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ACORN’s Support of Creigh Deeds

By Greg L | 18 September 2009 | Virginia Politics | 12 Comments

The stunning footage showing ACORN giving advice to would-be brothel operators about how to get federal money to open up a bordello featuring underage prostitutes smuggled in from El Salvador has caused Congress to drop any plans to provide public funds to ACORN.  Will that also mean that candidates for office in Virginia will be foregoing campaign contributions tied to this discredited organization?  Ken Cuccinelli is calling on Steve Shannon to do so, but the list of money flowing from ACORN’s affiliates to Democrats in Virginia is much more extensive than that.

ACORN’s finances are somewhat difficult to unravel, but we do know that in a number of cases ACORN and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) share office space and have deep financial inter-relationships.  The SEIU frequently hires ACORN to provide administrative services, the SEIU funds a number of ACORN projects. It even hired ACORN to the tune of a half million dollars to attack Wal-Mart on their behalf.  The Washington Examiner has dug into this, demonstrating how difficult it is to draw a line that might separate the two organizations.

While the organization’s complicated structure makes is difficult to determine how many affiliates and subsidiaries are tied in with ACORN’s vast apparatus, its connection with organized labor, especially the Service Employees International Union, is well-established, Vadum observed. SEIU Locals 100 and 880 are identified as allied organizations on ACORN’s web site. U.S. Department of Labor LM-2’s (financial disclosure forms) point to over $600,000 in transactions between these same SEIU locals and other ACORN operations. A 2007 LM-2 form shows SEIU Local 880, which is active in Illinois and Minnesota, donated $60,118 to ACORN for “membership services.” Organized labor has kicked it back in the form of gifts and grants to ACORN totaling $2.4 million, the LM-2’s reveal.

So how much SEIU money has been flowing into Virginia?  How about $1.3 million since 2001?  Here’s the list from the Virginia Public Access Project:

$345,485 Kaine for Governor - Tim
$300,000 Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee
$200,000 Democratic Party - Virginia Senate Caucus
$100,000 Deeds for Governor - Creigh
$100,000 Moving Virginia Forward
$85,000 Democratic Party - Virginia House Caucus
$50,000 Bulova for Fairfax County Board Chair - Sharon
$50,000 Kaine Inaugural Committee 2006
$25,000 Democratic Party - Va Victory 2001
$20,000 Democratic Attorney Generals Assn Virginia
$15,000 Byrne for Lt Governor - Leslie
$10,000 21st Century Democrats
$10,000 Barker for Senate - George
$10,000 Northam for Senate - Ralph
$10,000 Oleszek for Senate - Janet
$5,000 Bouchard for Delegate - Joseph
$5,000 Martinez for Delegate - Marty
$5,000 Shannon for Attorney General - Steve
$5,000 Vanderhye for Delegate - Margaret
$1,000 Democratic Party - Latino Organization of Va
$700 Democratic Party - Alexandria, Va
$250 Amundson for Delegate - Kristen

That list includes six figures worth of SEIU/ACORN money for Creigh Deeds this election cycle, and $150,000 to the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, most of which has flowed to the Democratic House Caucus.  Will Creigh Deeds and House Democrats keep this money and be answerable to ACORN and the SEIU as a result?  Just look at Gerry Connolly ducking the vote to de-fund ACORN after being endorsed by the SEIU and receiving campaign contributions from them.  It’s not encouraging at all to see what Democrats supported by ACORN and the SEIU will do when they have to choose between the interests of their constituents and the interests of their ACORN-affiliated campaign contributors.

The next time you get a mailer from Democrats or see one of their television ads, you can rest assured that was made possible in part by ACORN and their affiliates.  How reassuring.

UPDATE: Other SEIU organizations are active funneling money into Virginia elections as well.  Here’s more:

SEIU Local 32BJ NY/NJ American Dream Fund PAC (2007-2009)
$22,732 McAuliffe for Governor - Terry
$6,791 Bulova for Fairfax County Board Chair - Sharon
$6,500 Shannon for Attorney General - Steve
$5,000 Werkheiser for Delegate - Gregory
$1,000 Miller for Delegate - Stevens
$250 Caputo for Delegate - Chuck
$250 Hope for Delegate - Patrick
$250 Hudgins for Fairfax County Board of Supervisors - Catherine
$250 Keam for Delegate - Mark
$250 Nichols for Delegate - Paul
$250 Poisson for Delegate - David
$250 Surovell for Delegate - Scott A
$200 Krupicka for Alexandria City Council - K Rob

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  1. Greg L said on 18 Sep 2009 at 1:34 pm:
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    RPV weighs in today:

    RICHMOND – Republican Party of Virginia Chairman Pat Mullins today called on all three statewide candidates on the Democratic ticket, plus all relevant Democratic political entities, to return all contributions received from the Service Employees International Union, a big labor group closely affiliated with the scandal-plagued organization ACORN. SEIU President Andy Stern sits on ACORN’s advisory council. Combined, SEIU has contributed nearly $450,000 to Democratic candidates or Democratic Party committees in 2008 and 2009.

    ACORN, which bills itself as a “grassroots community organization,” has been mired in scandal for some time. Already under investigation for fraudulently registering voters, the group has been rocked by recently released videos from across the United States showing ACORN employees “willing to abet prostitution, tax fraud, illegal immigration, and sex trafficking in minors.” In the wake of the scandal, Congress is moving to eliminate federal funding for ACORN, which has received $54 million in federal dollars since 1994.

    “It’s pretty clear how intermingled ACORN is with SEIU,” said Chairman Mullins. “They have become a focus of attention in Congress for these recent disgusting scandals involving everything from under-aged prostitution to tax fraud. Throw in what we already know about their bogus voter registration efforts and the information is pretty condemning. That Democrats would gleefully take money from a closely tied organization tells you what you want to know – they’ll check principles at the door, so long as the check clears. Deeds, Wagner, Shannon and the rest of the Democrats should give it all back.”

    The Dirty Laundry List

    1. ACORN’s biggest union backer, SEIU, gave more than $4 million to the community organization and its affiliates from 2006-07, according to Dept. of Labor filings.

    2. SEIU President Andy Stern sits on ACORN’s advisory council.

    3. One SEIU local union, the Illinois Homecare Workers and Home Childcare Providers, sprouted from ACORN’s organizing efforts and pays rent to ACORN.

    4. SEIU Locals 100 and 880 are identified as allied organizations on ACORN’s website.

    5. U.S. Department of Labor LM-2’s (financial disclosure forms) point to over $600,000 in transactions between SEIU Locals 100 and 880 locals and other ACORN operations

    6. ACORN founder S. Wade Rathke referred to mega-union SEIU 880 as “one of the pillars of the ACORN Family.”

    7. Service Employees International Union (SEIU) President Andy Stern handpicked ACORN’s Rathke to direct SEIU’s nationwide organizing projects.

    SEIU/ACORN and Virginia Democrats – Perfect Together

    Creigh Deeds

    $100,000 SEIU in DC 6/30/09
    $100,000 SEIU in DC 8/31/09

    Jody Wagner

    $4,000 SEIU-PEA International 8/31/09
    $1,000 SEIU Local 32 BJ NY/NJ American Dream Fund 8/31/09

    Steve Shannon

    $10,000 SEIU in DC 8/28/09
    $5,000 SEIU in DC 5/29/09
    $5,000 SEIU Local 32BJ NY/NJ American Dream Fund PAC 8/28/09
    $1,500 SEIU Local 32BJ NY/NJ American Dream Fund PAC 6/1/09

    Democratic Party Committees

    $75,000 Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee - SEIU in DC -10/28/08
    $75,000 Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee - SEIU in DC -7/02/08
    $35,000 DPV-Virginia House Caucus - SEIU in DC 8/31/09
    $35,000 Democratic Party - Virginia House Caucus 8/31/09

    (Source: www.vpap.org)

  2. Not SPLC said on 18 Sep 2009 at 2:45 pm:
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    September 18, 2009
    Dear Friends:
    Thank you to all of you who were able to join me on our conference call last night. People from all over the country dialed in — from Maine to Hawaii ! What a wonderful discussion we had!

    As I mentioned on the call, the House of Representatives yesterday passed a Republican amendment to cut ACORN off from federal funds yesterday. And, as you’ll recall, the Senate did the same just a few days earlier.

    But, despite these votes, ACORN still remains eligible for billions of your tax dollars!

    Both votes to defund ACORN were amendments to different bills and still have far to go before they reach the President’s pen for signature into law. And, don’t think that the Democrats won’t try to strip the ACORN language from whatever bill finally makes it to the White House! These votes were their cover. They think that you’ll be fooled into thinking that they’ve heard your outrage and are abandoning their good buddy, ACORN.

    But, I know that you know better!

    Republicans will continue to amend anything and everything with this language. But, there is one way that we can immediately cut ACORN off from all federal programs and funding, and it’s going to take all of us pressuring President Obama to use the federal suspension and debarment process to make it happen.

    This process is coordinated by the Office of Management and Budget at the White House. Here’s what the executive branch says about the process:

    “The Government debarment and suspension procedures are intended to prevent poor performance, waste, fraud and abuse in Federal procurement and nonprocurement actions. Debarment or suspension of an organization, business or individual from doing business with the Federal government is not meant to be a punishment, but a procedure to ensure that federally funded business is conducted legally with responsible persons.”
    Sounds to me like there is ample evidence against ACORN to initiate and execute this process, cutting them off from funding altogether!
    I’ve already written the Administration to ask that the process be invoked. But, it’s going to take pressure from you, too. So, please visit my TAKE ACTION CENTER and sign my petition to President Obama and ask all your friends to do so, too!
    Again, thanks to everyone who was able to join the call last night. And a big thank you, too, to Republican Leader John Boehner for joining us for a portion of the call as well.
    If you weren’t able to be on the call last night, don’t worry: We’ll be doing this again soon!
    Thank you, and God bless,
    Congresswoman Michele Bachmann

  3. Aakash said on 18 Sep 2009 at 3:26 pm:
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    THANKS SO MUCH for shining the light, on this aspect of the ACORN scandal and the key Virginia 2009 gubernatorial election.

    Mr. Deeds: Do you support raising taxes, or not??!

  4. Anonymous said on 18 Sep 2009 at 3:42 pm:
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    The Demoncrats would take money from the devil himself to try and win (buy) an election.

    Isn’t the SEIU the same union that “represents” many Salvadoran hotel workers who have “protected” status?”

    The money cutoff to ACORN from Congress requires Obama’s signature. Since Obama represented ACORN as an attorney, and had their backing during the Presidential election, do you really believe he will sign it?

    The Justice department should investigate this group from the top to the very bottom to find out really how “dirty” they are. Again, it ain’t gonna happen!

  5. Anon35 said on 18 Sep 2009 at 4:54 pm:
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    Unfortunately, the buck doesn’t stop if gov’t stops all funding to ACORN. That group has roots all the way to hell and back. The money will just continue to funnel in to them. They’ve probably got more money than any other group out there. Scary.
    Not to mention - if “they” ever went away - they’d probably just regroup under another name.

  6. Dave in PWC said on 18 Sep 2009 at 5:12 pm:
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    If Obama vetoes the bill he will have to say why and then they will vote again to overcome his veto, based on the recent votes the veto would be overturned I think.

  7. Anonymous said on 18 Sep 2009 at 10:40 pm:
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    This article is one of the many reasons that Congress is held in such low esteem. “Mother” Pelosi no doubt cracked her whip to get her “children” back in line.


  8. Bridget said on 19 Sep 2009 at 7:22 am:
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    Democrats have been ACORN’s chief source of income for a long time. ACORN gets away with their corrupt crap because it shares the proceeds with the Democrats.

    Does anyone honestly think ACORN members will be prosecuted for violation of RICO, or prosecuted for anything on the federal level? Take a gander at who the president is, and who is head of the Department of Justice. A former “community activist” who worked with ACORN and a man who called whites “cowards,” respectively. Certain that ACORN members will absolutely, 100 percent get a pass from the federal government. And presto-chango, how about the new Community Organizers International? It’s ACORN with a shiny fresh new name.





  9. Greg L said on 19 Sep 2009 at 10:23 pm:
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    Saw this on a lefty blog about ACORN/SEIU support of Stevens Miller running in the 86th District against Tom Rust:

    The [Stevens Miller] ground game is impressive and as I said before SEIU is very involved in the race for canvassing and phones.

    So ACORN has weighed in against Tom Rust? Good reason to support him!

    If you’re in the 86th and don’t care for ACORN-tainted support of some selected Democrats, you need to get out there for Rust!

  10. 1A said on 21 Sep 2009 at 10:38 am:
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    Here is a twitter message from Stevens Miller that was posted on his own website:

    Having pizza at Joe’s with 50 volunteer canvassers from SEIU. Yes, fifty. Five-oh. I. Am. Speechless.
    12:29 PM Sep 12th from txt

    Why would the SEIU/ACORN be so interested in Virginia’s 86th district?

  11. Anonymous said on 21 Sep 2009 at 11:20 am:
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    Deeds also agrees with Jimmy Carter thinking you are a racist if you don’t think the government should be allowed to slowly take over health care.

    “I’d like to think in this country that we are beyond some things. But clearly, there is a hint of racism in some of the opposition to President Obama. That is crystal clear. I was very disturbed the other night at the outburst on the floor of the House. I thought that was unprecedented, and would not have occurred under past president — and did not occur. I would hope we are broad enough as a people to be able to discuss our differences civilly.”

  12. Sick and tired said on 1 Nov 2009 at 4:18 am:
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    Take a look at this direct connection between Democrat Greg Werkheiser and ACORN:


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