Friday, October 10, 2008

Trakas Demands ACORN Be Defunded / Former State Representative Notes Kucinich’s Silence on Election Fraud

For Immediate Release

October 10, 2008

Contact: Mike Dovilla
(216) 280-8720

Trakas Demands ACORN Be Defunded
Former State Representative Notes Kucinich’s Silence on Election Fraud

( INDEPENDENCE ) Former State Representative Jim Trakas , candidate for Congress in Ohio’s 10th District, today expressed dismay over the continuing allegations that the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) has knowingly and repeatedly submitted fraudulent voter registrations to the Board of Elections with impunity.

“Anytime fraud occurs in the voting process there is obvious cause for concern,” stated Trakas. “We witnessed this in 2004, when fictional characters registered to vote, drugs were offered in exchange for registrations, and tens of thousands of illegally cast ballots had to be thrown out. This attempt to influence elections wastes the limited resources of the Board of Elections and causes justifiable concern among the electorate about just who is voting.”

Trakas continued, “What is most disconcerting is that ACORN receives funding from the federal government to the tune of millions of dollars in annual grants and then uses those federal dollars to further its political agenda. ACORN has proven without a doubt to be a blatantly partisan group that should not be considered for federal grants. When I am elected to Congress, I will fight to eliminate funding to these entities and refocus our government’s work on honest, nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations.”

In addition to its efforts to unduly influence public elections, ACORN actively lobbied Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to make loans to people who could not afford them, helping to cause the financial collapse that is affecting everyone's investments, pensions, and retirement benefits.

Curiously, Congressman Dennis Kucinich, who demanded a recount of the votes cast in Ohio in the 2004 presidential election and voted against their certification, has been silent on this pervasive negative influence on the electoral process and quasi-governmental financial agencies.

“Dennis Kucinich fancies himself a champion of the little guy and a fighter against corruption. Where is he on this one?,” asked Jim Trakas . “This is a Congressman who demanded a recount in the New Hampshire primary despite no allegations of impropriety and sat silent while the members of his majority party in Congress permitted government sponsored enterprises to provide loans to people who had limited ability to pay them back. Here we have rampant corruption, misguided public policy, and inexcusable dereliction of duty in plain sight, and Congressman Kucinich can’t be bothered to get involved.”

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