Thursday, October 09, 2008

Barack Obama was ACORN's Attorney

I should have caught this a long time ago. ACORN's workers have several convictions of vote fraud, and was also tied into the housing loan scandals through intimidation tactics. I missed the obvious when looking for a redmeat tie between ACORN, Obama's work as a community organizer and these scandals. Obama was a "community organizer" and doesn't mention the name of it. I focused on looking at the Annenberg and Woods funds, and already knew about the Joyce Foundation. I didn't take a good look at his legal record however. Law records are some of the most preserved records in this country.

I started to catch on one of the other bloggers at Media Circus posted this titled>UPDATED: Obama Sued Citibank Under CRA to Force it to Make Bad Loans. They say this.

Cas­e­ Name­
B­uy­cks-Rob­erson­ v­. Ci­t­i­b­an­k F­ed. Sav­. B­an­k F­ai­r Housi­n­g/L­en­di­n­g/I­n­suran­ce
Docket­ / Court­ 94 C 4094 ( N­.D. I­l­l­. ) F­H-I­L­-0011
St­at­e/T­erri­t­ory­ I­l­l­i­n­oi­s
C­as­e S­ummary
P­la­int­iffs filed­ t­heir cla­ss a­ct­io­n la­w­suit­ o­n July 6, 1994, a­lleg­ing­ t­ha­t­ Cit­iba­nk­ ha­d­ eng­a­g­ed­ in red­lining­ p­ra­ct­ices in t­he Chica­g­o­ m­et­ro­p­o­lit­a­n a­rea­ in vio­la­t­io­n o­f t­he Equa­l Cred­it­ O­p­p­o­rt­unit­y A­ct­ (ECO­A­), 15 U.S.C. 1691; t­he Fa­ir Ho­using­ A­ct­, 42 U.S.C. 3601-3619; t­he T­hirt­eent­h A­m­end­m­ent­ t­o­ t­he U.S. Co­nst­it­ut­io­n; a­nd­ 42 U.S.C. 1981, 1982. P­la­int­iffs a­lleg­ed­ t­ha­t­ t­he D­efend­a­nt­-ba­nk­ reject­ed­ lo­a­n a­p­p­lica­t­io­ns o­f m­ino­rit­y a­p­p­lica­nt­s w­hile a­p­p­ro­ving­ lo­a­n a­p­p­lica­t­io­ns filed­ by w­hit­e a­p­p­lica­nt­s w­it­h sim­ila­r fina­ncia­l cha­ra­ct­erist­ics a­nd­ cred­it­ hist­o­ries. P­la­int­iffs so­ug­ht­ injunct­ive relief, a­ct­ua­l d­a­m­a­g­es, a­nd­ p­unit­ive d­a­m­a­g­es.

U.S. D­ist­rict­ Co­urt­ Jud­g­e Ruben Ca­st­illo­ cert­ified­ t­he P­la­int­iffs’ suit­ a­s a­ cla­ss a­ct­io­n o­n June 30, 1995. Buyck­s-Ro­berso­n v. Cit­iba­nk­ Fed­. Sa­v. Ba­nk­, 162 F.R.D­. 322 (N.D­. Ill. 1995). A­lso­ o­n June 30, Jud­g­e Ca­st­illo­ g­ra­nt­ed­ P­la­int­iffs’ m­o­t­io­n t­o­ co­m­p­el d­isco­very o­f a­ sa­m­p­le o­f D­efend­a­nt­-ba­nk­’s lo­a­n a­p­p­lica­t­io­n files. Buyck­s-Ro­berso­n v. Cit­iba­nk­ Fed­. Sa­v. Ba­nk­, 162 F.R.D­. 338 (N.D­. Ill. 1995).

T­he p­a­rt­ies vo­lunt­a­rily d­ism­issed­ t­he ca­se o­n M­a­y 12, 1998, p­ursua­nt­ t­o­ a­ set­t­lem­ent­ a­g­reem­ent­.
P­la­int­iff’s La­w­yers A­lexis, Hila­ry I. (Illino­is)
FH-IL-0011-7500 | FH-IL-0011-7501 | FH-IL-0011-9000
Child­ers, M­icha­el A­llen (Illino­is)
FH-IL-0011-7500 | FH-IL-0011-7501 | FH-IL-0011-9000
Cla­yt­o­n, Fa­y (Illino­is)
FH-IL-0011-7500 | FH-IL-0011-7501 | FH-IL-0011-9000
Cum­m­ing­s, Jeffrey Irvine (Illino­is)
FH-IL-0011-7500 | FH-IL-0011-7501 | FH-IL-0011-9000
Lo­ve, Sa­ra­ No­rris (Virg­inia­)
M­iner, Jud­so­n Hirsch (Illino­is)
FH-IL-0011-7500 | FH-IL-0011-9000
Oba­m­­a­, Ba­r­a­ck H­. (Illinois­)
FH-I­L-0011-7500 | FH-I­L-0011-7501 | FH-I­L-0011-9000
Wi­ckert­, J­o­hn­ Hen­ry­ (I­lli­n­o­i­s)

More information is found on that side about that particular case. Seeing that, I went to Westlaw. Barack Obama does not have a long litigation history of published cases. Five cases of his were published. Two of them were ACORN, one of which he worked on twice on the Distict Court level as well as the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Baravati v. Josephthal, Lyon & Ross, Inc., 28 F.3d 704, (7th Cir.(Ill.) Jul 01, 1994)

This was a defamation case and non controversial.

Barnett v. Daley, 32 F.3d 1196, (7th Cir.(Ill.) Aug 23, 1994)
Judson H. Miner (argued), Barack H. Obama, Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, Nathaniel R. Howse, R. Eugene Pincham, P. Scott Neville, Jr., Howse, Howse, Neville & Gray, Chicago, IL, for plaintiffs-appellants.

This was a lawsuit over redistricting in the City of Chicago. Daley's name is listed as defendant, as is common in cases of a municipality being sued. The original was dismissed, and on appeals, the dismissal was overturned. I really can't fault this case, but the firm listing is interesting.

Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) v. Edgar, 880 F.Supp. 1215, (N.D.Ill. Mar 31, 1995)

Judson H. Miner, Jeffrey Irvine Cummings, Barack H. Obama, Davis, Miner, Barnhill and Galland, P.C., Chicago, IL, for Ass'n of Community Organizations for Reform Now, (Acorn).

This goes to appeals. This suit is over Illinois and Motor Voter Law.

Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) v. Edgar, 56 F.3d 791, (7th Cir.(Ill.) Jun 05, 1995)

Judson H. Miner, Jeffrey Cummings, Barack H. Obama, Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, Chicago, IL, for Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), et al.

Illinois fought Motor Voter because of Federalism and concerns of you guessed fraud. Acorn won.

- Buycks-Roberson v. Citibank Federal Sav. Bank, 162 F.R.D. 338, (N.D.Ill. Jun 29, 1995)

That's the case the other bloggers are attacking.

- Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) v. Illinois State Bd. of Elections, 75 F.3d 304, (7th Cir.(Ill.) Jan 26, 1996)

The lawyers for this case:

Judson H. Miner, Jeffrey I. Cummings, Barack H. Obama, Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, Chicago, IL, for Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, Equip for Equality, Incorporated,

This was another case similar to the previous Motor Voter case. This case was dismissed.

Barack Obama is a self-described Community Organizer (A term which came from Chicago far leftist Saul Alinsky). ACORN is the "Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. Miner, Barnhill, and Galland is the law firm handling ACORN's Chicago cases. Judson Miner, partner and first name mentioned, had 98 published cases. Three were ACORN, and associate Obama was in on all of them.

In addition, ACORN was paid $800,000 by Obama in his presidential run, and $200,000 from Obama and Ayer's Woods fund of Chicago

There's smoke, and there's fire.


Communications guru said...

Man, you are really grasping for straws with this smear campaign. There is nothing wrong with ACORN. Why aren't you condemning Leon Drolet and his crooked recall effort against Andy Dillon? Some of the same tactics you claim ACORN used were used there.

This case is about discrimination and redlining, not suing a bank to make it give bad loans. You have to be smarter than that. The purpose of the suit is right there in the first paragraph:
The bank "rejected loan applications of minorit­y applicants while approving loan applications filed by white applicants with similar financial characteristics and credit histories."

Redlining is the practice of denying or increasing the cost of services such as banking, insurance, access to jobs, and access to health care or even supermarkets to residents in certain often racially determined areas. The most devastating form of redlining and the most common use of the term refers to mortgage discrimination in which middle income minority residents are denied loans available to lower income whites. It's especially active in Michigan right now where insurance company refuses to insure an auto or home based solely on the geographic area where the person lives, provides an inferior product based on geography or at a higher price.

So are you saying it's OK that white people got the alleged bad loans, but not minorities? Are you a racist, or am I misunderstanding something? Sen. Obama was a civil rights lawyer, and that's all you proved, other than you may be a racist.

Bachbone said...

ACORN has been investigated, and is actively under investigation as this is written, in at least thirteen states for falsifying voter registration cards. (Some cards were ingeniously filled in with names of Dallas Cowboy players.) Some Obama supporters have said they approve of this "thug thizzle" (street slang for "move"). Anyone who believes, "There is nothing wrong with ACORN." probably would counter, "It depends on what the meaning of the word 'wrong' is."

The Feb. 5, 2008 issue of the New York Post clearly states ACORN's role in pressuring financial institutions to make loans to parties who were incapable of paying them back. That article is available online. The pertinent section reads: "...minority mortgage applications were rejected more frequently than other applications - but the overwhelming reason wasn't racial discrimination, but simply that minorities tend to have weaker finances." However, ACORN used one of the same tactics as the above commenter, ad hominem attack in the form of racial intimidation, to cow lenders into making the loans anyhow rather than having their businesses picketed by ACORN, bad publicity on the 6 o'clock news and getting summoned before the likes of holier than thou Barney Frank and Chris Dodd to again be humiliated on national news shows.

To use a tactic of the Left, I'm not saying CG is a race hustler, but I think I read it somewhere on a blog.

Communications guru said...

What an absolute crock of shit. ACORN may be under investigation, but what they will find is individuals who are paid for each voters registration form filled out and turned in falsified them to get paid. I can also guarantee none of the forms that were falsified will be used to allow people to vote who should not. We cannot say the same for the signatures Leon Drolet falsified to initiate a recall that is being allowed to stand. Here we see a typical Faux "news" trick: "Some Obama supports say." Bullshit. Show me one Obama supporter who has said they approve of this. I appreciate the definition of "thizzle" because it's one you just made up, and I have no idea where you got this idea of thugs. If you want to see thugs go to a Grampy McSame and Spiro Palin rally where the crowd is whipped into a hateful frenzy and scream things like "kill him" or call Obama a terrorist. There is nothing wrong with ACORN, and the individuals who falsified the forms should be prosecuted.

Oh, you mean the New York Post owned by Rupert Murdoch who also owns Faux "news?" Give me a break. ACORN did not in pressuring anyone to make loans to parties who were incapable of paying them back.

You just proved redlining from the alleged NY Post article. "...minority mortgage applications were rejected more frequently than other applications - but the overwhelming reason wasn't racial discrimination, but simply that minorities tend to have weaker finances." Are you serious? Of course it was discrimination. "Minorities tend to have weaker finances?" that is the very definition of discrimination and redlining. We heard the same BS in the south in the 1960's. Blacks tend to be less intelligent, so we will not let them vote or make them take a test before they can vote. I see no difference between loans now and the vote in the 1960s.

Well, I live in Livingston County, and the minority population is less than 1 percent, yet we are having record foreclosures. How do you explain that?

"The number of homes in foreclosure because of mortgage or tax delinquencies is quickly rising to record levels in Washtenaw and Livingston counties, and across Michigan. Statistics show that through July, 626 homes in Washtenaw and 564 in Livingston were sold this year at a sheriff's auction."

You can day I'm a "race hustler" – whatever the hell that is - all you want, but it's just one more lie.

Unknown said...

More information on ACORN v. Edgar is available here:

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