The Obama campaign failed to cover its tracks before it asserted that, Barack Obama Never Organized with ACORN.
- Barack Obama Never Organized with ACORN
Discredited Republican voter-suppression guru Ken Blackwell is attacking Barack Obama with naked lies about his supposed connection to ACORN.
• Fact: Barack was never an ACORN community organizer.
• Fact: ACORN never hired Obama as a trainer, organizer, or any type of employee.
• Fact: ACORN was not part of Project Vote, the successful voter registration drive Barack ran in 1992.
Note Fight the Smears’ very careful choice of words: “ACORN never hired Obama as a trainer, organizer, or any type of employee.” It is a matter of proven record, though–and according to ACORN–that Obama provided training services for its members.
http://www.socialpolicy.org/index.php?id=838 (you need to register, which is free, to view the entire article. We also recommend that you download it as we have done in case Barry & Co. “disappear” it over the weekend.)
- As Sen. Obama puts it, how did a skinny kid with a funny name become the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, with 53% of the statewide Democratic vote in a seven-person field?
Obama started building the base years before. For instance, ACORN noticed him when he was organizing on the far south side of the city with the Developing Communities Project. He was a very good organizer. When he returned from law school, we asked him to help us with a lawsuit to challenge the state of Illinois’ refusal to abide by the National Voting Rights Act, also known as motor voter. …
Since then, we have invited Obama to our leadership training sessions to run the session on power every year, and, as a result, many of our newly developing leaders got to know him before he ever ran for office. Thus, it was natural for many of us to be active volunteers in his first campaign for State Senate and then his failed bid for U.S. Congress in 1996. By the time he ran for U.S. Senate, we were old friends. And along about early March, we started to see that the African-American community had made its move: when Sen. Obama’s name was mentioned at our Southside Summit meeting with 700 people in attendance from three southside communities, the crowd went crazy.
…Toni Foulkes is a Chicago ACORN leader and a member of ACORN’s National Association Board.
Now, Barry, do you want to tell us again about how you “never organized with ACORN?”