October 11th, 2008
12:35 PM ET
12 years ago

ACORN strikes back at McCain video tying group to housing crisis

A new McCain Web ad ties Obama to ACORN -- and suggests the group was connected to the current financial crisis.

A new McCain Web ad ties Obama to ACORN - and suggests the group was connected to the current financial crisis.

(CNN) - Embattled community group ACORN, which come under rising Republican attack, hit back hard late Friday over a new Web video released by the McCain campaign.

The online video seeks to link Sen. Barack Obama to ACORN, and accuses the group of engaging practices at the heart of the nation's current financial troubles. ACORN "bull[ied] banks" and engaged in "intimidation tactics," says the ad. "ACORN forced banks to issue risky home loans. The same types of loans that caused the financial crisis we're in today."

ACORN denied the charges. "For more than a decade, ACORN members have held protests, released reports and advocated for regulations to protect homeowners from predatory lenders," ACORN president Maude Hurd said in a statement. "If John McCain thinks that community organizers caused the foreclosure crisis, he knows even less about the economy than previously thought."

At a Thursday campaign event, McCain personally called for an investigation of ACORN; the same day, prominent Republicans in Congress said any federal funds going to the organization should be cut off. On Friday, a small group of Republicans in the House of Representatives who had all administered election systems as Secretaries of States asked the Attorney General to conduct an investigation into allegations some of ACORN's extensive voter registration activities had veered into voter fraud.

In addition to the Web video, the McCain campaign held a conference call Friday that highlighted Sen. Obama's ties to ACORN, and allegations of wrongdoing by the group. The Republican National Committee also launched a new Web site Friday that had similar themes.

Earlier: Embattled ACORN defends its voter registration drive

Filed under: ACORN • Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Bulldog

    McCain and his cronies are hugely responsible for this economy and that is why they are desperately trying to attack anyone they can to take the focus off of them. People are too smart for their obvious games though. McCain doesn't have a clue.

    October 11, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  2. Mrs. Texas Teacher

    "If John McCain thinks that community organizers caused the foreclosure crisis, he knows even less about the economy than previously thought."

    Am I crazy, but didn't McCain start this nastiness off with criticising and belittling Obama for being a community organizer? Now a community organizer group for poor people is being targeted for voter fraud? And Republicans are calling for cutting funding for ACORN. This is not only an attack on Obama, it is an attack on the poor as much as anything.

    I'm disgusted with the obscenities McCain and his camp are spewing!

    October 11, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. dwaine

    When the financial situation of the country is in shambles and we need honest people to pull together to do the right thing, here comes a group of people from acorn acting like the corner drug dealer, this type of action deserves the stiffest action the law can give them, I find their action repulsive.

    October 11, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  4. Tim

    Yeah, and for years ACORN has been working hard to register the underprivledged to vote. Dead people do not have a better champion. Fictious people do not have a better advocate. People with multiple personalities, all of which have the right to vote, do not have a better advocate.

    You go get them ACORN, we need more organizations like you to "stick it to the man".

    October 11, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. Disapointed republican with the nomination of that woman as number two for the ticket.

    Erratic Macain

    October 11, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  6. Bob, San Francisco

    The propaganda works on slow people, sadly. I saw a video of a McCain supporter screaming violently that ACORN and Obama, specifically, are the SOLE cause of the economic problems in the US! LOL!

    Say illogical and idiotic statements, and illogical and idiotic people will eat it up. No wonder people take risks these days by throwing out lies; many people will keep repeating it even after the truth gets exposed.

    October 11, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. Mary

    Ask McCain where did the evidence come from.

    October 11, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. ohio

    mccian was part of ACORN with Bush what is he talking about.

    October 11, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  9. Elizabeth

    This is a non-issue made to look like voter fraud. ACORN has to accept
    ALL forms that they collect. Joe six pack on the street may write down
    anything on the ballot, which is not the fault ACORN, but they still have to
    accept the form. After being verified at the offices, any bogus form is
    destroyed. Voters have to show valid I.D. at the polls. Therefore
    Santa Claus can't cast a vote when he gets to the polling station, because then they will know he's a fraud. People should try and
    understand the process, before jumping to self-serving conclusions.
    The "tattle tale" state employees should spend time educating the
    public on voting procedures instead of creating a controversy that
    doesn't exist.

    October 11, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  10. jim, kansas city MO

    Boy I sure appreciate that in between fraudulent voter registration and visiting bankers houses, pushing bank to give people mortgages who can not afford them; ACORN president finds time to point fingers at McCain.
    Should somebody be questioning him for braking federal laws? Or maybe thats racism if they do?

    October 11, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. Daniel R. Martin

    ACORN, like most community organizations, rely on volunteers to register Americans to vote. Inescapably, there are some volunteers who will short circuit the system by duplicating name, using cemetrery headstones for name and other creative means for registering people. The spokekeswoman for ACORN explainde that they did not condone these paractces and have a checking system whereby the names are checked when the voter shows up with an ID. Also, she pointed out that mosy, if not all of these application forms were brought to mthe attention of the authorities by ACORN itself. Perhaps critics of ACORN, such as Lou Dodds, will check out there facs on both sides bes misleading their audiences. Additionally, its reprehensible, tome, that Barack Obama, because his campaing gave $800,000 to ACORN, can be held responsible for the actions or inactions of ACORN.. Enough or Mr Dobbs "Independent Perspetive".

    October 11, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  12. Enlightened Voter

    Yeah, yeah mccain we know. Obama is responsible for all the ills of the country. Hey there's a hurricane coming up, bet it's his fault too.

    October 11, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  13. sick n tired

    I just love how McCain tries to pin this crisis on everyone and anyone he can! Kinda like a scared rabbit trying to find its hole in a hurry!

    October 11, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |