ACORN Prosecutions Coast to Coast

If an organization that is funded largely by George Soros, Herb and Marion Sandler, and a variety of other foundations (often established by conservative businessmen and which now are totally controlled by left-oriented administrators like Ford and Annenberg) tells you it does serious journalistic investigation in the public interest and calls itself the Center for Public Integrity, I suggest you take their offerings with a boulder of salt.

Last year at this time, it was evident to every open-minded person that ACORN was engaged in widespread voter registration fraud under the cover of helping 1.7 million unregistered (and  given the ease of registration, apparently disinterested) citizens to vote.

Pajamas Media carried a detailed piece describing what was then publicly reported about the scheme to undermine fair elections. Four days later the Center for Public Integrity (CFPI) published an apologia for ACORN.

Unfortunately for the CFPI, the report highlighted the charges against the group’s registration efforts in Nevada, suggesting that it had no choice but to turn in registrations that it suspected were in error:

In Nevada, state investigators raided ACORN’s office last week. Bob Walsh, a public information officer for the Nevada secretary of state, pointed out that the group has not been charged with anything. So far all the secretary of state’s office has done is execute a search warrant. Officials there are currently looking through ACORN’s records.

Walsh also said that ACORN should definitely have turned in the forms, even if they were false and ACORN knew they were false. In a state like Nevada, the law for third-party registration groups is particularly complicated. These groups must sign up with the secretary of state, who keeps track of the unique identifier of each registration form distributed to them. The voter registration organization is required to return every form it takes, whether completed or blank. That’s why ACORN submits registrations that anyone could tell are probably a big fat joke.

But Nevada’s law also forbids “knowingly falsifying an application to register to vote.” Ostensibly that’s why the secretary of state is looking into ACORN’s records to begin with: The group turned in obviously false registration forms. But that’s a separate part of the law and does not change ACORN’s obligation to turn in all the forms. In short, it’s not clear that in Nevada ACORN was wrong to turn in the forms; indeed, it appears the group was trying to follow the law.

This week, almost a year later, it turns out that the investigative effort of the organization overlooked what ACORN’s critics and Nevada law enforcement authorities did not: the entire ACORN voter operation in that state was designed to defraud Nevada's voters of their right to an honest election.

The former Las Vegas director of ACORN, Charles Edwards, pleaded guilty to violations of state law in compensating ACORN workers under a quota system laughably mislabeled “performance standards.”

For ACORN, this trial may cost the group its tax exempt status in Nevada, and that can only add to the well-deserved troubles of this criminal operation.

Until now, prosecutions for voter registration fraud have focused on ACORN workers, and authorities have secured guilty pleas from several who admitted to falsifying voter registration forms.

But when investigators from Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller's office raided the ACORN Las Vegas office, Ross says they found a paper trail that implicated the ACORN organization itself.

"We came across policy manuals that outline their policy of creating a quota system, which is against the law," Miller told FOX News in an interview. "This, in fact, was something that was widespread and something the organization itself knew about, and it's important to hold the organization criminally accountable as opposed to the individual field directors." ...

But prosecutors say ACORN paid a $5 bonus per day to workers who would sign up 21 or more voters per shift, hence the name "21" or "Blackjack," an alleged quota system that Ross says is the first step toward corrupting the democratic system.

"These charges strike at the heart of having integrity of the electoral process. That's something that is important in Nevada and the entire country.