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October 29, 2008

"No Ties" to ACORN: ACORN Staffer Testifies That Barack Obama's Campaign Provided ACORN with Donor List in 2007

These are jealously guarded things.

How jealously guarded? Well, Hillary Clinton requested Obama provide her with this list, so she could contact his donors and try to get her campaign debts paid off.

He refused. Despite the fact that he was actively courting her support.

But he gave it ACORN, a group with which he has "no ties."

One note of caution: She was fired, apparently for running up charges on her ACORN credit card, so she's a disgruntled employee.

But then, only disgruntled employees spill on their employers.

A former staffer for an affiliate of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now testified today that the organization was provided a "donor list" from the presidential campaign of Barack Obama in late 2007 for fundraising efforts.

Anita Moncrief, a former Washington, D.C. staffer for Project Vote, which she described as a sister organization of ACORN, said her supervisor told her the list of campaign contributors came from the Obama campaign. Moncrief said she has a copy of a "development plan" that outlines how Obama contributors who had "maxed out" under federal contribution limits would be targeted to give to Project Vote, and that it was her job to identify such contributors.

Moncrief testified that ACORN and Project Vote were virtually identical.


A Republican lawyer submitted a computer disk of the Obama database to Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson.

Moncrief, whom Project Vote fired earlier this year, testified for more than two hours during a hearing on a Pennsylvania Republican Party lawsuit aimed at curbing voter fraud in Tuesday's general election.

An Obama campaign spokeswoman last week had said the campaign has "no ties" to ACORN.

Moncrief, 29, who now lives in Virginia, also said that she had taken a call from an Obama campaign worker inquiring whether it was the same organization Obama had worked with in the 1990's.

Moncrief said she had received repeated warnings to "back off" from testifying today by people she knows at ACORN.

"I thought it was powerful testimony. She took a great personal risk," said Heather Heidelbaugh, an attorney representing the state GOP.






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