marxist whose revisionist A People’s History of the United States has been forced on a generation of helpless college students, died Wednesday at 87.

Zinn considered Obama to be a moderate and described corporations as “monsters trying to devour as much profit as possible at anyone’s expense.”

This attitude permeates academia, the media, the Democrat-controlled Congress, and the Obama administration, all of which view corporations as threats to the continuing existence of the Republic. [...]

ACORN Eligible For $4 Billion In Federal Taxpayer Money in Obama FY2011 Budget

Yes, you read that right.
 
Even with all its troubles, the ACORN organized crime syndicate is eligible for $4 billion (well, really $3.99 billion in CDBG slush funds) in President Obama’s fiscal 2011 budget.
 
That’s because a federal court order issued by a Clinton-appointed judge prevents Congress and the Obama administration from cutting off ACORN.
 
Will the temporary injunction issued by U.S. District Court Nina Gershon be lifted?
 
Who knows.
 
Will ACORN boss Bertha Lewis, who is currently doing a victory lap across America’s TV screens as she celebrates the legal troubles of hidden camera videographer James O’Keefe, ever be investigated for her role in the cover-up of a nearly million dollar embezzlement within ACORN?
 
Who knows.
 
Read my article at the American Spectator.

Andy Stern’s Crazy Talk

I’ll be on the “G. Gordon Liddy Show” at 12: 30 p.m. Eastern today talking about my latest American Spectator article, “Stern Talk.”

The article begins:

Senators who won’t pass ObamaCare are “terrorists,” the leader of America’s most powerful labor union said yesterday as Senate Democrats’ supermajority death watch entered its second week.

Democrats’ soon-to-evaporate filibuster-proof supermajority of 60 in the Senate was “a gift from the American people” that has been “squandered” by failing to enact so-called healthcare reform, said Service Employees International Union president Andrew Stern. Stern is President Obama’s closest ally in the labor movement and his union would benefit disproportionately from the enactment of Big Government healthcare. He practically lives in the White House, according to official visitor logs, but refuses to register as a lobbyist.

The Democratic membership in the Senate will be reduced to 59 whenever Sen.-elect Scott Brown (R-Mass). is finally sworn in and takes over the seat long held by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) — a development many say dooms liberal plans to nationalize the nation’s healthcare sector. Brown’s once unimaginable election in the Bay State last week has sent shockwaves through the political establishment that continue to reverberate.

Employing tortured logic, Stern and other prominent leftists believe Brown’s defeat of Democrat Martha Coakley, who at one point led her GOP opponent by 30 percentage points in the polls, occurred only because Democrats hadn’t tacked far enough to port.

In her purple business suit, SEIU secretary-treasurer Anna Burger weighed in. “Everybody was shaken by Massachusetts but the reality is Massachusetts didn’t vote against healthcare; they already had healthcare.” [...]

ACORN’s California Makeover

My latest article on ACORN is in today’s American Spectator.

Here’s the top of it:

With help from docile Democratic politicians and journalists, ACORN is attempting to perpetrate yet another spectacular fraud on the American people.

After the American public saw the true face of ACORN last year, hidden camera videos showing its workers across the nation bending over backwards to facilitate underage prostitution, fraud, immigrant smuggling, and tax evasion in the name of social justice, ACORN realized it needed to take emergency action to protect its revenue streams.

So among other measures the embattled radical advocacy group is changing the name of its largest state chapter in an effort to keep tax dollars and foundation grants flowing into its coffers. ACORN feels it needs to do this because California ACORN is a critical component of the ACORN empire, boasting 37,000 dues-paying members.

With the fallout from the hidden camera videos, congressional funding of ACORN’s election fraud and racketeering business is no longer guaranteed, so ACORN decided to reconstitute its California operation as the “new” group Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE).

ACCE claims that it is “up and running as an independent state-wide organization with no legal, financial or structural ties to ACORN.”

Of course we know that ACCE is lying. [...]

ACORN Scandal Bigger Than Watergate

So said Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) when I interviewed him recently.

The interview appeared in the American Spectator.

Here’s the top of the article:

ACORN critic Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is mystified that both the Democratic-controlled Congress and the Obama administration aren’t doing much about the tax-subsidized organized crime syndicate ACORN even as evidence of its wrongdoing continues to pile up.

In an exclusive interview, the House Judiciary Committee member describes the ACORN saga as “the largest corruption crisis in the history of America.”

“It’s thousands of times bigger than Watergate because Watergate was only a little break-in by a couple of guys,” said King. “By the time we pull ACORN out by its roots America’s going to understand just how big this is.”

Unlike the Nixon-era Watergate scandal, the ACORN scandal reaches not only to the highest levels of government, but also to states and localities across America. The president himself and his political advisor Patrick Gaspard used to work for ACORN and the radical advocacy group has allies throughout congressional leadership who are bending over backwards to protect it. President Obama has also hired as White House counsel Bob Bauer, whom King described as “the number one defender of ACORN in the country.”

ACORN has ties to unions such as SEIU and has business relationships with Wall Street. It has offices across the globe in places like Canada, Kenya, and India. Quite apart from the hidden camera videos that emerged in September showing ACORN employees providing advice on establishing a brothel and financing it with government grants, in the U.S. it stands accused of political corruption, election fraud, racketeering, money laundering, and countless other violations of the law. It is involved in major campaigns pushing for socialized medicine, green energy and cap-and-trade, enhanced welfare benefits, higher minimum wages, greater federal regulation of the financial services industry, and for a major expansion of the Community Reinvestment Act.

“The legislative branch will not investigate. [House Judiciary Committee chairman John] Conyers will not. [House Judiciary subcommittee chairman Jerrold] Nadler will not. It’s not going to come out of [House Ways & Means Committee chairman Charles] Rangel’s committee. It’s not going to come out of [House Financial Services Committee chairman] Barney Frank’s committee or from anybody in the Senate. They’re going to protect ACORN.”  [...]

Vadum on G. Gordon Liddy Show Today Talking ACORN

I was on the “G. Gordon Liddy Show” earlier today talking about how Congress and Citigroup appear poised to begin funding ACORN again.

Listen to an audio podcast here or watch a video version here.

I also wrote about the topic in the American Spectator.

Are Congress and Citigroup Gearing Up To Start Funding ACORN Again?

Are Congress and Citigroup gearing up to start funding ACORN again?
 
It sure looks like it.
 
Read the whole story at American Spectator.
 
I’ll be on the “G. Gordon Liddy Show” in a few minutes discussing this at 11:30 ET today.

Covering Up for ACORN

I assess former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger’s report on ACORN in this morning’s American Spectator.

From the top of the article:

The newly released “independent” review of the ACORN undercover prostitution video saga is a breathtakingly audacious work of fiction.

There is hardly a word of truth to be found anywhere in the document’s 47 pages. The report unveiled yesterday by former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger is an all-you-can-eat buffet of lies and distortions that faults ACORN only for poor management practices.

No wonder those who organized the news teleconference yesterday kept the event so brief. The call lasted just 36 minutes, an amazingly brief period considering the level of public interest in ACORN’s ongoing scandals and the complexity of the issues involved. Within that, the question-and-answer session was barely 23 minutes long.

Only five reporters were called upon and four of them lobbed softballs. One of the so-called reporters was actually politics professor Peter Dreier of Occidental College, a consultant to ACORN who wrote a report blaming the media for the group’s woes. In “First They Came for ACORN,” one of Dreier’s over-the-top Huffington Post op-eds, the radical academic likened ACORN critics to Nazis.

Although I joined the electronic queue to ask a question, the teleconference was abruptly cut off after John Fund of the Wall Street Journal asked a series of tough questions.

Nonetheless the conference call was revealing.  [...]