Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Shocker: ACORN Paying OWS Protesters

Imagine our surprise to discover Obama's buddies from ACORN still meddling around. I though this criminal enterprise ceased to exist?
The former New York office for ACORN, the disbanded community activist group, is playing a key role in the self-proclaimed “leaderless” Occupy Wall Street movement, organizing “guerrilla” protest events and hiring door-to-door canvassers to collect money under the banner of various causes while spending it on protest-related activities, sources tell

The former director of New York ACORN, Jon Kest, and his top aides are now busy working at protest events for New York Communities for Change (NYCC). That organization was created in late 2009 when some ACORN offices disbanded and reorganized under new names after undercover video exposes prompted Congress to cut off federal funds.

NYCC’s connection to ACORN isn’t a tenuous one: It works from the former ACORN offices in Brooklyn, uses old ACORN office stationery, employs much of the old ACORN staff and, according to several sources, engages in some of the old organization’s controversial techniques to raise money, interest and awareness for the protests.

Sources said NYCC has hired about 100 former ACORN-affiliated staff members from other cities – paying some of them $100 a day - to attend and support Occupy Wall Street. Dozens of New York homeless people recruited from shelters are also being paid to support the protests, at the rate of $10 an hour, the sources said.

At least some of those hired are being used as door-to-door canvassers to collect money that’s used to support the protests.

Sources said cash donations collected by NYCC on behalf of some unions and various causes are being pooled and spent on Occupy Wall Street. The money is used to buy supplies, pay staff and cover travel expenses for the ex-ACORN members brought to New York for the protests.

In one such case, sources said, NYCC staff members collected cash donations for what they were told was a United Federation of Teachers fundraising drive, but the money was diverted to the protests.

Sources who participated in the teachers union campaign said NYCC supervisors gave them the addresses of union members and told them to go knock on their doors and ask for contributions—and did not mention that the money would go toward Occupy Wall Street expenses. One source said the campaign raked in about $5,000.

Current staff members at NYCC told the union fundraising drive was called off abruptly last week, and they were told NYCC should not have been raising money for the union at all.
Another source, who said she was hired from a homeless shelter, said she was first sent to the protests before being deployed to Central Islip, Long Island, to canvass for a campaign against home foreclosures.

“I went to the protests every day for two weeks and made $10 an hour. They made me carry NYCC signs and big orange banners that say NYCC in white letters. About 50 others were hired around my time to go to the protests. We went to protests in and around Zuccotti Park, then to the big Times Square protest,” she said.

“But now they have me canvassing on Long Island for money, so I get the money and then the money is being used for Occupy Wall Street—to pay for all of it, for supplies, food, transportation, salaries, for everything ... all that money is going to pay for the protests downtown and that’s just messed up. It’s just wrong.”
According to Fox this is an exclusive, but, um, is it really?


Jim O'Neil said...

Occupy Wall Street,earn $10/hour!

Constitution First said...

The most transparent part of our Radical Communiy Organizer, cum-pRESIDENT is his long association with ACORN & Van Jones and his desire to see the Republic fail.

Hey Pelosi, now that NYCC (aka ACORN) has b!tch-slapped you, have you figured out what real astrotuf is yet? Or are you still stuck-on-stupid?

Bob Miller said...

Taxpayer dollars being spent to insure that OBAMA is re-elected.   Without Obama this is why the Democrats and Obama support these anti-american Scum.

Mormon Mom Blogger said...

Nothing New under the Sun...

Jenny Hatch

Ben Zene said...

You'd think with all the money they're collecting, someone would have called up Port-A-John so those poor protesters wouldn't have to find a police car every time they felt the call of nature.

Mark Toth said...

That's no different then the Koch brothers paying the Tea Party Protesters?  Bussing them around to different sites so it looked like there were more of them then there actually were?  What's good for the goose is good for the gander guys.  Thanks for the deceptive practice's.  They work pretty well as you already know!