The Buckeye Institute, a Columbus, Ohio public policy institute, on behalf of two plaintiffs yesterday filed a state RICO action against community organizer group ACORN in the state of Ohio. The action filed in Warren County Court of Common Pleas alleges ACORN has engaged in a pattern of corrupt activity that amounts to organized crime. The court action seeks ACORN’s dissolution as a legal entity and the revocation of any licenses ACORN and its subsidiaries may hold in Ohio.
Late yesterday I reached Maurice Thompson, Director of the Buckeye Institute’s 1851 Center for Constitutional Law for a phone interview. Thompson said, “Primarily this action is about fraud through the voter registration process. That registration process is over, so the injunctive window has already closed. This is a normal civil action.”
The Institute is ready to file injunctions against any fraudulent absentee or other actual voting activity that comes to their attention. “Should evidence come to light of fraudulent votes, we are poised to file an injunction for this election, but our ultimate goal is to get ACORN out of Ohio and all of its operations and shell organizations, including Project Vote and Citizen Services,” Thompson said. “This action has the ability to affect ACORN actions nationally.”
The federal RICO statue requires injury to business or property, but the Ohio state law requires only injury. According to the Buckeye Institute’s release, the two plaintiffs “allege that ACORN’s actions deprive them of the right to participate in an honest and effective elections process. They allege fraudulent voter registrations submitted by ACORN dilute the votes of legally registered voters.”
The complaint is available online here.
WILL OBAMA DISAVOW JESSE?
At the first World Policy Forum in Evian, France, Reverend Jesse Jackson painted a very grim picture for Israel should Barack Obama become president. From the New York Post : “Prepare for a new America: That’s the message that the Rev. Jesse Jackson conveyed to participants in the first World Policy Forum, held at this French lakeside resort last week. … The most important change would occur in the Middle East, where ‘decades of putting Israel’s interests first’ would end. Jackson believes that, although ‘Zionists who have controlled American policy for decades’ remain strong, they’ll lose a great deal of their clout when Barack Obama enters the White House.”
CLASS WARFARE, PART MMVIII
If anyone was wondering about Obama’s economic recovery plan check out this exchange with a plumber in Ohio. From the Fox News link: ”‘Your new tax plan is going to tax me more, isn’t it?’ the plumber asked, complaining that he was being taxed ‘more and more for fulfilling the American dream.’”
“‘It’s not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they’ve got a chance for success too,’ Obama responded. ‘My attitude is that if the economy’s good for folks from the bottom up, it’s gonna be good for everybody … I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.’” See the video here.
Sen. Hillary Clinton says in a Fox News interview that there is little chance of a second White House run.
The final debate between John McCain and Barack Obama is tonight.