A recent meeting of Aetna Inc. shareholders in Philadelphia was disrupted by a crew of protesters who stormed into the meeting, chanting and carrying signs. A couple were detained and all were ejected.
Now “Subversion Inc.” author Matthew Vadum, an award-winning investigative journalist, says the invasion was staged by none other than ACORN, the Association for Community Organizations for Reform Now and longtime ally of Barack Obama, or at least its derivatives.
But didn’t ACORN announced it was dissolving its national structure?
Well, yes. But that doesn’t make much difference, as the organization continues to pursue its agenda under new names, Vadum reports.
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“This ACORN front group uses the same time-honored, Saul Alinsky-inspired tactics of intimidation and disruption that ACORN used for 40 years. There is an excellent chance they’ll be hitting up Aetna – if they haven’t already – for a ‘donation’ to make them go away,” Vadum told WND.
The invasion of the corporate meeting was detailed by Jane Von Bergen at the Inquirer website location.
The report said the protesters “crashed Aetna Inc.’s annual shareholders meeting … accusing the Connecticut-based health insurer of publicly supporting President Obama’s health-care plan while privately funneling money to its opponents – in particular, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.”
The report said Aetna chairman Mark T. Bertolini had gone to the microphone when the protesters came into the room. Hotel security and police hurried the group out.
“Unfortunately, Aetna’s shareholder meeting this morning was disrupted by a group of protesters,” the company said in a statement. “We believe this disruption was inappropriate, uncivil and unsafe. Aetna has been a strong proponent of health-care reform and has been working to shape the future of health care for the past decade.”
Reports cited the organization Action United as being part of the protest, and Vadum said that’s just a new name for Pennsylvania Communities Organizing for Change.
Vadum’s book reports that ACORN maintains a wide range of business practices and “byzantine” organizational arrangements to try to avoid public examination.
“The fact that ACORN moves money and employees around the ACORN network like pawns in a chess game makes the group very difficult to investigate. ACORN-affiliated groups often have overlapping boards of directors and share the same office space and workers,” he reported.
He said PCOC registered as a nonprofit corporation with the Pennsylvania Department of State on January 8, 2010 as part of ACORN’s effort to surreptitiously build a new network of activist groups under the radar.
Then Vadum said soon after, Pennsylvania ACORN leaders decided to stop using the group’s name in public and registered a series of “fictitious business names” or trade names with the Pennsylvania Department of State last year.
The three business names are: “Action United” (registered July 26, 2010); “Action United Education Fund” (August 9, 2010); and “Action United Political Action Committee” (October 1, 2010), Vadum explained.
“This sort of sleazy, deceptive behavior is standard operating procedure with the wily leaders of ACORN,” Vadum told WND. “Clearly this was done to throw ACORN watchers off the trail.”
Vadum noted that the registrations for PCOC and all its business names all show an office address of 846 North Broad Street, Philadelphia. That address was the longtime office of Philadelphia ACORN headquarters. Another Pennsylvania ACORN front group, Pennsylvania Neighborhoods for Social Justice (PNSJ), is also registered at the same address.
The connections of PCOC, doing business as Action United, to ACORN don’t stop there, he continued.
Action United’s Facebook page indicates the group “likes” two other newly created ACORN front groups: Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment and Organization United for Reform (Washington State). The group also “likes” the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which has long been associated with ACORN.
ACORN veterans are heavily involved in both groups, according to Vadum’s book.
Pat Worrell, now of Action United, had had been chairwoman of ACORN’s chapter in Chester.
Vadum, senior editor at Capital Research Center, a think tank that studies left-wing advocacy groups and their funders, has assembled his information about ACORN from nearly three years of research and hundreds of interviews.
The book suggests ACORN’s “anti-democratic, un-American activities are not legitimate political advocacy protected by the First Amendment. They cry out for prosecution under federal racketeering laws.”
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.