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May a Thousand New ACORNs Take Rootnew

ACORN took formal steps last week toward dissolution, but its work will continue under similar organizations with new names.
Arkansas Times  |  Max Brantley  |  04-01-2010  |  Commentary

Idaho Donations Couldn't Support Local ACORN Worknew

When ACORN came to Idaho in 2007, its first act was bringing a traffic engineer to Latah and Nez Perce streets and getting the city to turn the intersection into a four-way stop. After growing a small membership, the operation closed unexpectedly in the fall of 2008.
Boise Weekly  |  Gavin Dahl  |  10-21-2009  |  Politics

Analyzing the Media's Lazy Reporting on ACORNnew

The current causus belli is ACORN's alleged promotion of voter registration fraud and voter fraud during the 2008 election campaign. That continuing assault and news media complicity are the subjects of an independent media study by Peter Dreier and Christopher Martin.
Cincinnati CityBeat  |  Ben L. Kaufman  |  10-16-2009  |  Commentary

For a Bogeyman, ACORN Sure is Smallnew

What's missing from the news media's ACORN stories is any sense of perspective or proportion. In North Carolina, the organization employs eight people, and it operates on a annual budget of between $400,000 and $450,000.
INDY Week  |  Bob Geary  |  10-01-2009  |  Politics

How ACORN Foresaw the Foreclosure Crisis in 2001new

The grassroots group helped Oakland pass a tough anti-predatory lending law that would have halted the housing crisis before it started. Then subprime lenders started making campaign contributions in Sacramento.
East Bay Express  |  Robert Gammon  |  09-30-2009  |  Economy

The '08 Election Made ACORN a Household Name, but At What Cost?new

Although ACORN has spent the last 38 years helping low- and middle-income families with problems as big as home foreclosures and as small as neighborhood speed bumps, for many Americans the 2008 campaign marked the first time they’d ever heard of it.
San Antonio Current  |  Gilbert Garcia  |  12-18-2008  |  Politics

What If the Election Doesn't End on Tuesday?new

The GOP fuss over the ACORN isn't just a way to whip up the conservative base. It's a possible prelude to post-election litigation aimed at reversing an Obama victory.
Boston Phoenix  |  Adam Reilly  |  10-30-2008  |  Commentary

(I'm Glad) I Was Wrong About Obamanew

Sometimes it's hard to admit mistakes, but this time, I'm happy to say I was wrong back in January when I wrote that Barack Obama was not electable.
Creative Loafing (Charlotte)  |  John Grooms  |  10-29-2008  |  Commentary

We Shall Overcome, but We Must Have Real Leadership to Do Sonew

The next four years will hold many opportunities for leadership, one of them being bridging the chasm between Real and Fake America. The choice couldn't be more obvious. To paraphrase the conservative writer Andrew Sullivan, Obama is the future and we must decide if the future will begin Nov. 5.
San Diego CityBeat  |  Aaryn Belfer  |  10-29-2008  |  Commentary

Election '08: The Voter Fraud Fraudnew

Though ACORN has been legitimately criticized in the past for the way it collects new voter registrations, the idea that it has compromised this year's electoral process is, simply, false.
Philadelphia City Paper  |  Tom Namako  |  10-28-2008  |  Politics

Is ACORN a Scapegoat or Villian?new

The venom conservatives have directed toward the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now in the waning weeks of this presidential election has truly been something to behold.
Orlando Weekly  |  Adriana Ruiz  |  10-23-2008  |  Politics

Attempts in New Mexico to Rock the Vote Rock the Boatnew

It remains to be seen if New Mexico's past problems with voter irregularities have become a joking matter. A massive surge of voter-registration drives leading up to the Nov. 4 election, combined with a recent court ruling regarding voter-registration groups and the discovery of fraudulent voter-registration cards, indicate otherwise.
Santa Fe Reporter  |  Mark Sanders  |  09-26-2008  |  Politics

Bush Appointee Made Fortune With Questionable Lendingnew

Bush's appointee to be ambassador to the Netherlands, Roland Arnall, is the founder of Ameriquest, whose lending tactics have prompted investigations by attorneys general in no fewer than 30 states.
Cleveland Scene  |  Denise Grollmus  |  10-20-2005  |  Politics

Voters Turned Out in Droves in a Poor Corner of Ohionew

In the small African-American city of East Cleveland, Ohio, many precincts were close to matching their total votes in the last presidential election by 10 a.m. on Election Day.
The Village Voice  |  Tom Robbins  |  11-09-2004  |  Politics

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