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Census Partners ‘Serve Hard To Count’

From a press release from Judicial Watch, buried in Yahoo! Finance:

Judicial Watch Obtains Obama Commerce Department Documents Detailing ACORN Partnership for 2010 Census

Census Bureau Refuses to Partner With "Hate Groups, Law Enforcement, Anti-Immigrant Groups"

Thursday May 28, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC–(MARKET WIRE)–May 28, 2009 — Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has obtained documents from the U.S. Census Bureau detailing the substantial involvement of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) in the 2010 Census. Included among the 126 pages of documents, obtained by Judicial Watch under threat of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, is ACORN’s original Census partnership application. The document describes 18 different areas of responsibility requested by the community organization, which is under investigation in multiple states for illegal activity during the 2008 election, including voter registration fraud.

The documents also list the types of organizations ineligible for partnering with the U.S. Census. They include: "… Hate groups, Law enforcement, anti-immigrant groups, any groups that might make people fearful of participating in the Census…" The release of these Obama Commerce Department documents comes in the wake of an Obama Department of Homeland Security report released in April linking opposition to illegal immigration to "rightwing extremist radicalization."

In its official statement responding to the ACORN controversy, the Obama Commerce Department downplayed ACORN’s participation in the Census, and labeled "baseless" the notion that ACORN would be involved in any Census count. However, the Census Bureau offered ACORN the opportunity to "recruit Census workers" who would participate in the count. Moreover, as an "executive level" partner, ACORN has the ability to "organize and/or serve as a member on a Complete Count Committee," which, according to Census documents, helps "develop and implement locally based outreach and recruitment campaigns."

According to its application ACORN also signed up to: "Encourage employees and constituents to complete and mail their questionnaire; identify job candidates and/or distribute and display recruiting materials; appoint a liaison to work with the Census Bureau; provide space for Be Counted sites and/or Questionnaire Assistance Centers; sponsor community events to promote participation in the 2010 Census," among 18 requested areas of responsibility. The documents also show the decision to add ACORN as a partner occurred in February, long after the January 15th Census partnership application deadline. (One Census official had bet "it was under Bush.")

Among other conclusions from the documents:

    * The Census Bureau requested that ACORN "help us highlight [ACORN’s] innovation and hard work and share best practices so other organizations can learn from your experiences."
    * Members of the Census Bureau and Department of Commerce staff assigned to organize the 2010 Census were unaware of when the decision to involve ACORN was made, how the Census Bureau choose and defined partners, or whether partners received payment.
    * The Census Bureau did not conduct background checks on the 3.7 million people hired to conduct the 2000 Census, unless a preliminary name check provided a match. Overall, 8% of the applicants, or over 300,000 people, were considered risks for hire.

According to the U.S. Census documents, among other things, census data is used to allocate $300 billion in federal funds. Census data also "determines how many seats each state will have in the House of Representatives as well as the redistricting of state legislatures, county and city councils, and voting districts."

"Given its history of illegal activity and fraud, ACORN should be nowhere near the 2010 Census," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. "And shame on the Obama Commerce Department for continuing to demonize conservatives by lumping together law enforcement and anti-immigration groups with ‘hate groups.’ This discriminatory policy raises First Amendment concerns. Indeed, these documents provide further evidence that the Obama administration is politicizing the 2010 Census."

Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Census on March 23, 2009. After the Obama Commerce Department stonewalled, Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit on May 14, 2009. The documents were released to Judicial Watch on May 15, 2009.

The released documents, which can be viewed here (a pdf file), are actually quite revealing.

Especially insofar as they do not answer most of the questions that have been put to the Census Bureau about ACORN from some Republican Congressmen, Fox New and Judicial Watch.

Instead, the documents are mostly repeated talking points, and handouts about what it means to be a partner.

And every effort is made to downplay the significance of role of these partners. But even the documents show that the partners play a large part in funneling people to fill eventual census taker ranks:

(Click images to enlarge)

And it is laughable that the Census Bureau tries to imply that these people will be heavily vetted with FBI background checks.

So, yes, in the end, a lot of ACORN members will end up working for the Census Bureau and doing the actual counting of heads. (Or, more likely, the fraudulent making up of numbers.)

Ironically, Judicial Watch itself seems to have missed one of the most damning aspects of the little information that was revealed by the Census Bureau.

And that is whom the Census Bureau deems unworthy to be a partner for them:

 

Though the Judicial Watch people note this list, they leave off the most telling qualification.

The Census Bureau will not partner with anyone who “does not serve the hard to count population.”

So there is no bias there, right?

As long as we have “hard to count” groups supplying the counters, everything should be on the up and up.

(Thanks to Canary for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, May 29th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Census Partners ‘Serve Hard To Count’”

  1. canary says:

    [From Yahoo! Finance:]

    Judicial Watch Obtains Obama Commerce Department Documents Detailing ACORN Partnership for 2010 Census

    Census Bureau Refuses to Partner With “Hate Groups, Law Enforcement, Anti-Immigrant Groups”
    Thursday May 28, 2009

    WASHINGTON, DC–(MARKET WIRE)–May 28, 2009 — Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has obtained documents from the U.S. Census Bureau detailing the substantial involvement of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) in the 2010 Census. Included among the 126 pages of documents, obtained by Judicial Watch under threat of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, is ACORN’s original Census partnership application. The document describes 18 different areas of responsibility requested by the community organization, which is under investigation in multiple states for illegal activity during the 2008 election, including voter registration fraud…

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Judicial-Watch-Obtains-Obama-iw-15371090.html

    • Enthalpy says:

      By shifting the U. S. Census to the White House, Rahm Emanuel can now implement the Chicago Vote Count Model at the national level. They’ve been counting and counting and counting votes in Chicago for years. The Chicago Vote Count Model assures desired outcomes; your candidate gets the required number of votes at each step along the way towards victory in the general election– there’s almost no need for a pesky electorate. They’re probably looking into that aggravating issue right now.

      No one has ever accused Rahm Emanuel of incompetence–they just leave off the diabolical part sometimes.

  2. bronzeprofessor says:

    How can they get away with this? I’ll be sure to post this article on my website, for whatever good it does. I can’t believe how bad things are getting.

  3. proreason says:

    The Constitution, voting, the census, the courts, the Bill of Rights, the law……we see them as the foundations of freedom.

    They see them as weapons to control you and expand their power.

  4. Colonel1961 says:

    I guess ‘serve Americans’ would have been cliche…

  5. MinnesotaRush says:

    “The documents also list the types of organizations ineligible for partnering with the U.S. Census. They include: “… Hate groups, Law enforcement, anti-immigrant groups, any groups that might make people fearful of participating in the Census…” The release of these Obama Commerce Department documents comes in the wake of an Obama Department of Homeland Security report released in April linking opposition to illegal immigration to “rightwing extremist radicalization.”

    The same groups and individuals that were on the DHS list of April probably were “”ineligible for partnering with the U.S. Census.” as well.

  6. bousquem says:

    Got to love the “hard to count” population. Am I the only who thinks this is code for: illegal immigrants and dead/fake people the left can count to swing key districts and such their way.

    • TwilightZoned says:

      “Am I the only one who thinks…”

      Absolutely not! I said the same thing when the “hard to count” population phrase first came out.

  7. GL0120 says:

    Hmmm, does anyone remember the Twighlight Zone episode “To Serve Man?”
    I can’t help but wonder what condiments will be available?
    Certainly Heinz Ketchup to reward Theresa Heinz Kerry for all of her hard work.
    Just be careful when the census taker knocks at your door!


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