President Obama isn’t the only longtime ACORN operative who has spent time in the White House, according to a newly published book.
Obama White House political director Patrick Gaspard, who held the same title as Karl Rove in President Bush’s White House, also helped to execute ACORN’s 40-year plan to transform America into a socialist country, according to a stunning new book, “Subversion Inc.,” by award-winning investigative journalist Matthew Vadum.
Vadum, senior editor at Capital Research Center, a think tank that studies left-wing advocacy groups and their funders, has assembled the information from nearly three years of research and hundreds of interviews.
Gaspard is now executive director of the Democratic National Committee. As day-to-day DNC boss, Gaspard is in charge of “Organizing for America,” a Saul Alinsky-inspired pressure group that helps Democrats “get in the face” of voters, to borrow President Obama’s memorable phrase from the 2008 campaign trail.
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“Anyone who cares about America’s free and open democratic processes ought to be very concerned that a dirty trickster like Gaspard is running the DNC’s official activism arm,” Vadum told WND.
The book reveals that Gaspard comes from the same world of radical left-wing community organizing that shaped Obama. He is well schooled in the brutal, street-smart organizing techniques taught by Alinsky, a communist sympathizer who is considered to be the so-called father of community organizing. Obama taught the methods of Alinsky, who died in 1972, to ACORN activists and as a lecturer at the University of Chicago.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was also inspired by Alinsky and wrote her Wellesley college thesis on the man. Alinsky was so impressed by young Hillary that he offered her a job at his organizing powerhouse, the Industrial Areas Foundation.
Evidence suggests that years before he joined the Obama administration, Gaspard was ACORN national chief organizer Bertha Lewis’ political director when she headed the New York chapter of ACORN.
How do we actually know Gaspard, who shuns the public spotlight and scarcely appears in Nexis searches, was Lewis’ right-hand man? Because Gaspard’s employment with ACORN was acknowledged by no less an authority than ACORN founder Wade Rathke himself, according to Vadum’s book.
In a May 16, 2009, post at his Chief Organizer blog, Rathke referred to Gaspard as having been “ACORN New York’s political director” before he became executive vice president for political and legislative affairs for Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1199 (United Healthcare Workers East).
Vadum also notes in his book that of all the entries in Bertha Lewis’ rolodex, a copy of which he gained possession of in 2009, the entry for Gaspard is the most extensive.
Gaspard’s ties to ACORN, SEIU, and Lewis go back at least to 1989, when he volunteered for the David Dinkins mayoral campaign in New York City. In 2003, he became acting field director for Howard Dean’s presidential bid. He was national field director in 2004 for America Coming Together, a now-defunct get-out-the-vote operation that received a $775,000 fine for campaign finance abuses. In 2006, Gaspard was acting
political director for SEIU International. In 2008, Gaspard worked as national political director for the Obama campaign followed by a stint as associate personnel director for the Obama-Biden transition team.
As the old Washington saying goes, politics is personnel. Who knows how many administration officials were put in place by Gaspard with direct input from ACORN’s Lewis?
Gaspard also worked for New York’s Working Families Party, an appendage of ACORN. Lewis is a co-founder of that party – which endorsed Obama in 2008 – and has close ties to Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., who adamantly refused to have the House Judiciary subcommittee he chaired at the time investigate ACORN. In fall 2009, Nadler served as unofficial legal adviser to ACORN when he argued that depriving ACORN of federal funding constituted an unconstitutional “bill of attainder.”
As news of Gaspard’s involvement with ACORN spread, Rathke changed his blog entry. Where he had written that Gaspard worked for New York ACORN, he inserted two new sentences: “This line used to contain a reference to Patrick Gaspard working for NY ACORN. This is untrue, he never worked for ACORN.”
But the book notes that Rathke wasn’t able to shove all evidence tying Gaspard to ACORN down the memory hole. If Gaspard isn’t tied to ACORN, why did he sign a letter to the editor of the Nation magazine (dated July 2, 2001) on behalf of the Working Families Party of New York? The party is a subsidiary of ACORN, according to ACORN’s website which in 2009 confirmed that in 1998, “ACORN members spearhead[ed] formation of the Working Families Party, the first community-labor party with official ballot status in New York state in more than 50 years.”
Vadum also obtained internal ACORN documents that show Gaspard gave ACORN $40,000 before he joined the Obama administration. While Gaspard worked as an executive vice president of SEIU Local 1199, he gave ACORN $15,000 in 2007 and $25,000 in 2008. That’s an awfully large tithe for someone who made $111,894 in 2007 and who has a wife and two children.
Moreover, Gaspard hails from New York, which has a crushing tax burden, especially for individuals earning six-figure salaries – and he lived in the upscale neighborhood of Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Given Gaspard’s longstanding links to ACORN, it’s not at all surprising that
Scott Levenson, a lobbyist and spokesman for ACORN, dropped by the White House in March 2009 to visit with his former co-worker.
The purpose of the meeting was not disclosed.
Because of the potentially criminal activity documented in this explosive book, copies of “Subversion, Inc.” by Matthew Vadum have been sent by the publisher, WND Books, to all 535 members of the House and Senate in hopes of prompting further investigation of ACORN and its tentacles.