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Legislation From ACORN Organizer Obama

This is the kind of legislation you get when you elect ACORN organizers to political office.

From Mr. Obama’s Senatorial website:

Obama Bill Would Make Election Fraud, Voter Intimidation Illegal

Thursday, June 7, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ben LaBolt

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) today testified in a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on voter intimidation and election fraud. Senators Obama and Schumer (D-NY) introduced the Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act of 2007 earlier in the year. This bill would make voter intimidation and election misinformation punishable by law, and contains strong penalties so that people who commit these crimes suffer more than just a slap on the wrist. It would also address the real harm of these crimes— people who are prevented from voting by misinformation — by establishing a process for reaching out to these misinformed voters with accurate information so they can cast their votes in time.

Calculated efforts to disenfranchise voters persist each year and during every election to achieve unfair political advantage. During the previous election in 2006, thousands of Latino voters in Orange County, California received letters telling them that if they were immigrants and voted they would be jailed. In Maryland, voters received fabricated sample Democratic ballots that featured Republican candidates for governor and senator. And in Virginia, voters were phoned by a fraudulent “Virginia Elections Commission” claiming they were ineligible to vote. There are countless other examples, and these practices must be stopped.

[Mr. Obama’s] testimony is below:

“It’s hard to imagine that we even need a bill like this. But, unfortunately, there are people who will stop at nothing to try to deceive voters and keep them away from the polls. What’s worse, these practices often target and exploit vulnerable populations, such as minorities, the disabled, the elderly, or the poor.”

“We see these problems year after year and election and after election, and my hope is that this bill will finally stop these practices in time for the next election.”

“The Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act makes voter intimidation and deception punishable by law, and it contains strong penalties so that people who commit these crimes suffer more than just a slap on the wrist. The bill also seeks to address the real harm of these crimes— people who are prevented from voting by misinformation — by establishing a process for reaching out to these misinformed voters with accurate information so they can cast their votes in time.”

“There are some issues in this country that are inherently difficult and political. Making sure that every American can cast a ballot shouldn’t be one of them. There is no place for politics in this debate – no room for those who feel that they can gain a partisan advantage by keeping people away from the polls. As the members of this Committee know all too well, politics have colored some of the recent actions of the Department of Justice, so our bill includes a private right of action to ensure that individuals who are victims of deceptive information have legal recourse if an Attorney General turns a blind eye to these types of practices.”

“As the New York Times stated in its January 31st editorial on this issue, “the bill … is an important step toward making elections more honest and fair. There is no reason it should not be passed by Congress unanimously.” I ask that this editorial be placed into the record.”

“It’s time to get this done in a bipartisan fashion, and I believe this bill can make it happen. I look forward to working with you, Chairman Cardin, Senator Schumer, Chairman Leahy and Ranking Member Specter, and the other members of the Committee, as well as the many co-sponsors of this bill, to pass this legislation this Congress.”

And this, also from Mr. Obama’s Senatorial website:

Emanuel, Obama Praise Passage of Deceptive Practices Bill

Monday, June 25, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:
Ben LaBolt (Obama) or Kathleen Connery (Emanuel)

Legislation will Prohibit and Punish Practices that Keep Voters from Polls on Election Day

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) praised the passage of the Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act (H.R. 1281), a bill that will prohibit and punish deceptive practices that seek to intimidate or mislead voters in an effort to keep voters away from the polls on Election Day. U.S. Senator Barack Obama introduced Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act, (S. 453), in the Senate on January 31, 2007.

“In November, the country voted for a change in Washington,” said Emanuel, the sponsor of H.R. 1281. “This legislation is one more example of how the new Congress is reforming the way Washington does business. This reform will put an end to campaign practices that disenfranchise thousands of American voters and will give citizens the right to cast a ballot free from intimidation and misinformation.”

“For too long, tricks and intimidation have kept thousands of Americans from voting and skewed the results of elections.” said Senator Obama. “Voting is one of our most solemn obligations and we must ensure that all Americans have equal, unfettered access to the polls. The Senate must now act quickly to pass this bill to make voter intimidation and deceptive election practices illegal.”

Calculated efforts to disenfranchise voters persist each election year. During the 2006 election, thousands of Latino voters in Orange County, California received letters telling them that immigrants who voted would be jailed – implying that this even applied to naturalized citizens. In Maryland, voters received fabricated sample Democratic ballots that featured Republican candidates for governor and senator. And in Virginia, voters were phoned by a fraudulent “Virginia Elections Commission” claiming they were ineligible to vote. These tactics most often target vulnerable communities, such as minorities, the elderly, and the disabled.

The Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act will statutorily define “deceptive practices” as “knowing communication of false election-related information with the intent” to disenfranchise another person.

Further, the bill will:

* Elevate deceptive practices in elections a felony and increase the penalty to up to $250,000 or five years imprisonment
* Require the Department of Justice to provide voters with accurate election information when allegations of deceptive practices are confirmed
* Direct the Attorney General to initiate action on complaints
* Require the Attorney General to develop ways to disseminate corrective election information
* Require the Attorney General to report to Congress on the allegations of deceptive practices after each federal election
* Require the Attorney General, with the Federal Communications Commission and the Election Assistance Commission, to study using public broadcast systems to provide corrective election information.

The Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act was introduced by U.S. Representatives Emanuel, John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Rush Holt (D-NJ), Mike Honda (D-CA), and Keith Ellison (D-MN).

Note that despite the headline claims (Obama Bill Would Make Election Fraud, Voter Intimidation Illegal), there is no mention in this legislation about upping any of the penalties related to registering fraudulent voters or any of the other criminal practices ACORN, La Raza and others regularly employ.

In fact, this legislation seems to be aimed at making such activity easier, even protected.

As for the (endlessly repeated) claims about voter intimidation, let’s just take the first item, via the Orange County Register:

Tan Nguyen cleared by state Attorney General

By MARTIN WISCKOL

Thursday, May 17, 2007

A state investigation has found that Tan Nguyen’s congressional campaign committed no crime last year when it mailed 14,000 letters telling immigrants they could be jailed for voting, the Attorney General’s Office said Wednesday..

Nguyen, a Republican nominee subsequently denounced by party leaders, tried unsuccessfully to upset Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Garden Grove, in the heavily Hispanic central county district.

The Spanish-language letters, sent to foreign-born Hispanic Democrats, warned recipients that if “you are an immigrant, voting in a federal election is a crime that could result in jail time” or deportation, according to the widely circulated English translation.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Gary Schons said no criminal intent could be proven.

“We could not prove that there was an intent to intimidate lawfully registered voters,” Schons said. “There’s no doubt there was an intent to intimidate unlawfully registered voters.”

Schons pointed to a line in the letter that said, “If you are a citizen of the United States, we ask that you participate in the democratic process of voting.” He also said that when Sanchez beat incumbent Bob Dornan in 1996, illegally registered voters casting ballots, a factor that may have provided a legitimate motive for the Nguyen letter

And of course Mr. Nguyen is himself a (legal) immigrant who was counting on immigrants to vote for him.

And as Mr. Nguyen noted, Loretta Sanchez got into office in the first place — on the back of a La Raza voter fraud campaign.

But we can’t have any mention of that.

That’s “intimidation.”

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, October 1st, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Legislation From ACORN Organizer Obama”

  1. torrentami says:

    referring specifically to your last comment, yes, that story about the letter mailed out to latinos in orange county is substantiated. a quick google search can verify it.

    the text of the actual letter (translated) is as follows:

    “You are advised that if your residence in this country is illegal or you are an immigrant, voting in a federal election is a crime that could result in jail time, and you will be deported for voting without having a right to do so.”
    “At the same time, you are advised that the government of the United States is installing a new computer system to verify the names of all new registered voters that vote in the October and November elections. Anti-immigration organizations can ask for information from this new voting system.”

    readers can decide for themselves if the letter seems intimidating or misleading. It seems like the “or you are an immigrant” part is what was controversial. It implies that as a naturalized immigrant, you can’t vote. Ironically, that would be one of the first things that one would have to understand if they passed the citizenship test. In any case, the local GOP condemned the letter and asked for Nguyen to resign his candidacy.

  2. JerseyGrrrl says:

    I wouldn’t put it past the offended side to create their own issue here. If the Republicans won’t intimidate anyone, we’ll do it ourselves then report the ‘discovery’.

    Nah, couldn’t happen. I’m just cynical.

  3. Steve says:

    “referring specifically to your last comment, yes, that story about the letter mailed out to latinos in orange county is substantiated. a quick google search can verify it.”

    The existence of some letters was substantiated.

    The claim that this was a “calculated efforts to disenfranchise voters” was not.

    In fact, the California Attorney General rejected that claim.

  4. torrentami says:

    It looks like this is still ongoing. This is directly from the DOJ today:

    http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2008/October/08-crt-879.html

    Former Congressional Candidate Indicted on Federal Obstruction of Justice Charge

    WASHINGTON – A federal grand jury in Santa Ana, Calif., indicted former congressional candidate Tan Nguyen on a federal obstruction of justice charge today, announced Grace Chung Becker, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, and Thomas P. O’Brien, U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California. The indictment alleges that Nguyen made misleading statements to investigators regarding a letter that was sent to Latino voters in the 47th Congressional District of the State of California prior to the November 2006 federal elections. At the time the letter was sent, Nguyen was running to represent the Orange County-based district in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    The grand jury alleged that Nguyen knowingly misled state investigators who were investigating the circumstances surrounding the mailing of the letter. The indictment also alleges that Nguyen’s actions were intended to prevent communication to federal law enforcement officers of information relating to Nguyen’s involvement in the production and dissemination of the letter and to whether the letter violated federal election laws, including interfering with the federally protected right to vote in federal elections.

    An indictment is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty. If convicted, Nguyen faces up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Nguyen will receive a summons to appear in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana for his initial appearance and post-indictment arraignment on Oct.14, 2008.

    This continuing investigation is being conducted jointly by the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

    The case is being investigated by Special Agent Julie McWilliams of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and prosecuted by Civil Rights Division Trial Attorney James Walsh, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Waier of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.

  5. dulcimergrl says:

    I remember that whole letter brouhaha in 2006. At the time, it seemed like a tempest in a teapot. It still does. And it’s unfortunate that they’re pursuing this as a criminal investigation when the opposing candidate, Loretta Sanchez, was ‘suspected’ of defeating Dornan under fraudulent circumstances, with no official investigation that I know of. But it’s okay, she’s a democrat…

  6. wardmama4 says:

    I think Obama claiming foul on voter fraud is rich – I have received a number of flyers touting ‘how easy it is’ to vote by mail with at least two sides of it Obama ads – not to mention the phone calls (daily) – I am disgusted by it. [Give the money you waste on this crappola back to the taxpayers, damn it]

    The Republicans here – send out the usual stuff – here I am, here is what I stand for. Even the guy who is attempting to unseat our incumbent Rep – sent one of those flyers – but not Obama – he is into milking the system to the end.

    I don’t like how my state has allowed anyone and everyone to vote absentee – but they have done everything to turn OH blue – so this is just another step in that attempt. I can’t wait to election day – going to be a long day for me (I’m a poll worker) but it will be fun. . .My first Presidential election. I can’t do much, but I won’t sit on the sidelines and do nothing.

  7. JohnMG says:

    torrentami; …..”The case is being investigated by Special Agent Julie McWilliams of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and prosecuted by Civil Rights Division Trial Attorney James Walsh, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Waier of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California……”

    Hmmmmm. I wonder who appointed these paragons of justice to their esteemed positions. And in southern California, no less.

  8. curvyred says:

    Add this to the truth squad tactics and we should all be very afraid, why don’t people wake up, now during Hitler I could understand because there was limited ways to get the word out, now there is no excuse to have your head in the sand.

  9. therightguy says:

    Considering Obama comes from Chicago and that machine, he should be well acquainted with voter fraud and magic as well. It must be magic when whole cemeteries get out and vote. I would bet Daily’s father will be voting on November 4.
    Jim
    http://www.therightguyshow.com

  10. torrentami says:

    JohnMG: I didn’t quite understand your comment. The US Attorney for the Central District of California is Thomas O’Brien, who was appointed by GWB. Southern California, especially Orange County, is heavily republican. The FBI is run by Robert Mueller who was appointed by GWB and set the mandate for the Civil Rights Division. It seems like this is legitimate. Unless your comment was meant as a jab against republicans.

  11. JohnMG says:

    torrentami; And Reagan appointed Sandra Day O’Connor to the Supreme Court. Point being, these folks become a law unto themselves once they are seated. I’ve sat on Grand Jury panels and know how the politics works, and the prosecutors are not beyond pandering to keep their jobs. Further, testimony given to a grand jury cannot be made public, and as you mentioned, an indictment only means that the grand jury felt there was enough evidence for the prosecutor to go to trial. High profile trials are good for high-profile careers. The fact that this case is located in SoCal and is being aired during an election cycle makes me curious. Nguyn is no David Duke, but since the case seems tied to a letter that was translated from one language into another, and there is no way of knowing what the demographic make-up of the jury panel is makes me queasy.

    This was no swipe at George Bush or republicans in general, but if you think everybody serving in these positions are republicans, or are sympathetic to the Bush administration, I have a bridge you might be interested in purchasing. ;-}


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