Michael Gaynor
Better late than never, "Johnny-come-lately" Glenn Beck
By Michael Gaynor
February 24, 2010

Will Beck report the truth about the ACORN 8 faster than he did about Obama lying about his relationship with ACORN? Or will he be too embarrassed to report it? Time will tell.

Johnny-come-lately: "A newcomer or latecomer, especially a recent adherent to a cause or trend."

This week Glenn Beck showed videotape proving that presidential candidate Obama lied about his relationship with ACORN and cleverly compared Obama's lies about his relationship with ACORN to President Clinton's lie about his relationship with ACORN, Senator Edwards' lie about his paternity of his baby daughter and President Nixon's memorable "I'm not a crook" claim.

Better late than never!

Excerpt from my October 28, 2008 article titled "Why Obama and ACORN fear Anita MonCrief": "Obama in the last presidential debate: 'My only involvement I've had with ACORN was I represented them alongside the U.S. Justice Department in making Illinois implement a motor voter law that helped people get registered at DMVs.'

"That's a lie, not a fact.

"Yes, Obama represented ACORN in that lawsuit and the Clinton Justice Department predictably sided with ACORN.

"But that was NOT Obama's only involvement with ACORN.

"And Obama looked into the camera during the last presidential debate and flat out lied to the American people about it (in his calm, seemingly non-threatening manner).

"ACORN is the organization with which Obama has been associated throughout his adult life, as organizer, trainer, lawyer, funder and political beneficiary...and Obama's Achilles heel.

"Anita [ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief] reports revealing connections between ACORN and the Obama campaign based on personal knowledge.

"In late 2007, Anita reports, Anita received a call from the Obama campaign asking if this was the same Project Vote that Obama worked for in the 90's. With the staff retreat fresh in mind, Anita answered yes and sent an email to Zach Polett, Karyn Gillette, Nathan Henderson James, and Kevin Whelan stating that the campaign wanted someone to call them back regarding some media questions that were being asked at the time.

"In late 2007, Anita reports, Karyn Gillette approached Anita to tell her that she had direct contact with the Obama campaign and had obtained their donor lists. This meeting took place sometime in November of 2007 and may have even been a conference call between the campaign and Project Vote. Anita was given an excel spreadsheet to work with for cultivation of new donors. When Anita had trouble because of the duplicates, Karyn stated that she would contact her person at the campaign and see if they had another one.

"Anita reports that Karyn Gillette also provided lists obtained from the Kerry and Clinton campaigns, as well as the 2004 DNC donor lists, and that these lists were shared with the Political directors of roughly 12 ACORN battleground states in order to raise money for a $28 million dollar (number as of 11/2007) voter registration drive (based on direct and indirect knowledge and documents).

"Anita reports that research uncovered after the Rathke embezzlement scandal showed that persons demanded a forensic audit and suggested a well-known, credible firm to do it, but Bertha Lewis told them that the auditors came back with a contract that was 'too expensive' and that's what Dale Rathke told funders back when they were hoping Arthur Anderson would take over auditing (based on indirect knowledge and documents).

"Anita reports that ACORN and Project Vote used CCI to transfer money between the organizations and may be guilty of violating RICO statues (based on indirect knowledge and documents).

"Anita reports that Sidley Austin, Obama's old law firm, is representing ACORN pro-bono and Mesirow Financial, the firm hired to provide financial advice to ACORN, is headed by a major Obama donor, Richard Mesirow (based on indirect knowledge and documents).

"Anita also notes that questions have been raised about the shredding or destruction of documents by ACORN's own lawyers (based on documents).

"Bottom line: ACORN has been improperly coordinating with and operating as an arm of the Obama campaign, and 'the Senator from ACORN''s involvement with ACORN has been much more than his lawful representation of ACORN in the motor voter case years ago."

Incidentally, the Nathan Henderson James mentioned above is the same one who wrote a February 22, 2010 confidential memorandum on the future of ACORN just made public by Matthew Vadum in an article titled "ACORN Official: Gangster Group Will Be Bankrupt Soon But Fake Spin Off Groups Will Carry On The Corruption" (http://biggovernment.com/mvadum/2010/02/24/acorn-official-gangster-group-will-be-bankrupt-soon-but-fake-spinoff-groups-will-carry-on-the-corruption/.

That's a great public service, but Vadum may have permitted readers to jump to an erroneous conclusion by writing this in his article:

"Marcel Reid, who also heads a reform group called ACORN 8, told me ACORN's setbacks are the fault of the left, not the right. Progressives should have come forward to help fix ACORN, but they didn't.

"'We stood up in the organization to straighten out its problems before they got to this point,' she said. 'When they could have stood up to save it they sat down.'

"'It's the left's fault because when it was time for them to police themselves they would not do it. The left didn't stand up to purge itself when it could have. They can't blame the right when they didn't clean up their own house.'"

A reader might think that the ACORN 8 are purely ideaalistic and Ms. Reid is not part of the Left and that is not so.

Read Anita's MonCrief's "For CPAC and Beck, The Truth About the ACORN 8" (http://hotair.com/greenroom/archives/2010/02/19/for-cpac-and-beck-the-truth-about-the-acorn-8/) and my "Odd Fellows: Glenn Beck, Marcel Reid and Ron Karenga" (/www.webcommentary.com/php/ShowArticle.php?id=gaynorm&date=100208) and "What Fox's Glenn Beck and ACORN 8's Michael McCray Did NOT Tell You" (www.webcommentary.com/php/ShowArticle.php?id=gaynorm&date=100211).

Fox stars have not put together the whole stories of Obama's nefarious connections in time to stop Obama. For example, Sean Hannity focused on Rev. Jeremiah A. "God damn America" Wright, Jr. in early 2007 but did not broadcast video of Rev. Wright's "greatest hits" until a year later, when it was too late.

Will Fox newcomer Beck report the truth about the ACORN 8 faster than he did about Obama lying about his relationship with ACORN? Or will he be too embarrassed to report it? Time will tell.

© Michael Gaynor


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Michael Gaynor

Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member... (more)


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