Again, I gotta wonder how much of that shifted around, and flat out embezzeled, money, went to illegal political activities. Like, oh I don't know, donations to Obama via untraceable pre-paid cards, through the Obama site (see Katz's post). Would be convenient for Acorn's (We have no connection") sister, Project vote, with their list of "maxed out" Obama contributors. Would be a way to get around the "maxed out" problem.
[i]But Ms. Kingsley found that the tight relationship between Project Vote and Acorn made it impossible to document that Project Voteï¿½??s money had been used in a strictly nonpartisan manner. Until the embezzlement scandal broke last summer, Project Voteï¿½??s board was made up entirely of Acorn staff members and Acorn members.
Ms. Kingsleyï¿½??s report raised concerns not only about a lack of documentation to demonstrate that no charitable money was used for political activities but also about which organization controlled strategic decisions.
She wrote that the same people appeared to be deciding which regions to focus on for increased voter engagement for Acorn and Project Vote. Zach Pollett, for instance, was Project Voteï¿½??s executive director and Acornï¿½??s political director, until July, when he relinquished the former title. Mr. Pollett continues to work as a consultant for Project Vote through another Acorn affiliate.[/i]