By: Dave Eberhart and Jim Meyers
McCain-Palin campaign manager Rick Davis has accused Barack Obama of lying to the American people about his true affiliation with ACORN.
The allegation came in reaction to court testimony Wednesday from a former employee of an ACORN affiliate disclosing the organization’s ties to the Obama campaign.
ACORN, the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now, has come under intense fire for, among other things, registering folks who don’t exist. The FBI is investigating its voter registration efforts in several states amid allegations that almost one-third of the 1.3 million registration cards it turned in are invalid.
The testimony of the former worker for an ACORN affiliate “proves Barack Obama is guilty of lying to the American people about his relationship with ACORN,” Davis said.
“At the last presidential debate, in front of 60 million people, Barack Obama said his campaign was not involved with ACORN.
“We now know that Barack Obama’s campaign was working hand-in-glove with an organization reportedly under investigation by the FBI and in more than a dozen states.
“In addition to funneling $832,000 to ACORN for get-out-the-vote efforts, the Obama campaign and ACORN have been sharing donor lists, encouraging maxed-out Obama donors to contribute to this unethical organization.”
Davis based his latest charge on the court testimony of Anita Moncrief, a former employee of ACORN sister organization Project Vote.
She testified in a Pennsylvania court on Wednesday that the organization was provided a donor list from Obama’s presidential in late 2007 for fundraising efforts.
Moncrief, a former Washington, D.C., staffer for Project Vote, said her supervisor acknowledged that the list of contributors came from the Obama campaign, according to a report in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Moncrief said she has a copy of a development plan that outlines how Obama contributors who had maxed out under federal contribution limits would be targeted to give to Project Vote, and that it was her job to identify such contributors.
She testified further that ACORN and Project Vote are virtually identical.
During the Oct. 15 Presidential debate, here is what Obama said about his ties to ACORN:
“Now, with respect to ACORN, ACORN is a community organization. Apparently what they’ve done is they were paying people to go out and register folks, and apparently some of the people who were out there didn’t really register people, they just filled out a bunch of names. It had nothing to do with us.
“We were not involved. The only involvement I’ve had with ACORN was I represented them alongside the U.S. Justice Department in making Illinois implement a motor voter law that helped people get registered at DMVs.”
Moncrief testified in connection with a case the state’s Republican Party brought, seeking Project Vote’s registration lists.
ACORN’s quality-control efforts were “minimal or nonexistent,” she said, adding that she was distressed by ACORN’s “Muscle for Money” Program, which she claimed intimidated businesses ACORN opposed into paying “protection” money in the form of grants, Wall Street Journal columnist John Fund disclosed.
Moncrief joined Project Vote in 2005 and was fired early this year over personal expenses she had put on the organization’s credit card.
“Anyone [at ACORN] who questioned what was going on was viewed as the enemy,” she told Fund.
“Just like the mob, no one leaves ACORN happily.”
There has never been a doubt as to which candidate ACORN supports for president. Its Political Action Committee officially endorsed Barack Obama on Feb. 21.
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