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ACORN Offshoot Sues Massachusetts for Failing to Register Welfare Recipients

Written by Tom Fitton

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Think ACORN is defunct and no longer able to exert its corrupt influence in the 2012 presidential election campaign? Think again. Splintered across the country, into dozens of difficult to track state organizations, the ACORN network is now working hand-in-hand with the Holder Department of Justice (DOJ) to register voters for Obama’s “Food Stamp Army” to help him retain power in November.

ACORNIn fact, according to The Associated Press, one of the ACORN offshoots, New England United 4 Justice (NEU4J), recently sued the State of Massachusetts to address the “problem” of registering to vote at welfare and DMV offices:

Massachusetts citizen and community groups are suing the state for allegedly failing to offer recipients of public assistance help in registering to vote.

The suit was filed in federal court on Tuesday (May 15) by the regional office of the NAACP, the group New England United for Justice and Bethzaida Delgado, a Massachusetts woman who said she was repeatedly denied voter registration services.

The suit alleges that Secretary of State William Galvin’s office and the state Department of Transitional Assistance violated the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 by failing to offer registration opportunities to the poor.

(If you’re a student of leftist agitprop, you can read the ACORN front group complaint here.)

Just like the other ACORN “Frankensteins,” as former ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis calls them, NEU4J would like you to believe that they are a brand new organization, completely separate from the disgraced “community organization” that was forced to file bankruptcy. Not true, as our Corruption Chronicles blogger Irene Garcia reports:

NEU4J is the reincarnation of ACORN in New England, according to a Judicial Watch analysis of records. Its president, Maude Hurd, was previously the national president of ACORN and a board member at ACORN Housing. Its executive director is Noemi Ramos, who was ACORN Boston’s head organizer, and its vice president is former ACORN Massachusetts President Sandra Ramgeet. Much like ACORN, NEU4J promotes social justice by representing low and moderate income families.

Now let me put this lawsuit in the context of a larger campaign by the Obama gang’s two-pronged strategy to steal the elections by manipulating the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).

Step 1: Use the full weight of the Obama DOJ to enforce Section 7 of the NVRA, which instructs public assistance agencies to register low-income voters, widely considered a key voting demographic for the Obama campaign.

Step 2: Ignore Section 8 of the NVRA, which requires the states to take reasonable steps to ensure that the voting rolls are accurate (by doing simple things, such as removing dead people from the rolls).

And how does the ACORN network fit into this plan?

Judicial Watch has uncovered documents showing that the Obama DOJ is now working with ACORN-front Project Vote, Barack Obama’s former employer, to boost registration numbers for welfare recipients across the country.

For example, according to internal DOJ email correspondence obtained by Judicial Watch, “civil rights groups” – led by former ACORN attorney and current Project Vote Director of Advocacy Estelle Rogers – met with Associate Attorney General Thomas J. Perrelli on March 17, 2011, specifically to discuss Section 7 of National Voting Rights Act.

Following the meeting, Rogers and the “undersigned voting rights groups” that met with Perrelli sent detailed recommendations to the associate attorney general for strengthening compliance with the NVRA. Forwarded to Perrelli by Rogers, the recommendations stated “we are grateful that you have invited us to continue this dialogue on the Department’s [DOJ’s] role in providing guidance to states, and we would be happy to supply any additional information you need.”

Project Vote and the Obama DOJ have also filed copycat lawsuits using the NVRA to attack states that are not registering enough (in their minds) public assistance voters.

ACORN’s new state organizations are in on the scheme and are using their resources to contribute to this effort.  According to a JW investigation, after ACORN pressured the State of Colorado to boost registration numbers for welfare recipients, the percentage of invalid voter registration forms from Colorado public assistance agencies jumped to four times the national average!

(And if you want to know why this coordinated strategy between the Obama DOJ, ACORN, its partner Project Vote, and the dozens of ACORN offshoots nationwide is so dangerous to free and fair elections this fall, please read our special report, “The Rebranding of ACORN.”)

ACORN and Project Vote were responsible for massive voter registration fraud in the 2008 election cycle (the one that elected former Project Vote executive director, Barack Obama).  So to have these groups working with the DOJ on election law is like having the Mafia running the FBI.

If you’ve been reading my updates over the last few months, you know that Judicial Watch has devised a strategy to counter the Obama gang’s scurrilous campaign to re-elect Obama by hook or by crook. We call it our “2012 Election Integrity Project.” And one of the most critical areas of focus for Judicial Watch is dirty voter registration rolls.

Our investigations team analyzed voter registration data to determine which states have the dirtiest voter registration lists. According to this investigation, some of the worst offenders are Mississippi, Iowa, Indiana, Missouri, Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Florida, Alabama, California, and Colorado.

We have notified election officials in these states that if they fail to clean up voter rolls in accordance with the law, Judicial Watch is prepared to file lawsuits to force them to do it.  (Judicial Watch lawyers are preparing lawsuits as I write this.)

It is no exaggeration to say that our 2012 Election Integrity Project is among the most important programs we’ve ever initiated. And for this reason you can expect to hear additional updates in this space very soon.

CPAC Chicago

I will be speaking at CPAC in Chicago on Friday, June 8, 2012, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Judicial Watch will have a booth, and you are invited to stop by and say hello if you are in town.

Until next week

Tom_FittonTom Fitton

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