Tuesday, October 14, 2008

RICO action filed against ACORN

This press release just in:

Contact: Maurice Thompson, (614) 224-4422
Tuesday, October 14, 2008


Think Tank Represents Two Warren County Voters

COLUMBUS – The Buckeye Institute, a Columbus-based think tank, today filed a state RICO action against the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) on behalf of two Warren County voters. The action filed in Warren County Court of Common Pleas alleges ACORN has engaged in a pattern of corrupt activity that amounts to organized crime. It seeks ACORN’s dissolution as a legal entity, the revocation of any licenses in Ohio, and an injunction against fraudulent voter registration and other illegal activities.

Plaintiffs Jennifer Miller of Mason, Ohio and Kimberly Grant of Loveland, allege that ACORN's actions deprive them of the right to participate in an honest and effective elections process. They allege fraudulent voter registrations submitted by ACORN dilute the votes of legally registered voters.

“The right to cast a vote that is not diluted by fraudulent votes is a fundamental individual right,” Buckeye Institute President David Hansen said.

“ACORN appears to be recklessly disregarding Ohio laws and adding thousands of fraudulent voters to the state’s roles in the process,” Maurice Thompson, Director of the Buckeye Institute’s 1851 Center for Constitutional Law said. “Such voter fraud erodes the value of legally cast votes,” he added.

In the complaint, Thompson cites an accumulation of evidence showing numerous instances of admitted fraud by ACORN employees, as well as individuals solicited by ACORN.

“In light of its hiring, training and compensation practices, ACORN should have known its conduct would cause fraud,” Thompson said. “It also should know that its conduct will cause fraud in the future.”

In addition, the complaint cites conduct by ACORN in Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

A full copy of the complaint is available online at http://www.buckeyeinstitute.org/acorn.pdf.

The Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions, together with its 1851 Center for Constitutional Law, is a nonpartisan research and educational institute devoted to individual liberty, economic freedom, personal responsibility and limited government in Ohio.


Dan @ Necessary Roughness said...

Wow. Good luck with that.

Ben said...


Connect the Dots 2006 said...

Probably a case of too little, too late. It's definitely worth a try. What do we have to lose?

Tim Higgins said...


The truly shocking thing here is that this has been going on with ACORN for many years and all have cast a blind eye to it. While I applaud the Buckeye Institute for stepping into this one, it is my belief that the legal wrangling will last well past the 2008 election. The appearance of Republican sour grapes due to poor performance will become the story in the media, and this will reflect poorly on all Republican candidates

Chuck Greer said...

Michelle Malkin has been thumping on the despots at ACORN for years now, but you rarely saw mention of their shenanigans in most other places. Not all cast a blind eye, but no doubt too many did, and here we are...

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