Today, senior law enforcement officials confirmed to the Associated Press that the FBI is investigating ACORN for voter fraud. ACORN, as you all know by now, is the community activist group recently in hot water for submitting fraudulent voter registration forms. The FBI is apparently trying to figure out if these incidents were coordinated fraud or just a few inattentive/lazy/opportunistic ACORN workers mishandling their jobs.
The reason this is an issue is because 1 )ACORN targets lower-income, minority and young people for their registration drives. These groups tend to vote heavily Democratic. 2) The Barack Obama campaign has given around $800,000 to Citizens Services Inc., an ACORN subsidiary involved in get-out-the-vote efforts. Thatâ€™s really all you need for the makings of a scandal in the era of partisan blogs and 24-hour news cycles.
Hereâ€™s the problem: thereâ€™s no proof that ACORN is coordinating fraud and certainly no proof that the Obama campaign is participating in such underhanded tactics. I, for one, think there might be some smoke, but there doesnâ€™t appear to be a fire. If the FBI starts making arrests, then Iâ€™ll start believing this story might have significance.
As it is, I donâ€™t think the rightwing attempts to accuse Obama of stealing the election will be any more effective than were the leftwing attempts to accuse Bush of stealing the election before the 2004 election. Accusing your opponent of fraud seems to be a rather popular tactic when youâ€™re behind in the polls, no matter which side of the aisle youâ€™re from.