State Court Tosses ACORN’s Sham Lawsuit
On March 4th, the Circuit Court of Baltimore City dismissed ACORN’s suit against James O’Keefe, Hannah Giles and Breitbart LLC. According to court documents, posted by Ben Sheffner at Big Government.com, ACORN failed to serve the complaint against the three within the 120 day limit established by Maryland law. Sheffner says that the suit was a public relations bluff, a “press release on pleading papers.”
O’Keefe and Giles recorded ACORN employees at it’s Baltimore office offering them advice on how to evade taxes and establish a brothel with underage South American girls. Baltimore was one of four offices across the country at which the pair caught ACORN employees offering such advice. ACORN fired the two Baltimore employees.
State records also show that ACORN may have been operating illegally in the state of Maryland since 2006.
As Sheffner notes, ACORN announced the suit with great fanfare last September and the region’s two largest news outlets the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun dutifully reported it. However, they completely missed the suit’s dismissal. Of course, the mainstream media was slow to pick up on ACORN’s long record of voter fraud and corruption.
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On the heels of the dismissal, government watchdog Judicial Watch now claims because of Barack Obama’s close ties to ACORN, his Justice Department shut down a criminal investigation into the community organizing group. Judicial Watch claims to have documents showing “evident criminal conduct” by ACORN.
Even though Obama’s presidential campaign vocifierously dismissed ties to the group, it paid ACORN subsidiary Citizens Services Inc. $800,000 for get out the vote activities during the 2008 campaign.
Obama was captured on video saying:
When I ran Project Vote, the voter registration drive in Illinois, ACORN was smack dab in the middle of it. Once I was elected there wasn’t a campaign that ACORN worked on down in Springfield that I wasn’t right there with you. Since I have been in the United States Senate I’ve been always a partner with ACORN as well. I’ve been fighting with ACORN, alongside ACORN, on issues you care about my entire career.
When the ACORN video stories broke most Maryland Democrats kept silent, which is to be expected since no Democratic machine politician wants to bite the hand that feeds them so many votes on election day.
Governor O’Malley failed to condemn their actions. As Mayor of Baltimore, O’Malley had his own run in with ACORN. In 2003, ACORN bussed in a group of thugs to protest outside his home, where they—in O’Malley’s words, “unloaded a busload of people shouting pretty ugly things and scared the daylights out of my wife and kids.” Perhaps O’Malley wants to forget that episode because after the protests ACORN kept it’s $50,000 grant from the city. An odd occurence given O’Malley labeled ACORN’s actions, “a pretty cruddy thing to do.”
In 2008, Maryland Congresswoman Donna Edwards faced accusations that her campaign engaged in shady dealings with Citizens Services Inc. and another ACORN subsidiary Communities Voting Together. Her primary opponent, Al Wynn, linked hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant awards from her former employer, the Arca Foundation, to the two subsidiaries and payments from Edwards’ campaign to both organizations for campaign activities attacking him and promoting Edwards.