April 9th, 2009
04:23 PM ET
14 years ago

RNC points to ACORN, 2010 census to fundraise

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/09/art.rncemail0409.rnc.jpg caption="The RNC sent out a fundraising e-mail Thursday that focuses on the 2010 census and the community organizing group ACORN."]
(CNN) – New Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele is ripping a page from the GOP's 2008 playbook.

In a fundraising e-mail sent to supporters Thursday, Steele looks to link community organizing group ACORN with the 2010 census which the new administration will conduct.

"It seems the Obama Administration has plans to rig the Census results," Steele says in the message.

"President Obama's old friends from ACORN . . . has [sic] been chosen by the Administration as a 'partner' with the Census Bureau to determine population counts in cities around the country."

"ACORN's community organizers are eager to once again take action to aid their old friend in the White House," says Steele. "You can be sure they'll be manipulating population numbers."

In a statement to CNN, Bertha Lewis, ACORN's chief organizer, denies Steele's assertions.

"I am disappointed in Mr. Steele's repetition of lies and distortions about our work for crass fundraising purposes," Lewis says. "ACORN is not getting billions from the federal government. We are not in charge of the Census. Just like the accusations of 'voter fraud,' – charges that were debunked repeatedly – these are imaginary and false. The truth is that ACORN is deeply engaged in ending the foreclosure crisis."

During the 2008 White House race, the GOP repeatedly suggested that ACORN and its employees were involved in voter registration fraud that might benefit Barack Obama, then the Democrat nominee for president. The accusation was subsequently leveled at ACORN by the McCain-Palin campaign, which also suggested ties between Obama, his campaign, and the community organizing group.

Both ACORN and the Obama campaign denied engaging in voter registration fraud.

The 2010 census is shaping up to be a partisan battleground between Obama's administration and Republicans. In part over differences about how the next national head count should be conducted, New Hampshire GOP Sen. Judd Gregg withdrew his name from further consideration to be Obama's Commerce Secretary.

Some congressional Republicans also recently criticized University of Michigan Prof. Robert M. Groves, Obama's pick for census director. Groves worked for the Census Bureau during the last census in 1990, and recommended at that time that the head count be statistically adjusted to compensate for a possible undercount of millions of Americans.

Filed under: ACORN • Census • Michael Steele • Obama administration • RNC
soundoff (166 Responses)
  1. Los

    Everyone knows that ACORN, the media, and Saddam Hussein's ghost are conspiring to overthrow Iowa. It's in Revelations, people!

    April 9, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  2. YBM

    James April 9th, 2009 5:34 pm ET

    Funny how for the first time a President is taking the census into the Whitehouse? Why?
    That is an easy one, so the district lines can be redrawn to increase the population density of the "entitlement" voters that elected him in the first place, so that democrats can continue to be elected by the illegal aliens, and the welfare people with their hands out because they don't want to work.

    April 9, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  3. Freed_From_W

    Let me translate:

    "Rig the 2010 Census" is Republican for "Actually count everyone. Yes, even black people. Yes, Latino and Middle-Eastern as well."

    It's alright if you didn't understand. It's a very difficult, outdated and displeasing language.

    April 9, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  4. I can see Canada from my house!

    Why would any sane political strategist pick up a theme, much less a tactic, THAT FAILED? ACORN could not influence an election, since any person improperly registered would not be allowed to vote! When will the Republicans admit they were lying about the influence of ACORN to scare the ignorant?

    Oh, theat would mean they would have to admit they were operating on YET another FALSE premise(that is an idea, for all you Joe the Plumber fans, something the Repubs have not had in a generation).

    April 9, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  5. YBM

    Jer April 9th, 2009 5:11 pm ET

    This only proves that if you keep throwing crap against the wall, some of it might actually stick. Wouldn't it be nice if ACORN took the RNC to court to challenge these charges?
    They won't do that because they would lose. ACORN prefers to play the "poor me, I'm being picked on" card to go along with the race card they throw out regularly.

    April 9, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  6. Len in Washington

    Is there nothing that these people won't do to try and instill fear...and...is there nothing that these people are not willing to lie about?

    Can you say...."DISGUSTING!"

    April 9, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  7. MARK

    Steele is a worthless idiot.

    April 9, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  8. Kayla

    This is why the Republicans are finding themselves near total extinction. They feed on lies and falsehoods. The Republican party continues to self destruct....hopefully, never to rise again.

    April 9, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  9. Jadie

    The Republicans have to blame something or someone other than themselves for their poor showing this last election. They are looking more and more like the proven idiots they truly are.

    April 9, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  10. Mari

    SO.......... amusing to read the GOPer's fear mongering! ACORN is evil!

    The GOP constantly has some sort of FEAR campaign going!

    In the 50's & 60's it was "the commies are coming!"

    In 2001-2004 it was "the terrorists are coming!"

    Now its "the socialists!" Or in this case ACORN!!

    Someone posted a comment that ACORN is being investigated! They were ........ and they were CLEARED!

    Why don't you, far-right-folks, do some of your own research instead of spewing the GOP's propaganda????

    April 9, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  11. Bob (Illinois)

    Is Michael Steele really the huge idiot he appears to be? How many times does all this ACORN nonsense have to be laid to rest.

    I wonder if Steele is Rove in disguise.

    April 9, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  12. REED

    What a mess the Republican party has become.

    April 9, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  13. Cynthia - Arkansas

    Another day, another ridiculous claim by the Republicans! I feel sorry for people who actually listen to their dripple. I would hope that America has heard enough of these same old tired political lies!

    April 9, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  14. Rightsaid

    The GOP lies, and it is getting harder and harder for them to get away with it. This Independent thinks Steele is awesome. I hope he wins a lifetime position with the grand ole party.

    April 9, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  15. Gene

    When are people going to understand that ACORN is not evil. They hire people who are poor, homeless, disabled to try to give them a chance to work. And of course, many that are poor, homeless... whatever... it's not uncommon for them to try to make a fast lazy buck. Of course they're going to have people faking registration forms to try to make a little extra cash... but it doesn't make the corporation that gives them the opportunity to work evil.

    April 9, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  16. I used to like CNN but not anymore!

    More " grasping at straws to try to save ourselves from drowning in the ocean of irrelevency that we created " by the Republicans! Nothing new to see here folks! Please keep the line moving.

    April 9, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  17. kathy

    Of course the RNC does not want the minorities counted. It may mean the middle aged white guys may become the minority which is going to happen like it or not. RNC needs to stop trying to self distruct. Do they think the american people cannot see through this big time!!! The count will go on but better watch those republicans very carefully.

    April 9, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  18. TCM

    Michael Steele should learn about tactics from Obama. RNC should infiltrate ACORN, since they are protected from prosecution, and at the last moment, flip flop and use the funds for the Republicans. AFter all, ACORN and the other radical liberal puke organizations have robbed this country long enough....what's truly amazing is if this country was facing a threat on it's own soil, the liberals run and hide and want to talk.....like a bunch of wussies...The democratic congress and the incompetent OBama are steering this country into a disaster; just wait until the real estate market starts getting foreclosed on.....empty malls, empty plazas....high crime, high unemployment...


    April 9, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  19. Bill Peterson

    Steele is an idiot. No new ideals just the same old loser tactics and lies that handed the Democrats the country. Why was he chosen? I hope it wasn't because he's Black. He is an insult to all the gifted Black politicians who could have presented the Republican party as the party of choice. I sense the cruelty of old right wing party members in Steele and not a vision of what the party needs. Republicans need someone who can change their image and Steele is not it.

    April 9, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  20. serious stuff

    He needs to get his act together. At the beginning I thought perhaps he may be the change that the Republican party needs, but his actions are not inspired or inspiring. I want him to be successful, but that will not happen if he insists on playing the same stupid games.

    He needs to be bold, somewhat original and unfraid to take on his party. Without these actions he will find it hard to expand his base. Dissing President Obama, Acorn and everything under the sun will not earn him the respect he seeks.

    April 9, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  21. Sean

    It's a strong accusation to say someone is trying to rig the Census. He'd better watch out...

    April 9, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  22. Mark

    Its a shame that the head of the RNC is an out and out liar. Its hard to figure who is worse, Steele or Palin.

    April 9, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  23. Kim- GA

    Anyone else tired of these republicans yet?

    April 9, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  24. Lynn West Bloomfield, Michigan

    Poor Michael Steele. In his desire to be as important as President Obama he has obviously lost what little bit of a mind he had. I suggest that instead of working so hard to tell lies about our President, he instead put all that fantasy to work making up reasons the Repugs should keep him on as their Chairman. He's gonna need all the creativity he can muster for that none.

    April 9, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  25. johnny

    What is the sound of one hand clapping? It's the GOP.

    April 9, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
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