10 October 2008

GOP lawmaker compares ACORN to the KKK

David Edwards and Nick Juliano - October 10, 2008

The organized assault from the Republican party on an organization dedicated to registering low-income and minority voters continued in full force Friday, with a prominent Republican lawmaker comparing the community organizers at Acorn with the Ku Klux Klan.

The Association of Community Organziations for Reform Now has faced repeated accusations of attempted voter fraud and investigations by state and federal officials of its activities in several key states. Feeney, a three term Florida Republican facing a difficult reelection races, launched wildly unsubstantiated accusations that Acorn has caused dead people to cast votes and somehow allowed the same voter to cast "20 to 30" ballots in a single election.

"This is destructive to democracy," he told Fox News Friday. "I believe Acorn has violated more Americans' civil rights to have their vote counted than any group since the KKK. It's an outrage."

The "fair & balanced" network, which has spent an inordinate amount of time over the last week parroting GOP talking points bashing Acorn and tying the group to Democratic candidate Barack Obama, didn't have an Acorn representative or anyone else to balance Feeney's tirade. Nor did they mention allegations against Feeney himself that he tried to subvert democracy by hacking electronic voting machines.


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