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.
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.