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"Fight The Smears" vs The Actual Facts

This is from "Fight The Smears" website:

Barack Obama Never Organized with ACORN
Discredited Republican voter-suppression guru Ken Blackwell is attacking Barack Obama with naked lies about his supposed connection to ACORN.

• Fact: Barack was never an ACORN trainer and never worked for ACORN in any other capacity.

Actual Fact: We discussed this earlier with Madeline Talbott. She recruited Barack Obama to "train" ACORN's Chicago leadership. Read more here.

"'He Got People To Vote With Their Feet' On The Issue, Organizer Madeleine [sic] Talbot [sic all] Said. At The Time, Talbot Worked At The Social Action Group ACORN And Initially Considered Obama A Competitor. But She Became So Impressed With His Work That She Invited Him To Help Train Her Staff." (Letta Tayler and Keith Herbert, "Chicago's Streets Obama's Teacher," [New York] Newsday, 3/2/08)

"In 1992, Acorn Hired Mr. Obama To Run A Voter Registration Effort. He Later Became A Trainer For The Group, As Well As Its Lawyer In Election Law Cases." (John Fund, Op-Ed, "Obama's Liberal Shock Troops," The Wall Street Journal, 7/12/08)

• Fact: ACORN was not part of Project Vote, the successful voter registration drive Barack ran in 1992.

Actual Fact: Obama directed Illinois' Project Vote from April to October 1992, a voter registration drive with a staff of ten and seven hundred volunteers; it achieved its goal of registering 150,000 of 400,000 unregistered African-Americans in the state, and led to Crain's Chicago Business naming Obama to its 1993 list of "40 under Forty" powers to be. From Wikipedia

EMFK Note: A suggestion to "Fight The Smears website: Don't try to hide the fact that Obama has ties to ACORN---especially if there is a paper trail.


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