ACORN in Ohio

At some point I got myself on the email list for the Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions here in Columbus. I skim the weekly updates, and while the amount of mail they send sometimes gets annoying I take enough interest in what they write to refrain from unsubscribing. Today they highlighted the fact that they’ve filed a civil suit in Warren County against the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN), a heavily left-leaning group with branches throughout the country and a shady history.

One of the many (many) things that torpedoed Ken Blackwell in 2006 was a fuss about a mutual fund he owned containing holdings in Diebold, who manufactured electronic voting machines used here in 2004. Yet for all the conspiracy theories and complaints about Blackwell rigging machines for Bush, ACORN and their fellow travelers have worked closely with Jennifer Brunner, the current (Democrat) Secretary of State. The complaint serves as a fairly comprehensive list of illegal ACORN activities in Ohio and elsewhere, and demands that ACORN be dissolved pursuant to ORC 2923.34. The Attorney General has to take up the case in order for that to happen… unfortunately for the Buckeye Institute, our Attorney General is also a Democrat. Thanks again, Bob Taft.

The federal court in Cincinnati decided this evening that Ohio’s voter registrations must be verified against some external source, which makes good sense. Secretary Brunner pointed out that setting up a method for this by Friday would be impossible. It might be feasible, or at least approaching feasible, if groups like ACORN weren’t running around registering dead people, re-registering live people, and conjuring people up. But when all’s said and done, I don’t expect 08CV72630 in the Warren County Court of Common Pleas to amount to much other than a bullet point on buckeyeinstitute.org. On the topic of bullet points, some late disclosure: horrible non-Obama supporting racist that I am, I voted for Blackwell in 2006. Blackwell is one of the big names at the Buckeye Institute. Let the conspiracy theories resume!

[Update: Fixed a lame typo in the second sentence.]

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