A Wall Street Journal writer has documented President Obama has a 20-year history with ACORN, the now-beleaguered community-organizing enterprise that was founded by a team of undercover volunteers apparently willing to aid and abet child prostitution and tax evasion.
But there’s no explanation or elaboration coming from the White House, at least now. Press secretary Robert Gibbs declined today to give WND an opportunity to ask about the links uncovered by writer John Fund.
Les Kinsolving, WND’s reporter at the White House and one of the most-senior reporters on the beat, wanted to ask: “The Wall Street Journal’s John Fund reports President Obama not only was an attorney for ACORN, but in 1996 he listed ACORN as first among his key supporters for his campaign for Illinois state senate. Does the president believe John Fund is inaccurate or unfair?”
Fund, in his recent column, commented on Obama’s professed ignorance about ACORN’s recent troubles, including bills passed by the House and Senate to cut off funding.
“It’s not something I’ve followed closely,” the president said.
Fund wrote that Obama “took great pains to act as if he barely knew about ACORN. In fact, his association goes back almost 20 years.”
“In 1991, he took time off from his law firm to run a voter-registration drive for Project Vote, an ACORN partner that was soon fully absorbed under the ACORN umbrella,” Fund said. “The drive registered 135,000 voters and was considered a major factor in the upset victory of Democrat Carol Moseley Braun over incumbent Democratic Senator Alan Dixon in the 1992 Democratic Senate primary.”
Fund described how Obama’s success “made him a hot commodity on the community organizing circuit” and how he became “a top trainer at ACORN’s Chicago conferences.”
“In 1995, he became ACORN’s attorney, participating in a landmark case to force the state of Illinois to implement the federal Motor Voter Law. That law’s loose voter registration requirements would later be exploited by ACORN employees in an effort to flood voter rolls with fake names,” Fund wrote.
“In 1996, Mr. Obama filled out a questionnaire listing key supporters for his campaign for the Illinois Senate. He put ACORN first (it was not an alphabetical list). In the U.S. Senate, Mr. Obama became the leading critic of Voter ID laws, whose overturn was a top ACORN priority. In 2007, in a speech to ACORN’s leaders prior to their political arm’s endorsement of his presidential campaign, Mr. Obama was effusive: ‘I’ve been fighting alongside of ACORN on issues you care about my entire career. Even before I was an elected official, when I ran Project Vote in Illinois, ACORN was smack dab in the middle of it, and we appreciate your work,'” Fund wrote.
He also described how the Obama campaign a number of times has downplayed the president’s obvious connections, including the $832,000 Obama gave an ACORN subsidiary for get-out-the-vote activities last year. The campaign listed the expenses as “staging” and other services, “only correcting the filings after the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review revealed their true nature.”
“Here’s hoping White House reporters will press the president to clarify just how much he really knows about ACORN and when he knew it,” Fund wrote.
A second, also unanswered, question was whether it was appropriate for the White House to “pressure” state officials regarding their endorsements for governor.