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Thu May 22, 2014, 11:56 AM

34. ...and the expected cherry picked talking points.


Michelle Obama’s old law firm is representing ACORN’s board in an internal embezzlement case
The Obamas met at Sidley Austin when Barack interned there after his first year at Harvard Law School. After law school, Barack represented ACORN in a voter registration case.
Offering private legal support

On June 14, 2010, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its findings which showed that ACORN evidenced no sign that it, or any of its related organizations, mishandled any federal money they had received
In response to an inquiry from a Housing and Urban Development Department lawyer, David Barron, the acting assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel, wrote a five-page memorandum concluding that the law does not prohibit the government from paying ACORN for services already performed
Directing gov't investigation clearing ACORN

“Obama: So there’s been fraud perpetrated probably on ACORN, if they paid these individuals and they actually didn’t do registrations, but this isn’t a situation where there’s actually people who are going to try to vote, ‘cause these are phony names, and it’s doubtful Tony Romo is gonna show up in Ohio to vote, so this is another one of these distractions that gets stirred up in the course of a campaign."

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2009/12/08/DOJ-Defends-ACORN-Funding-Ban-While-Gutting-It Breibarts constant whine that DOJ and by extension Obama is making prosecution of ACORN voter registration fraud, embezzlement and de-funding too difficult.

After looking up the history of ACORN, it becomes very apparent that the Right and more specifically Issa, was making a long term, multi-pronged and concerted attack on the organization. From DOJ and state investigations, to the media lies to O'keefe continued stings. Clearly the public had been fed propogandized Right Wing redacted and edited news. The RIGHT was forming the narrative that they knew would engineer the suppression of Dem votes, so they had plenty of incentives to work hard at disbanding the organization. Congress holds the purse strings, they were convinced..or at the least finally had the means by which they could pretend to be convinced on ACORN wrong doing. Certainly actual missteps from the organizerss and volunteers of ACORN hurt them and put the final nail in the coffin. I believe Obama did what he could and at some point realized the huge, long term effort of legal and media based harassmentt and misinformation had tipped the scales.

In practical and realistic terms, how in the hell was he supposed to counter funding deregulationn of Congress?

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