ACORN and RICO

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ACORN and RICO sitting in a tree….

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The ACORN fiasco must be embarrassing for Obama, after all, they’re”‘just community organizers’, just like the President.”    Especially now since  34 investigations nation-wide are underway regarding voter fraud, they were caught giving advice on how to defraud the American taxpayer in order to set up a brothel with underage children, and founder Wade Rathke, an ex-weatherman underground member, was caught covering up a million-dollar embezzlement of taxpayer’s funds by his brother.  And now their funding has been cut off in a move that was inevitable as  the obot legislators scramble for cover and others simply revolt in disgust.

Millions of dollars later, and at the request of Representative Lamar Smith (TX), the Justice Department Inspector General has decided to open an internal investigation into  whether ACORN has applied for or received any DOJ grant money.  According to this article,

Now, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., both the ranking members of their chambers’ government oversight panels, are asking other agencies to do the same.

The federal agencies and departments asked to “review grants, contracts, entitlements and other forms of assistance to ACORN and its affiliates” included the Housing and Urban Development, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Treasury Department, U.S. Election Assistance Commission, Labor Department, Small Business Administration and Corporation for National and Community Service.

“As long as taxpayers are subsidizing ACORN and its affiliates, we need to use every measure possible to ensure that those dollars are being spent and managed appropriately,” Issa said in a written statement. “The way in which ACORN and its affiliates have structured their organization raises significant questions regarding their intent and use of federal dollars. Clearly just taking them at their word is not sufficient enough oversight.”

Although the increased investigations of ACORN are a welcome change, with some lawmakers actually having grown some nuts of their own, who will take the step to link these ‘separate’ investigations to the criminal enterprise that ACORN may have become? Notice by increasing the number and visibility of ACORN investigations, lawmakers can say they are doing something, but it is a distraction from the big picture: racketeering and corruption.

Enter RICO

In 1970,  Congress passed the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1961-1968. At the time, Congress’ goal was to eliminate the ill-affects of organized crime on the nation’s economy.  RICO was intended to destroy the Mafia.  Congress included mail and wire fraud as legitimate RICO claims thus broadening the scope of RICO’s reach.

Section 1964(c) of the RICO Act allows civil claims to be brought by any person injured in their business or property by reason of a RICO violation. Any person who succeeded in establishing a civil RICO claim would automatically receive judgment in the amount of three times their actual damages and would be awarded their costs and attorneys’ fees. The financial windfall available under RICO inspired the creativity of lawyers across the nation, and by the late 1980’s, RICO was a (if not the most) commonly asserted claim in federal court.

Although the RICO Act can be used in many contexts, the statute is most easily understood in its intended context: the Mafia. In the context of the Maifa, the defendant person (i.e., the target of the RICO Act) is the Godfather. The “racketeering activity” is the criminal activities in which the Mafia engages, e.g., extortion, bribery, loan sharking, murder, illegal drug sales, prostitution, etc. Because the Mafia family has engaged in these criminal actions for generations, the criminal actions constitute a pattern of racketeering activity. The government can criminally prosecute the Godfather under RICO and send him to jail even if the Godfather has never personally killed, extorted, bribed or engaged in any criminal behavior. The Godfather can be imprisoned because he operated and managed a criminal enterprise that engaged in such acts. Moreover, under section 1964(c) of the RICO Act, the victims of the Mafia family (i.e., the extorted businessman, the employers whose employees were bribed, debtors of the loan shark, the family of a murder victim) can sue the Godfather civilly and recover the economic losses they sustained by reason of the Mafia family’s pattern of racketeering.

ACORN appears to qualify as an ‘enterprise’, engaged in ‘interstate activity’ which so far has been shown to contain elements of fraud, intimidation, and misuse of funds. If ACORN is brought up under RICO charges, could taxpayers recover three times the amount of taxpayer monies ACORN received?

Now I understand why the Justice department has initiated an INTERNAL investigation, and why separate agencies are pursuing their own separate investigations. They should all be pressed to open a RICO investigation or to at least consider the scope of what is likely a criminal enterprise, disguised as a ‘community organization’.

Connect the dots? Not something Congress, Obama, or the Justice department want to do right now as the wheels would come off their wagon, and Obama and his Chicago boys would be exposed a long with them. As the scope of ACORN’s fraud becomes evident, more will fall…

Obama’s Fundraiser Indicted for Bank Fraud:

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hassan Nemazee, a fund-raiser for Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other Democrats, has been indicted for defrauding Bank of America, HSBC and Citigroup Inc out of more than $290 million in loan proceeds, U.S. prosecutors said on Monday.

The announcement follows last month’s indictment of Nemazee, head of a private equity firm and an Iranian American Political Action Committee board member, on one count of defrauding Citigroup’s Citibank.

The new indictment adds allegations that he defrauded two other banks, Bank of America and HSBC Bank USA, in a similar fashion by falsifying documents and signatures to purportedly show he had hundreds of millions worth of collateral.

The office of the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan and the FBI said he used the proceeds of his scheme to make donations to election campaigns of federal, state and local candidates, donations to political action committees and charities.

Pass the popcorn, please.

31 Responses to “ACORN and RICO”


  1. 1 Butters September 22, 2009 at 7:40 am

    http://www.clevelandleader.com/node/7203

    “Not only does Foulkes boast of Obama’s ACORN leadership training, but also makes it clear that Obama’s post-law school organizing of “Project VOTE” in 1992 was undertaken in direct partnership with ACORN. The tie between Project VOTE and ACORN is also something that Obama and others have attempted to disprove in recent weeks as ACORN has come under fire for allegations of voter registration fraud.”

  2. 2 Butters September 22, 2009 at 7:49 am

    Did you know that ACORN evidently gets funds from United Way organizations across America?

    So can United Way contributors use this from RICO you quoted above?

    “Section 1964(c) of the RICO Act allows civil claims to be brought by any person injured in their business or property by reason of a RICO violation. Any person who succeeded in establishing a civil RICO claim would automatically receive judgment in the amount of three times their actual damages and would be awarded their costs and attorneys’ fees.

    • 3 drkate September 22, 2009 at 4:09 pm

      wow, i was not aware of that. Now if the use of their funds was improper and fits a pattern, perhaps this might make a good rico case.

  3. 4 susan h September 22, 2009 at 8:41 am

    I believe the Obama/Tony Rezko connection comes into play here. Rezko provided sub-standard housing to people in Obama’s congressional district (Rezko was convicted of criminal activity and I believe is now in jail). Obama pleads not to have know Rezko too well (that is a big lie) but there is proof that Obama’s house (his mansion in Hyde Park) was purchased from Rezko at a lower than value amount with a deed in Michelle Obama’s name (possible favor for his help to Rezko?) This all went on when Obama was an Illinois congressman and he helped Rezko with his shady operations. The newspapers in Chicago refused to connect the dots to Obama and again covered up for him, before, during and after the campaign.

    • 5 drkate September 22, 2009 at 4:12 pm

      absolutely. I sometimes am so frustrated that I can’t research everything and put it into every post. I am so thankful for readers like you who I count on very much to add to this dialogue.

      thanks Susan H

    • 6 jbjd September 23, 2009 at 10:39 am

      No; he began with that story, ‘I only did a few hours of legal work for him.’ Then, it was, ‘He did a walk-thru on the house I wanted to buy.’ (I said at that time, if Rezko did not present BO with a bill; which BO paid; then, they are friends.) Next, BO admitted he and his wife visited the Rezko’s at their vacation home. http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2008/08/mccain_says_obama_has_his_own.html

  4. 7 Fernley Girl September 22, 2009 at 8:58 am

    Replace the words “mafia” and “Godfather” with the words “government” and “President”. WE need to investigate THEM under the RICO Act.

  5. 9 susan h September 22, 2009 at 9:28 am

    An article below by John Fund in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal. Obama is “pretending” to be ignorant of ACORN, but in fact his ties go way back and are pretty far-reaching.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204488304574427041636360388.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

  6. 10 Renee September 22, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Kissing !
    DrKate, You made me laugh !

    First comes love, then comes damage, then comes rip offs hidden in the baby carriage !

    LOL !!!!

    • 11 d2i September 22, 2009 at 2:37 pm

      What does this mean? Just curious.🙂

      • 12 Renee September 22, 2009 at 4:32 pm

        d2i, I guess you never were into jumping rope ! An old childhood song… Just changed it a bit for ACORN, and finished it for DrKate.
        ACORN and RICO sitting in a tree,
        k-i-s-s-i-n-g

    • 13 drkate September 22, 2009 at 9:40 pm

      lololololol thanks for finishing that! Now I can’t get that tune out of my head after it popped in last night when I started writing…..lololol

      • 14 jbjd September 23, 2009 at 10:41 am

        That’s what happened when I came up with the title for my last post, “THE CHEESE STANDS ALONE.” (Or my acronym for the oft-repeated universal health care HRC envisioned: E veryone I n, N o one Out EIEI NO.

  7. 15 mcnorman September 22, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    SEIU wants home healthcare in KS. The amount of $$$ that this group throws out to play is a bit disturbing.

    “The SEIU has been a key supporter of Democratic candidates across the country. Last year, the union gave $100,000 to a political action committee controlled by Kathleen Sebelius, Parkinson’s predecessor and now the U.S. secretary of health and human services.

    The SEIU also gave $31,000 to Sebelius’ campaigns for governor.”

    http://mcnorman.wordpress.com/2009/09/22/kathleen-sebelius-health-care-reform-via-seiu/

  8. 18 mcnorman September 22, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Bam really did not want to talk about ACORN this weekend. How soon he forgets?

    In 1996, Mr. Obama filled out a questionnaire listing key supporters for his campaign for the Illinois Senate. He put Acorn first (it was not an alphabetical list). In the U.S. Senate, Mr. Obama became the leading critic of Voter ID laws, whose overturn was a top Acorn priority. In 2007, in a speech to Acorn’s leaders prior to their political arm’s endorsement of his presidential campaign, Mr. Obama was effusive: “I’ve been fighting alongside of Acorn on issues you care about my entire career. Even before I was an elected official, when I ran Project Vote in Illinois, Acorn was smack dab in the middle of it, and we appreciate your work.”

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204488304574427041636360388.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

  9. 19 shhhithitsthefan September 22, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    A very interesting analogy you have drawn here. But unless the roar for such an investigation becomes deafening there is no way the Justice Department under Eric Hold(back)er is going to do anything about it. He is too tied up in the much himself to allow the investigation to proceed. But one never knows what the will of a gazillion bloggers can do if coordinated properly.

    • 20 mcnorman September 22, 2009 at 3:46 pm

      It’s on Shhh.

      • 21 drkate September 22, 2009 at 4:18 pm

        I agree, it will be hard to get Holdback to do anything or to look in the right places.

        But certainly they are going to be exposed…and the hundreds and thousands of bloggers will embarrass the heck of all of them!

        I hope that we can uncover ACORN and various politicians who have been helped by their fraudulent voter registration operation

        • 22 mcnorman September 22, 2009 at 7:20 pm

          It is quite unfortunate that this administration must be shamed. I agree, thousands of bloggers will make this happen. We sat and watched in disbelief that our country could be taken over by hooligans. No more.

    • 23 thedametruth September 22, 2009 at 7:26 pm

      True enough. However, Americans will not be put off–the work of bloggers and researchers in the last year illustrates that. All that we have put out since then is now coming to the forefront and even Fringe Media has no choice but to finally mention it. We SHALL prevail. And exposed.

  10. 24 d2i September 22, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    There’s an interesting post over at RedState that highlights the intimacy b/w Bertha Lewis, CEO of ACORN, and the WH Office of Political Affairs. An insider leaked Birtha’s rolodex and apparently she has all of the current contact information for the Director of the office, Gaspard. You don’t get that type of access unless you’re a friendly.

    http://www.redstate.com/erick/2009/09/22/redstate-exclusive-a-review-of-acorn-ceo-bertha-lewiss-rolodex-suggests-strong-white-house-ties/

  11. 26 d2i September 22, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    thought y’all would appreciate this. Top story over at RBO by beethovenqueen.

    http://therealbarackobama.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/o-gets-heart-to-heart.png?w=500&h=396

  12. 27 d2i September 22, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    from the Guardian – a blogger posted this –

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    When will the Guardian and its commentators realize that global warming is a non-issue in the USA? Nobody is going to willingly see their jobs threatened for the sake of carbon emission reductions. Watch what happens to cap and trade. Watch what happens in Europe, too, as the costs of climate legislation become more manifest. (Hint: Australia). This issue is dead in the water, and you might as well get over it.

    For the rest, the author displays an astonishing ignorance of US Constitutional history. The structuring of the Senate and the House were conscious, deliberate actions of the framers of the Constitution, precisely to insure the “checks and balances” that they were striving for.

    The House is constructed according to population, and House members have a two-year term. Thus they are more likely to be influenced by public opinion and short-term trends – and indeed they are. They are, in fact, in permanent re-election mode, which is precisely why Obama’s programs are in such trouble (54 Democratic congressmen come from demographically conservative districts that went for McCain.)

    The Senate, by contrast, was deliberately set up to be the more conservative chamber. Not only are there two senators per state – thus nullifying the population advantages of the bigger states – but senators are elected for six year terms. The theory is that the individual Senator, safe for six years, need not be as swayed by short-term trends. What’s more, the terms are staggered so that one third of the Senate comes up for re-election every two years, thus giving the body an infusion of new ideas (or at least, Senators who have had to be re-elected in face of current trends and issues).

    It’s all very conscious and purposeful, because gridlock was the utopia that the framers of the constitution were seeking in their fear of tyranny (tyranny of the majority, tyranny of minority, tyranny of short-term popular passions, etc.)

    I am not suggesting that the author should have added dozens of paragraphs of constitutional history to this article, but to have demonstrated even a nodding acquaintance with the underlying forces would have been useful.

    The earlier level of runaway enthusiasm for Obama was precisely the kind of short-term mania of which the framers of the Constitution were rightly suspicious. The growing disillusionment confirms the wisdom of their views.
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  13. 28 Kay September 23, 2009 at 12:13 am

    Dr. Kate,
    I think this is a great video and it so belongs here and everywhere we can post it!

    H/T Logistics Monster


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