ACORN Prosecutions Coast to Coast

Now, the Nevada prosecutor has held over ACORN and its former manager for trial on felony charges:

The political advocacy organization ACORN and a former manager will stand trial in District Court on charges that they paid canvassers to collect voter registration applications in the 2008 election cycle. Las Vegas Justice of the Peace William Jansen said on Wednesday there was enough evidence to allow a jury to decide whether the group and its former regional director, Amy Busefink, knew about an illegal bonus system run by its Las Vegas office field director, Christopher Edwards.

Busefink and ACORN are scheduled for arraignment in Clark County District Court at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 14. Each face 13 felony counts related to the bonus program known as “21+” or “Blackjack.”

Nevada is not the only place where ACORN’s voter registration tactics are finally receiving prosecutorial attention. As many as 50 forged absentee ballots were filed in this September’s primary elections in Troy, New York, by a group called the Democratic and Working Families parties.

Working Family Party is simply another name for ACORN, as Roger Stone notes writing for :

The Working Families Party is not about working people or families and it isn’t really a party.  The WFP is a wholly owned subsidiary of ACORN. Bertha Lewis, co-chair of the Working Families Party, is the Executive Director of New York ACORN. New York ACORN leader Steven Kest was the moving force in forming the party and WFP headquarters are located at the same address as ACORN’s national and New York office at 88 Third Avenue in Brooklyn, New York.

WFP is essentially a money funnel which pays for an aggressive door to door canvas. [snip] The Working Families Party has no county organizations or county committee men or women and no local structure beyond its top leadership and an army of paid canvassers. Since the major parties no longer have the man power to organize an effective voter canvas, Democrats have turned to the WFP for their door to door campaign activities.

But more importantly, the Working Families Party is a criminal enterprise utilizing a for-profit political consulting firm, Data and Field Services (DFS), to skirt New York City election laws regarding public finance and campaign spending limits.

Illustrative of the crudeness of the operation are the details reported by the Times Union:

Attorneys consulted by the Times Union who are familiar with voter-fraud issues said the allegations surfacing in Troy may be unprecedented here and could result in criminal prosecutions.

Two of the absentee ballots reviewed by the newspaper carry addresses in Griswold Heights, a public housing complex, and are attributed to residents who have not lived there for years, records show. One of the ballots is listed under the name of Milagros Serrano, 44, who left Griswold Heights in October 2007 and now lives in Hollywood, Fla., records show.

The signature attributed to Serrano on the ballot looks nothing like her signature from a voter registration card filed several years ago at the Board of Elections. The hand-written excuse allegedly provided by Serrano for not voting in person in the primary states: ''Dartmouth Hos. doctor appt.''

Many other ballot applications also include fictitious reasons why the person needed an absentee ballot, including casino bus trips, Cape Cod vacations, work conferences and medical ailments. Several voters interviewed by the newspaper said someone wrote the information without their knowledge.

Little wonder that with evidence like this a special prosecutor appears likely to be appointed to conduct a probe.

I can’t wait for those well-funded, crack investigative reporters at the Center for Public Integrity to weigh in on these stories. Or are they waiting for that cute Hannah Giles to break the story for them?