Saturday, October 11, 2008

Senator Obama's Campaign Purges the Web of a Story About ACORN

Barack Obama's connection with the federally-funded "Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now" (ACORN) is in the news because ACORN is being investigated by the FBI for voter fraud. [See official FBI articles about ACORN.]

NewsMax (10-6-08) reports:

Critics accuse ACORN of involvement in vote fraud, voter intimidation, shakedowns against businesses, and the promotion of socialist class hatred and class warfare.

The Cleveland Leader (10-9-08) reports that Senator Obama's site claims:

Fact: Barack was never an ACORN trainer and never worked for ACORN in any other capacity.

In fact, The Cleveland Leader (10-9-08) reports that in 2004, Toni Foulkes, a Chicago ACORN Leader wrote in the journal Social Policy:

Obama took the case, known as ACORN vs. Edgar (the name of the Republican governor at the time) and we won. Obama then went on to run a voter registration project with Project VOTE in 1992 that made it possible for Carol Moseley Braun to win the Senate that year. Project VOTE delivered 50,000 newly registered voters in that campaign (ACORN delivered about 5,000 of them).

Since then, we have invited Obama to our leadership training sessions to run the session on power every year, and, as a result, many of our newly developing leaders got to know him before he ever ran for office. Thus it was natural for many of us to be active volunteers in his first campaign for STate Senate and then his failed bid for U.S. Congress in 1996. By the time he ran for U.S. Senate, we were old friends.

On 10-10-08, The Cleveland Dealer published an update:

On Thursday we revealed the connection between Barack Obama and Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), and uncovered a 2004 article that discussed his involvement with the organization which had recently been removed from the web. Today, the cover-ups continue and language on Obama's website has been altered in order to make it look like he has been telling the truth about his ACORN associations all along.

Fortunately, we and many others online know how to do a screen capture and how to use a little something called Google Cache.

As of yesterday, stated:

"Fact: Barack was never an ACORN trainer and never worked for ACORN in any other capacity."

Sometime on Friday, the website was altered, and the text was changed to state:

"Fact: ACORN never hired Obama as a trainer, organizer, or any type of employee."

The mere fact that his campaign has now changed the language of the site shows that they have conceded the fact that their original remark was a bold-face lie. As a lawyer Sen. Obama should know the importance of language.

The original statement implied that he had no working connection with ACORN, whereas the new statement now insists that he has never been employed or hired by ACORN.

It is good to see the truth finally come out now, but why were they trying to hide his association with ACORN, and what else is Obama lying to us about? Perhaps the biggest question now is how and why they got the Social Policy article stricken from most of the world wide web in the first place. What are they trying to hide?

The Cleveland Leader (10-10-08) shows pictures of how Senator Obama's site has changed its story about ACORN.


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