Frank Pastore from KKLA in Los Angeles interviews Wall Street Journal columnist John Fund.
Frank Pastore: ACORN is an acronym that stands for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. They are up to their eyeballs in voter fraud. When the subject of voter fraud is mentioned there is one expert in America that nearly everyone turns to and he is John Fund of the Wall Street Journal, and his book “Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud threatens Our Democracy….”
Give us an overview—a lay of the land….
John Fund: ACORN is the left-wing housing lobby that was at the heart of the sub-prime mortgage crisis. They pushed Congress, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and banks to put out loans to people who weren’t credit worthy, they helped tip this crisis into the disaster that we have now. And they are out registering voters, mostly for Barack Obama, and in 12 states there are investigations into their fraud. Las Vegas is the most kindly. The Attorney Generals office raided them yesterday took all of their computers and files. ACORN has responded by saying this is a stunt designed to discredit our efforts and bring back discriminatory voting practices. In reality what ACORN had done is they had hired supervisors to run this voter registration program who were former felons, including felons who had been put into prison for identity theft. ACORN is now hiring specialists to do their work apparently.
Pastore: So, the problem that strikes so many people on this is not the overwhelming bias, but the fact that we are paying for it. Michelle Malkin had a piece [where] she cited 40 percent of ACORN’s budget is paid for by the American taxpayers. Is that true?
Fund: They get a lot of grants, they get a lot of housing subventions, and they get a lot of money to help build public housing. It is a classic case of the left-wing getting the capitalists—the productive private sector in this country—to pay for the rope that they are trying to hang them with.
Pastore: So how widespread is this?
Fund: I think voter registration fraud is akin to the one tenth of an iceberg that is above the surface. Nine tenths happens below the surface, you don’t see it until it’s too late. You don’t see it until Election Day. You don’t see it until the lawsuits that try to force poll closing hours open in only certain areas and not others. You don’t see it until absentee ballots come in and they come in from addresses that are fictitious.