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Our review of annual tax returns for the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc. for the last three years (2006, 2007, 2008) found more than $3.6 million in grants to ACORN and its affiliates. Those grants include a grant of $2 million to ACORN Housing, Inc. last year, and direct grants to ACORN Housing, Inc. offices in Baltimore, Maryland and San Bernardino, California, the locations of undercover video stings.

On its website, ACORN Housing, Inc. describes its relationship with Bank of America as a “partnership.” The Bank of America website lists no less than 26 ACORN offices where:

Bank of America works with Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) Housing to provide special mortgage products to potential homeowners in NAME

I posted this in Acorn defunded thread but thought it deserved a thread of its own.



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All banks are. Because they were all subjected to the shake-down.

Read this for a history on Acorn and their shake-down tactics.
http://www.forbes.com/2009/09/17/fox-news-congress-cra-opinions-contributors-sol-stern_print.html

Thanks for the link. I think the hush money and the actual partnership BofA advertised with Acorn is a determining factor on each of the banks affiliation. It seems like BofA is in with Acorn and the other paid money to not be harrassed.

Crazy hearing all this stuff unfold. Have you seen this article by Stanley Kurtz in 08?
http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=ZjRjYzE0YmQxNzU4MDJjYWE5MjIzMTMxMmNhZWQ1MTA



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Obama said he didnt realize that Acorn was getting alot of federal money. That is flat out BS.

Here is a good story on the current ties to the WH and Acorn.
REDSTATE EXCLUSIVE: A Review of ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis’s Rolodex Suggests Strong White House Ties

It is implausible to think, based on Bertha Lewis’s White House contacts, that Barack Obama is not paying attention to ACORN.

Posted by Erick Erickson (Profile)

Tuesday, September 22nd at 8:45AM EDT

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The story in a nutshell:


  • Bertha Lewis is the CEO of ACORN.
  • In a review of Lewis’s contacts list, which was leaked to RedState, Bertha Lewis has the office, cell phone, home number, and private personal email address of Patrick Gaspard.
  • Patrick Gaspard holds Karl Rove’s position in the White House and was Obama’s Political Director during the campaign.
  • In addition to Patrick, Bertha has Patrick’s brother Michael in her rolodex. She lists Michael as working at the Advance Group.
  • The Advance Group is ACORN’s lobbying organization.
  • In other words, besides having Obama’s political director’s contact info, the political director’s brother works for ACORN via its lobbying shop.
On Sunday, Barack Obama played ignorant on the situation with ACORN. Obama told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, “Frankly, it’s not really something I’ve followed closely. I didn’t even know that ACORN was getting a whole lot of federal money.” Never mind that Barack Obama used to work for ACORN.

Based on information obtained by RedState, we think Barack Obama may live to regret those words.

With everybody focused on ACORN these days, what if we could dig around and see who in the Obama administration shows up in Bertha Lewis’s rolodex? Bertha Lewis is the CEO of ACORN.

Bertha Lewis is considered one of the 100 most influential women in New York according to Crain’s New York Business. She is an activist, organizer, and radical of the far left. When she calls, union bosses and others pick up the phone.

It’s not that hard to look into her contacts. RedState has seen a list of Bertha Lewis’s contacts. We did not seek it out. It just showed up one day unsolicited. We did not ask for it. We did not expect to get it. But now that we have it, we should see who is in there.

The contacts came from a credible source who is no fan of ACORN. An ACORN employee gave it to him. Having examined the file for a week and after consulting with others, we believe the list is legitimate. It fits a recent pattern of leaks out of ACORN as the rats scramble from the sinking ship.

The list contains the private email addresses and cell phones of scores of powerful and influential people from Al Sharpton to Charlie Rangel. It contains several people inside the Barack Obama administration including one of the closest ties to Barack Obama other than his wife.

One word about the list of contacts — some of the contacts are outdated. Like with most people’s contact lists, some of the people have not had their contact information updated in a while. I know the file has at least been updated because it also contains Michael Steele and lists him as Chairman of the GOP — an act that did not take place until this year. To be fair though, it is just his generic email address. That is not the case with some others. Likewise, other names on the list are very current and some have portions of their information outdated and other data current.

The Advance Group
To get a sense of the ties to the White House, one must first understand what the Advance Group is. The organization appears over and over again in the list of contacts.

Were you to look at its website you’d see nothing of interest. It is a rather innocuous “under construction” page. But behind that page is a host of connections.

A review of the Advance Group’s lobbyist filings with the State of New York shows it represents several organizations that fight for social justice, minority rights, etc. It also represents the New York Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now, or ACORN. And not just any branch of ACORN, but the main branch. Though its name is New York ACORN, it’s registered address is New Orleans, LA. While ACORN keeps its organization somewhat nebulous, and also for profit so it does not have to reveal details about its organization, New York ACORN with a registered address in Louisiana is, for all intents and purposes, ACORN.

It’s registered lobbyist with the Advance Group is Scott Levenson. Mr. Levenson is also named ACORN’s national spokesman. He made headlines recently when Glenn Beck threw Mr. Levenson off his show during a segment on ACORN.

Patrick Gaspard
Patrick Gaspard was the Executive Vice President for the SEIU until Barack Obama asked Gaspard to become his Presidential Campaign’s National Political Director. Once in the White House, Gaspard became Barack Obama’s Director of the Office of Political Affairs. He is Barack Obama’s Karl Rove, but unlike Rove, eschews the spotlight, which is why so many compare David Axelrod to Rove.

Here is a good profile of Patrick Gaspard.

Mr. Gaspard’s official responsibility is to provide the president with an accurate assessment of the political dynamics affecting the work of his administration, and to remain in close contact with power brokers around the country to help push the president’s agenda.

In practice, he’s something of an all-purpose fixer, if not the carte blanche policy architect that Mr. Rove was for George W. Bush, or the number-one politics guru that David Axelrod is for Mr. Obama.

And while he looks after the president’s interests in Washington, he also uses his position as a lever to manage politically messy situations closer to home.

Gaspard is in the news this week as the man who delivered the horse head to New York Governor David Paterson — telling Paterson not to run for re-election.

Patrick Gaspard intentionally keeps a low profile, preferring to work behind the scenes. It makes him effective.

Michael Gaspard
Patrick Gaspard’s brother Michael Gaspard works for The Advance Group. Michael apparently keeps a lower profile than his brother. He does not appear on lobbyist disclosures for The Advance Group in the State of New York. Nonetheless, he works there. Ms. Lewis’s contacts list confirms Michael Gaspard’s employment there.

Tying Bertha Lewis to the Gaspard Brothers
The level of detail Bertha Lewis has for contacting Patrick Gaspard suggests a closeness between the two.

Ms. Lewis has Patrick Gaspard’s office number, home number, and cell phone number. Patrick’s information still contains the 212 area code, which suggests it has not been updated since he moved to Washington, D.C. However, only 131 of the 1,894 contacts, or 7% of the total, list home phone numbers, let alone home, office, and cell phone numbers. For perspective, only 31 of the 1,849 contacts have home, office, cell phone, and business email addresses listed. Patrick Gaspard makes that list.

Gaspard’s contact information also contains his private personal email address making him among the most detailed contacts on the list. Only Wade Rathke, the founder of ACORN, and a handful of others have as much personal information in Lewis’s contacts list as Patrick Gaspard.

Bertha Lewis also has Michael Gaspard’s office number and cell phone. In addition, as noted above, Michael Gaspard works for ACORN’s registered lobbying organization and with ACORN’s national spokesman.

Other Administration Connections
A cursory view of Ms. Lewis’s contacts lists shows a couple of other obvious administration contacts too.

It will come as no surprise that Ms. Lewis keeps up with Shaun Donovan. Mr. Donovan is now the Secretary for Housing and Urban Development. Before that, Mr. Donovan was the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). In New York City, he worked on affordable housing initiatives right up ACORN’s alley. His contact information has not been updated since he left the HPD.

Then there is Karine Jean-Pierre. She originally worked for John Edwards. In fact, Ms. Lewis’s contacts list still has her listed with John Edwards’ campaign, but also has Ms. Jean-Pierre’s personal and presumably still working personal email address, etc. Ms. Jean-Pierre left there to work for Congressman Anthony Weiner, then became Barack Obama’s regional political director.. She is now the White House liaison for the Department of Labor. That’s a handy contact.

The web of connections from Ms. Lewis’s contacts list goes straight into the White House and out the other door into the Departments of Labor and Housing and Urban Development, circling back to ACORN’s lobbying operation.

With the White House trying to distance itself from ACORN, Ms. Lewis’s contacts there might make it more difficult. She has clear ties to Patrick and Michael Gaspard, the President’s fixer and the man who gets ACORN projects and money.

The President can say “I didn’t even know that ACORN was getting a whole lot of federal money,” but a review of Ms. Lewis’s contacts list suggests that is not the case.



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Why has not the head of the banking commitee in the House called for an investigation.....oh wait, Barny Frank. Sorry for even suggestiing it, it ain't going to happen!:|err
 

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Why has not the head of the banking commitee in the House called for an investigation.....oh wait, Barny Frank. Sorry for even suggestiing it, it ain't going to happen!:|err
I can't understand how Frank keeps his position. If oversight is his duty, he is asleep at the wheel or has some large offshore accounts waiting for his retirement..... I heard Barney Frank and Catpu are in bed together. Too bad he can't come here to dispute it. I'll have to work it into a conversation elsewhere I suppose.:|err:)devil
 

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Why has not the head of the banking commitee in the House called for an investigation.....oh wait, Barny Frank. Sorry for even suggestiing it, it ain't going to happen!:|err
He is calling for an investigation, however the investigation he is calling for is to see if they can throw out the Acorn tapes and to see if the legislation to halt funding to Acorn is UNCONSTITUTIONAL...........:)st

http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20090922-710085.html#articleTabs=article



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They seem to want to slide on by as usuall,the hbic is obviously trained for this type of attack from the right....
 

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He is calling for an investigation, however the investigation he is calling for is to see if they can throw out the Acorn tapes and to see if the legislation to halt funding to Acorn is UNCONSTITUTIONAL...........:)st

http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20090922-710085.html#articleTabs=article
I didn't think this could be possible in this day and new age of more Americans getting on board with being active in what is wrong with this county and look at this.....LIBTARDS are FU*KING stupid! This is amazing. Is he up for re election?
 

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It was announced last night that B of A has severed ties to ACORN. ACORN is going down the tubes fast.:D
 

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finally got a response from Fienstien to my email-

Dear Mr. Castelli:
Thank you for writing to express your concerns regarding the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). I appreciate hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to respond.

ACORN is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that advocates for a variety of social issues such as voter registration and affordable housing. As you may know, ACORN is facing allegations that its employees gave individuals advice on how to falsify tax forms. These are serious allegations and need to be investigated thoroughly.

You may be interested to know that the House of Representatives and the Senate have voted to prohibit federal funds from being distributed to ACORN. On September 14, 2009, I voted in favor of an amendment to the "Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act" (H.R. 3288) for fiscal year 2010, which would prohibit federal funding provided by the bill from being distributed to ACORN or its subsidiaries. This amendment was agreed to in the Senate by a vote of 83-7. On September 17, 2009, the Senate passed H.R. 3288 with the amendment by a vote of73-25.

On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law, which includes $2 billion for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). Please be assured that this legislation contains no earmarks, and no funding is directed to ACORN. Funding will be allocated by HUD through a competitive grant program. All recipients must exhibit adequate need, have a demonstrable ability to apply the funds effectively and appropriately, and abide by HUD's "Guide to NSP Eligible Uses", which outlines requirements for how funding may be utilized.

Again, thank you for writing. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3841. Best regards.

Sincerely yours, Dianne Feinstein
United States Senator
I sent the email to her back on Sept 12 basically letting her know that millions of people in CA were/are looking at her very closely in how she will address the Acorn issue.
 

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Here is more info on Patrick Gaspard, White House Political Director, and his ties to Acorn that they deny.

http://libertychick.com/2009/09/29/patrick-gaspard-federal-community-organizer-theres-more-to-the-web-of-acorn-seiu-health-care-working-families-act-and-america-votes/

The ties to this oganization and the organization and its many arms are flat out criminal. I think more needs to be done about this..... not just ok we have stopped funding. These people need to be put on the hot plate.
These people are running the White House! Seiu, Gaspard,Tides,Appollo, Salinzky, etc..etc.. we all know the players.



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Here is more info on Patrick Gaspard, White House Political Director, and his ties to Acorn that they deny.

http://libertychick.com/2009/09/29/patrick-gaspard-federal-community-organizer-theres-more-to-the-web-of-acorn-seiu-health-care-working-families-act-and-america-votes/

The ties to this oganization and the organization and its many arms are flat out criminal. I think more needs to be done about this..... not just ok we have stopped funding. These people need to be put on the hot plate.
These people are running the White House! Seiu, Gaspard,Tides,Appollo, Salinzky, etc..etc.. we all know the players.
And we must not forget the ties one of MN's election officials had to ACORN and this guy was involved in the Senate win for that idiot washed up comedian Al what's his name.....I still think there was ballot manipulation going on with the recount. :|err
 

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Every day more and more comes out about Acorn. There sure is a great possiblity that Acorn won the election for Frakken too.

Here is more info on Gaspard....the writing is on the wall with all the Communist, Fascist ties with this administration yet a good majority of people out there are not even willing to open their eyes and look...they just paint everyone that has something negative to say about BO as being racist or unwilling to give him a chance.... HELLO, would you give Mussolini a chance?

BIO on Gaspard...another communist idol. http://newzeal.blogspot.com/2009/10/obama-file-88-parallel-lives-obamas-man.html



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