McCain and RNC Hammer at Obama's ACORN Involvement - Black Enterprise

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Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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Former Sens. John Danforth (R-Mo.) and Warren Rudman (R-NH) reissued an invitation today to Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee to cooperate on potential Election Day problems, including voter fraud. The senators based their request to form an “Honest and Open Election Committee,” as a result of increased allegations of election fraud by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, a group that works to register low-income people.

Sen. John McCain, Gov. Sarah Palin and the Republican National Committee have placed a bullseye on ACORN and believe that they can tarnish Obama’s character by connecting him to ACORN’s problems. A memo released by the McCain-Palin campaign said that “According to election officials across the country, about 50% of ACORN’s voter registrations are fictitious.”

This election, ACORN along with Project Vote, has generated the largest voter registration drive in history.  Its voter mobilization arm registered 1.3 million people, including many low-income Hispanics and African-Americans, who are among those most likely to vote Democratic.

“Given the extensive relationship between Barack Obama and ACORN, our campaign also feels that Sen. Obama has a responsibility to rein in ACORN’s efforts and to work aggressively against wide-scale voter fraud. In addition, McCain has reached out to Rep. John Conyers, chairman of the judiciary committee, to reject reports on voter challenges based on home foreclosures.

Although, the McCain camp said neither Obama nor the DNC responded to the RNC’s invitation to form the Honest and Open Election Committee, David Plouffe, campaign manager for Obama sent out an email today proving that he had in fact responded in September to their overture.

Plouffe wrote: “If your concern truly lies with ‘Honest and Open Elections,’ then your work properly and effectively begins at home–with the Republican operatives who are planning and running suppressive programs.”

Plouffe listed four different instances in Michigan, Florida, Wisconsin, and Ohio where Republican leadership participated in “voter caging” or attempts to remove eligible voters from rolls based on bogus accusations of “voter fraud.”

Most recently, the chairman of the Macomb County Republican Party in Michigan threatened to use lists of persons whose homes have been foreclosed to challenge those persons at the polls. The chairman denies having made the statement, but the matter is now before the federal district court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

The McCain-Palin campaign released an ad that accuses ACORN of “bullying banks, intimidation tactics” and “disruption of business.” It says ACORN stands accused of “massive voter fraud” and says that “Obama’s ties to ACORN run long and deep. He taught classes for ACORN. They even endorsed him for President.”

ACORN responded by explaining that they are required by law to submit to secretary of state and/or election commissions every registration they receive but anytime their quality control staff

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Marcia Wade Talbert

Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.