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Well May 21st is shaping up to be a busy day> Perhaps you’re going to Albany to protest against the egregious violations of our fundamental 2nd amendment rights by NY State gov, or perhaps you’re going somewhere to protest the egregious violations and corruption by the Federal gov with respect to the IRS Scandal. In any case, make sure you also vote on your School budgets and School boards too.

On the IRS issue, here’s a message from our Tea Party friends with local info:

“STTPP will be holding a Protest Outside the IRS Building on  E. 2nd St. & Prendergast Ave Jamestown NY

at 12:00 noon Tuesday May 21st.

It is time to stand up and become a force they cannot ignore. (Events happening across the Country)

On behalf of Tea Party, Patriot groups, 9/12, liberty activists, and the American people, we are calling for anyone and everyone to protest the IRS’ complete abuse of power on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at noon local time.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is out of control and we need to stand up and let them know that we will not take their intimidation tactics!”


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Winners – Congrats to Goodell and Ward on winning their primaries, and to the voters who made prudent choices (see our last post), especially the Conservative party voters that handed Coughlin a trouncing. He has no business even trying to grab that party line! Losers – What were 49 C voters thinking? Oh well, no matter. More losers – all the voters that didn’t vote, as usual the turnout was terrible (and note a lower % among I voters than the C voters), what is the matter with you people?

Independence Party Primary:

Goodell over Mueller 189 – 140 / Ward over Coughlin 192 – 127

Conservative Party Primary:

Ward over Coughlin 200 – 49

Campaign signs, Winners: Goodell and Ward whose people promptly took them down in accordance with most municipalities local ordinances, which all campaigns know about full well by the way. Losers, Mueller and Coughlin who’s signs are still all over the place as of monday Morning. Worse yet, they have signs on State property such as the Rte 394 thruway underpass in the town of Poland. There are several other public places as well, whether state, county or local. YOU KNOW BETTER, NOW GET YOUR SIGNS OFF PUBLIC PROPERTY! In other words take em down or face formal complaints and fines.

PJ Photo

The biggest looser: Mr Coughlin who thinks he should be a Judge, What the heck were the democrats thinking? He has no business seeking a Judgeship and voters would be out of their minds to give him one!

Judge candidate Coughlin has history of harassment, anger

More on our elections page

Well here’s what one Dem thinks: The ethically corrupt Election Comm Norm Green. Yeh we can’t call him legally corrupt cause the justice system failed us on that one. Green should so clearly have been convicted of violating election laws in addition to tampering with US Mail (hmm whatever happened to the pursuit of federal charges?). Anyhow when Coughlin was holding a fundraiser back in July in Buffalo (yeh more on that in a moment), Green urged support for him calling Coughlin “his lifelong friend”,  “an amazing and gifted attorney”, “served the people well as public defender”, and “is a first tier public servant”. REALLY

Now ask yourself, in addition to everything else you know, do you want Erie County Liberals and Lawyers to put Coughlin on the bench in OUR county? Besides the buffalo fundraiser as mentioned above, here’s Coughlin’s up to date campaign finance details:

3 donations out of Chaut County for total $825, plus his own donation of $15,300. The rest of the $28,060 raised comes by way of 65 donations out of Erie County!

So Coughlin is running for Chaut Co Court Judge with approx $800 from Chaut Co and approx $12,000 from Erie County. WOW

source NYS Board of Elections disclosures

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From: Patriot Cc

Subject: Chuck Cornell re: the Working Families Party, SEIU and ACORN

Sent: Saturday, October 31, 2009 10:50 PM

Chuck Cornell—the Working Families Party, SEIU and ACORN—keep them out of Chautauqua County government!The most terrifying revelation that is truly beyond anything a resident of Chautauqua County could imagine is happening RIGHT NOW!  Chuck Cornell, a self-admitted Progressive (Liberal) who brags about being a “politician” is trying to get elected to the highest elected office in the County–County Executive.He is connected to ACORN through his association with two major ACORN affiliates—knowingly seeking and taking the Working Families Party nomination on the ballot this Tuesday, and his taking a major contribution to his campaign from SEIU.  (He and his wife Lori, who is also running at the same time for a legislative seat and is also endorsed by WFP, have only held political appointee jobs, continually living off our tax dollars.)

Well it is time to stop them!  His connections to the Working Families Party, SEIU, and ACORN are spelled out below.  He cannot say that he doesn’t know what SEIU, the WFP, and ACORN are since he has repeatedly stated, “I am a politician and proud of it”.  His whole life has been dedicated to partisan politics.

Vicious political groups from NY City–the Working Families Party, SEIU and ACORN–that are ruining NY State, cannot be allowed to buy their way into Chautauqua County by buying Chuck Cornell.

There are 5 items listed below that MUST be read to understand the dangerous future he has planned for us.  The first is an excerpt from an article taken from Capital Research Center; the second is from Cornell’s official NYS campaign filings, which he had to file; the third is the addresses of the shared WFP and ACORN facility in Brooklyn; the fourth is a recent article in the New York Post verifying the shared facilities.

  1. 1.    The Politico Gets Played By ACORNSeptember 29th, 2009 by Matthew VadumUnderstanding ACORN’s family tree takes time and a great deal of perseverance but after studying ACORN intensively for more than a year, I think I have a handle on how it works.The part relevant to our story here today goes like this:

    *The Working Families Party of New York is an affiliate of both ACORN and SEIU Local 1199, according to current ACORN chief organizer Bertha Lewis and her protégé Patrick Gaspard.

    In other words, the Working Families Party is ACORN. There may be fine legal distinctions, they may file disclosure documents with different government agencies, but they are one in the same. I’ve been saying this for the past year and it’s gratifying that people are finally listening.


    2.    This is from the official NYS campaign contribution listing, which is a public record.  Mr. Cornell cannot talk his way out of this, since he did the filing.

    C22629 – NYS Board of Elections records – Friends Of Chuck Cornell  – Contributions received: 1199 SEIU NYS POLITICAL ACTION FUND, NEW YORK, NY 10108, $2500, Sept 18, 2009;  

    3.    The national scandals surrounding the left-wing activist organization ACORN have spread to New York, with employees at its Brooklyn office caught on video helping a prostitute and a pimp get loans for their dream houses of ill repute. These famous videos can be seen on YouTube.

    ACORN has their offices with the Working Families Party in Brooklyn.  Their addresses are below with the links to their websites confirming the addresses.

    Brooklyn ACORN

    2-4 Nevins Street

    2nd Floor

    Brooklyn, NY 11217


    Working Families Party

    2 Nevins Street, 3rd Floor

    Brooklyn, NY 11217


    4.    There is also a story below that was in the New York Post last week–10/27/2009.


    New York Post 10/27/2009
    A new lawsuit against the Working Families Party also hits another target — the      scandal-tarnished group ACORN, which shares office space with the party.


                Pointing to a string of probes that ACORN is facing and news reports about the      two groups sharing a Nevins Street address in Brooklyn, the suit seeks to flush out the overlap.


                Critics of the two groups have long complained they work hand in glove — and       have found compelling evidence in Brooklyn.


                “Another organization that helped found and remains closely [allied] with the          WFP is the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, commonly          known as ACORN,” reads a petition filed in the case, charging that “ACORN not      only shares office space with the WFP . . . but Bertha Lewis, the executive            director of New York ACORN, is also a state co-chair of the WFP.”


                The suit goes on to say the WFP “has remained closely” tethered to the group.


                The court papers cite an exclusive Post story about hidden cameras at the Nevins Street offices capturing ACORN workers counseling a couple posing as a   prostitute and pimp on how to buy a home and keep authorities from catching on.


    During the County Executive debate held on radio station WJTN Cornell was asked by a caller if he would denounce the Working Families Party line and return his large SEIU campaign contribution of $2500 to the activist union to demonstrate that he would disavow both organizations.  He would do neither, basically ignoring the question by instead giving a rambling speech about how he strongly supports working families (note the lower case), which most intelligent people would.  He talked over the question and never addressed the Working Families Party or SEIU demonstrating once again his masterful job at constructing a half-truth.


    PLEASE share this information with everyone you know before they cast their vote Tuesday. 

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“An informed citizenry is the bulwark of a democracy..” – Thomas Jefferson

“Candidates know that when they’re on our line, they’re committed to certain things,” explains NYC ACORN – Bertha Lewis, who moonlights as Working Families Party (WFP) co-chair.

“The [Working Families Party] was created in 1998 to help push the Democratic Party toward the left,” noted the Associated Press on March 28, 2000.  How does this impact our county you ask? Keep reading.

WFP Endorsed (interviewed) candidates given the  “Seal of Approval” as of June 12, 2009 for Western New York:  

Chuck F. Cornell County Executive, Chautauqua County Keith D. Ahlstrom County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 1, Shaun P. Heenan County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 2 David T. Wilder County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 4 Rebecca E. White County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 6 Leon H. Beightol County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 7 Michael S. Dye County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 9 Patrick A. Tyler County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 10 Lori B. Cornell County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 12 Maria M. Kindberg County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 15 Chuck Nazzaro County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 16 Rudy J. Mueller County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 18 Roberta (Bobbie) A. Caswell County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 19 C. Ronald Vahl Sr. County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 21 Thomas S. DeJoe County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 23 David F. Kleparek County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 24.

Also of note: Linda L. Witte, Mayoral candidate, Olean (former WFP Ny Assembly candidate).  Timothy M. Kennedy County Legislator, Erie County, District 2. (Both of whom have given monies to Cornell for Executive)

C22629 – NYS Board of Elections records – Friends Of Chuck Cornell  – Contributions received:                               1199 SEIU NYS POLITICAL ACTION FUND,  NEW YORK, NY 10108, $2500, Sept 18, 2009;  EMPIRE STATE REGIONAL COUNCIL CARPENTERS PAC, HAUPPAUGE, NY 11788, $2000, Aug 24, 2009; FRIENDS OF TIM KENNEDY, Buffalo, NY 14220, $250, Sept 29, 2009; LINDA L WITTE, OLEAN, NY 14760, $100, Jul 31, 2009; COMMITTEE TO REELECT ODONNELL, GETZVILLE, NY 14068, $200, Jul  1, 2009; HIGGINS FOR CONGRESS (WFP/Labor  PAC candidate and receipient of funding), BUFFALO, NY 14220, $1000, Sept 29, 2009; William PARMENT (another receipient of WFP/labor PAC funding), Ashville, NY 14710, $200, Jul 1/Sept 29, 2009;

C20704 – NYS Board of Elections records – Friends Of Lori Cornell – Contributions Received:                                   During Period 2009 – Total $125.  Expenditures reported – $0.    (If Mrs Cornell is running a campaign independant of her husband’s, does this make sense?)

NYS Board of Elections records show over a period of the last several years, including 2009 – $100, 000’s being transferred between ACORN, SEIU, & WFP, New York, NY.            Research this for yourself – http://www.elections.state.ny.us/DisclosureReports.html

A couple of claims of success direct from WFP. Wfp line provided margin of victory in three upstate races: Brian Higgins for U.S. Congress.  Wfp’s Take Back Congress targets vulnerable Congressmembers in New York. Three of our four priority candidates including Kirsten Gillibrand (NY-20) seats and joined the new majority. The WFP of NY expanded into Connecticut in 2004, and promises that it will continue to set up shop in all ten states where “fusion voting” – that is, cross-endorsement of candidates by multiple parties – is still legal.

Opt-Ed Published in the Hartford Courant Oct 14, 2009 – You’re living in a dream world. Union members are good, but leadership is terrible. As a member of a union, I can’t stand what they do with my dues, such as giving millions to NARAL and GLAAD. 97% of all my union’s political donations since 1993 have been to the Democratic Party. And now the SEIU, ACORN, and the Working Families Party have targeted my hometown (New Britain) for their takeover and power struggle. Meanwhile, half of our city Democrats (old-school Truman and JFK Dems) are joining forces with the Republicans to form a bipartisan coalition to force these hacks out of town. This is an example of what unions do, and it’s not just that they have an agenda, it’s that their agenda is hidden, and that’s because they know that nobody in their right minds would ever accept it.

Richard Poe of Discover the Networks reports, “In pursuit of this goal, WFP runs radical candidates in state and local elections. Generally, WFP candidates conceal their extremism beneath a veneer of populist rhetoric, designed to appeal to union workers and other blue-collar voters.”

Roger Stone, a veteran of eight national Republican Presidential campaigns, reports- “The Working Families Party is not about working people or families and it isn’t really a party. Make no mistake about it – the so called Working Families Party, a Party with no County chairman or County committees, a Party with no unpaid workers and an army of paid canvassers, is merely a front for ACORN. They share the same office and addresses. ACORN Executive Director Bertha Lewis is the Co-Chair and de-facto boss of the well heeled little Party that Labor pours in millions to leverage the Democratic Party to the Left. More importantly, the Working Families Party is a criminal enterprise utilizing a for-profit political consulting firm, DFS to skirt New York City election laws regarding public finance and campaign spending limits. Former Philadelphia U.S. Attorney, David Marston has written an excellent article on why ACORN is involved in racketeering and why they should be prosecuted under the RICO statutes. If and when that happens, it will include not only ACORN, but the WFP, SEIU, and others as well. At the same time a scandal started to unravel in an upstate New York county where for the first time ACORN is under the scrutiny of a District Attorney who is not a Democrat cross-endorsed by the WFP. An upstate judge in Rensselaer County appointed a Special Prosecutor to look into WFP related absentee ballot fraud in a county election. Now the Working Families Party will be investigated in a county where the District Attorney is not a Democrat and can’t be pressured with the threat of loss of WFP endorsement or, as the WFP did in Albany County, intervention in the Democratic Party primary to replace an unfriendly DA. Dislodging the WFP in the Empire State will be a long and difficult fight, but ultimately the “Party’s” scamming of the State’s campaign finance laws will be prosecuted in a county with an unbiased prosecutor.” 

John Wilson wrote in the NY Post in March 2009 that the WFP (Working Families Party) is an Octopus of Shady Power behind NY’s huge tax hike. “The new state budget deal is a high way robbery of New York taxpayers and the Working Families Party is driving the getaway car. The WFP — a decade-old joint venture of Big Labor and the radical “community organizers” of ACORN — has leveraged a multi-tentacled, financially opaque structure to become a key power player in both the city and Albany.” “How opaque? It’s even set up a for-profit corporation that hides its campaign expenditures from public view, in apparent contravention of state election law. The Working Families Party, in short, is not a political party in any normal sense. It’s a complex tool for well-funded special interests looking to raid the public treasury.” “Consider, – union control is practically written into the WFP’s bylaws. Unions hold all but a handful of the 38 seats on the WFP’s Advisory Board, which party Executive Director Dan Cantor says is responsible for determining the party’s stances.” “Big Labor is also the party’s chief source of cash: The WFP pretends to rely mainly on small-dollar donations from “working families,” but last year, more than half its funding — $1 million-plus — came from powerful unions, many of which emerged unscathed from the budget process.  (Most of the rest was from Democratic politicians; more on that later.)” “Leading the donor pack was the potent SEIU Local 1199, with more than $300,000 — followed by the teachers unions, with $200,000. And ACORN — itself a major recipient of union cash — has tremendous overlap with the WFP. The two share two Brooklyn office spaces, plus senior leadership. 

Carol D. Leonnig a Washington Post Staff Writer along with Staff writer Anne E. Kornblut and research editor Alice Crites reported on October 6, 2009 of SEIU and Its ACORN Connections.  

By the late 1990s, ACORN had sunk its tentacles deep into New York City’s housing, school and social services bureaucracies. Now it was ready to make an even bigger power play. New York State would become a testing ground for an innovative strategy, whereby ACORN would seek political power directly through the ballot box. Led by New York ACORN director Steven Kest, a coalition of unions and ACORN activists launched the Working Families Party

Of WFP events, most notable was the party’s debut convention, March 26-27, 2000 at the Desmond Hotel in Albany – an event which the Communist newspaper People’s Weekly World approvingly called, “a turning point in New York politics.”  Before an audience packed with card-carrying members from WFP union affiliates SEIU, AFSCME, CWA, UAW, UNITE, and more.

“In the electoral coup that followed, thirty-eight new members took their seats in the City Council, giving the newcomers a veto-proof majority.” As Steven Malanga notes in the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal, “Almost a third of the winners ran with endorsements from the extremist Working Families Party… More than 60 percent of the new councilmen had backgrounds in government, social services, or community activism…” The newcomers included Al Gore’s New York campaign manager Eric Gioia, along with incendiaries such as Brooklyn Democrat Charles Barron, a former Black Panther.

The New York City Council’s ACORN-led coalition has set to work turning the Big Apple into a socialist mini-state. Its platform calls for a rollback of welfare reforms… If ACORN and its allies get their way, they will see a raise on corporate taxes, increased regulation, and empowerment of unions with a battery of new rights. They have even pushed for measures whereby corporations will be forbidden by law to escape ACORN’s persecution through relocation. No corporation would be permitted to leave New York City without an “exit visa” issued by the City Council.

In the Gotham Gazette – Campaign 2005, the City Council District 9 race: Rodney Caroll, Democrat is a SEIU union organizer and member of the Association of Black Social Workers, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, and Labor Council for Latin America. He serves on the organizing committee for the Working Families Party Manhattan Chapter. He served as an officer of the Neighborhood Advisory Board #10 of Community Development.

In the 2004 election cycle, a new and unsettling force entered New York politics: billionaire kingmaker and currency raider George Soros. Soros and his two eldest sons waded aggressively into state and local politics in 2004. The Working Families Party has cooperated closely with Soros in his intrigues. The New York Sun reported that it bodes ill for New York that the new “Sheriff of Albany” owes his election to corrupt and illegal financing by George Soros and the Working Families Party. Why the sudden interest in state and local politics on the part of leftist activists such as Soros and ACORN? An 2004 article by Jim Holt in The New York Times Magazine called on leftists to take a new look at states’ rights. “The more conservatives succeed in reducing the size and scope of the federal government, the more the blue states will have to pursue their own idea of a just society,” writes Holt.

The left is seeking secure perches in state houses and county seats across the nation, from which it can safely thumb its nose at the federal government. Such a strategy would enable them to radicalize America from the bottom up, seizing power city by city, county by county and state by state, in a relentless, political ground war. ACORN and its Working Families Party are leading the way in this new movement.

Pam Gellar wrote –  “ACORN, SEIU: Democrat Racketeering Tools” October 20, 2009  in which she stated: “The Democrats are a racketeering organization using their proxies like the Left wing Working Families Party (how ironic), ACORN, and community organizing organizations to steal elections and usurp the will of free men.”

An article by Professor David Walls Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Sonoma State University directly connects founder of ACORN, Wade Rathke to Saul Alinsky, ACORN’s mission of pressuring banks to issue risky mortgages, and the alliance between ACORN and UNIONS. The SDS, the Weather Underground, the New Party. Great Society liberalism had been co-opted by radical Leftists, Marxists, Maoists, and small ‘c’ communists.
The New York Post has analyzed the many shady dealings of the WFP, and its affiliation with ACORN.

Not the Times Union though regarding the voter fraud in Troy, NY.  Yet a simple review demonstrates that fraudulent ballot allegations were orchestrated by a higher entity – namely, ACORN.  One of the key components in the story, Karen Scharff, shows a direct link to the organization itself.

Scharff, according to the article, is co-chair of the Capital District WFP.  A little further digging reveals so much more… Scharff has been involved in health care meetings coordinated by her group, Citizen Action, and ACORN. A picture of one such event appears on the Times Union blog. Her name appears on a letter of support for ACORN, in which criticism of their work is labeled as ‘mainly partisan’ attacks.

An article regarding the power of fusion politics, a tactic used by the WFP, shows Scharff’s activism in the election of Albany District Attorney, David Soares. The article covers the tandem work of the WFP and Citizen Action, along with the strong ties that the WFP has with ACORN. One key element here is the mention of Bertha Lewis who is described as ‘the executive director of ACORN’s New York City chapter’. Lewis also serves as co-chair for the WFP.

Another article celebrating the Soares victory appears in the Nation, in which Scharff’s WFP work is mentioned alongside the work of Dan Cantor. Cantor also serves as Executive Director for the WFP, and was national organizer for the ‘New Party’ in the ‘90s, a socialist group with strong ties to ACORN. In fact, the New Ground described the New Party’s ‘biggest asset and biggest liability’ as ACORN.

Scharff serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Working Families, alongside Jon Kest, Director of the New York Association of Community Organization for Reform Now.

Further research shows that the aforementioned names are constantly intertwined amongst various resources.

It is important to recognize that ACORN’s corrupt little arms have branched out everywhere.  Examples of such aren’t always as blatant as what we have seen recently in the media.  They control many other aspects, all the way down to the local level.  And it is just as important to hold the local media accountable for connecting the dots of corruption, rather than simply, as can be paraphrased from the Times Union response, ‘nothing that we’re aware of yet’.

Make yourself aware – the media, as you know, simply won’t do the work for you.

Michael J. Gaynor  – “One thing that journalists don’t seem to get about ACORN is that it is a strange, complex creature with tentacles that reach into the highest levels of the United States government, the Democratic Party, corporate America, the labor movement, the nonprofit world, the media, foreign governments, and academia.

“ACORN has a confusing structure and its network of who-knows-how-many taxpayer-funded tax-exempt nonprofit affiliates. As I’ve written ad nause[u]m, this is deliberate.”

“ACORN has been engaged in a campaign of deception about its SEIU affiliates, Local 100 headed by ACORN founder Wade Rathke and Local 880 headed by ACORN bigwig Keith Kelleher who happens to the husband of Madeline Talbott. Talbott, you may recall, is a radical agitator whose close personal ties to President Obama are extensively documented. Here’s just one tidbit from National Review Online.

“ACORN scrubbed its website of references to SEIU 100 and 880 earlier this year. Why would ACORN do that?”

Michael J. Gaynor, has been practicing law in New York for more than thirty years. A member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, he is now a solo practitioner and admitted to practice in the New York State courts, the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Michelle Malkin goes on to discuss another inextricably linked ACORN and WFP affiliate: Big Labor, specifically the SEIU. “The Service Employees International Union is co-located with several key ACORN offices across the country. ACORN founder Wade Rathke founded influential SEIU Local 100. As John Wilson reported in the New York Post this spring, the WFP’s largest donors are the SEIU, which pitched in more than $300,000, and the teachers union, which donated $200,000. These organizations have worked together to increase left-wing political clout, undermine capitalism and ensure “social justice” on the public’s dime.

It should be no surprise that this collaboration supports the federal “card-check” legislation that would massively boost union rolls — and Democratic voting rolls — at the expense of rank-and-file workers’ free choice. And for that matter, at the expense of Republican electoral prospects. Card check is the key to a Democratic majority in perpetuity. Big Labor bosses have said as much.”

Jedediah Bila reported on Human Events Sept, 2009 of ACORN and The Working Families Party: another Connection. The mere mention of ACORN rightfully sends distasteful chills up and down the spines of informed voters, particularly in light of recently released videos of ACORN employees advising undercover activists on the most efficient means to acquire a loan to operate a brothel, trick the IRS, and conceal a prostitution ring composed of adolescent (illegal) immigrant girls. While it is well past due for ACORN’s scandalous anatomy and agenda to be fully revealed, many close relatives of the radical entity remain comfortably concealed behind a deceptive grassroots, progressive façade whose crafty mission statements are clearly designed to charm struggling middle-class workers.

The National Legal Policy Center in a Oct 1, 2009 piece discusses how with each passing week, the shadowy radical political network ACORN is being dragged into the sunlight, and describes this organization along with it front groups such as the SEIU as a virtual corruption machine of the Democratic Party Left.  

ACORN has been implicated in a host of illegal schemes ranging from voter registration fraud to embezzlement to tax evasion and now the latest video sting of ACORN employees advising undercover activists on the most efficient means to acquire a fraudulent loan to operate a brothel, trick the IRS, and conceal a prostitution ring composed of adolescent (illegal) immigrant girls.

Patrick Gaspard served as a New Party (former Democratic Socialists of America) organizer, would continue his work for its successor group, the Working Families Party, was ACORN New York’s political director alongside ACORN boss and WFP Co-Chair Bertha Lewis, was 1199’s (SEIU) former political director and former VP, has a lengthy resume as a Democratic Party operative, and is now working in the White House. Lewis moved up in ACORN to replace founder Wade Rathke, who resigned due to an embezzlement scandal. Rathke also founded and is still chief organizer for the New Orleans-based SEIU.

… As of 2006, the executive director of the WFP is Dan Cantor. The party’s Co-Chairs are Sam Williams, UAW Region 9 CAP director, Western Ny Region contact and WFP Co-chair; Bertha Lewis, ACORN’s executive director; and Bob Master of the Communications Workers of America. The WFP also has a powerful alliance with Dennis Rivera who is widely considered 1199/SEIU’s enforcer. The intensely activist union is known to contribute more than $100,000 a year of the party’s $1.4 million annual budget.


Former New Leftist Stern is President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the largest union in the AFL-CIO who was instructed in radical union organizing techniques by the Midwest Academy formed by Paul and Heather Booth. He’s also a member of the Executive Committee of the Democratic Party auxiliary America Coming Together (ACT), a Shadow Party constituent group, which is funded by George Soros. The economic model championed by Stern and SEIU includes universal health care, increased taxation, expansion of social welfare programs, and further opportunities for workers to unionize. According to Ryan Lizza, Associate Editor of The New Republic, SEIU leaders such as Stern are radical and socialist.”

Michelle Malkin, Sept 2009, reports on Stern’s operating philosophy: “[W]e prefer to use the power of persuasion, but if that doesn’t work we use the persuasion of power.”

While Stern assails “greedy CEOS,” he grooms his own team of labor management thieves.

Excerpted from Culture of Corruption, “Chapter 7: SEIU – Look for the union label”

two weeks before Stern and company gathered Denver to celebrate Obama’s coronation, the LA Times published an explosive investigative series about the SEIU, Although the series got surprisingly little attention from national news organizations, L.A. Times reporters exposed how one of Stern’s top protégés Tyrone Freeman “shared in the wealth” – by siphoning off hundreds of thousands of dollars in dues money for personal enrichment and pleasure. Moreover, the paper alleged, Stern helped cover up the scandal.

The New York Times reported August 27, 2009 that SEIU’s own enforcer Dennis Rivera has been brought in to rescue universal health care. Steven Greenhouse writes that after two years in absentia, Rivera, “New York’s mightiest labor leader, running a union of 300,000 health care workers that often bent Albany to its will as it scared — and angered — governors, Democratic and Republican, has “emerged as a central player.” Who picked Rivera for the job — none other than SEIU president and former SDSer Andy Stern who said his union picked Mr. Rivera to oversee its health care campaign because “we need our own General Petraeus to win this war.”

National Review columnist Stanley Kurtz notes, “We are talking about a persistent and shared political alliance between the complex of community, labor, and party organizations controlled by ACORN.” That may be another way of saying that if ACORN is a criminal operation, then crime pays politically as well as economically.

On CNN’s Lou Dobbs program, reporter Bill Tucker explored the relationships between New York politicians who earmark tax money for ACORN front groups, and the subsequent campaign help they receive from ACORN.

National Legal Policy Center President Peter Flaherty notes that ACORN is under investigation for voter registration fraud but “the deeper scandal” is ACORN finances. The coordination between ACORN and the Census, since severed, was revealed as a result of a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the relentless investigator Tegan Millspaw of Judicial Watch.

The Wall Street Journal: The hollowed out city as “luxury product”—as Mr. Bloomberg once described his vision for a New York in which the wealthy subsidize the city’s work force—is unsustainable because Wall Street’s decline has coincided with the rise of the city’s public-sector unions as the dominant force in local politics. With Albany crippled, and the city’s Democratic Party atrophied by 16 years of backbiting while trying to wait out Mayors Giuliani and Bloomberg, unions have filled the vacuum with a political party of their own: the Working Families Party (WFP).

The WFP’s candidates for comptroller and public advocate (the other two city-wide positions) won easy victories in record-low turnout Democratic primaries, immediately becoming front-runners in the 2013 mayoral contest. The WFP, a party with less than 15,000 voters, has effectively taken control of the city’s three-million strong Democratic Party. The WFP represents the public-sector workers who have been protected in the downturn. And their agenda—higher taxes, a stock transfer tax that would impose a levy on the sale of corporate offerings, paid sick leave for all, free tuition to the city’s public universities, and of course higher wages and benefits for public-sector workers—can only strangle a recovery.

The WFP lists the New York chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America as an affiliate on the last page of their 2004 annual report along with: ACORN, SEIU, UAW, and many other Public and Private union locals. Aside from Brooklyn they list chapters only regionally to include the Western NY chapter who’s contact is Co-Chair Sam Williams, UAW Region 9 director. Their Brooklyn headquarters is the shared headquarters of ACORN and the SEIU as well.

The 2005 WFP Spring Fling with Special Guest and longtime supporter former US Senator John Edwards was held at the SEIU Conference Center in NYC.

Back in 2006 Elizabeth Benjamin reported on SEIU’s Largesse. SEIU/Local 1199’s state political action committee doled out $728,270 over the past six months, which is quite a lot more than the $118,855 it reported spending in its January filing. This was Democrat AG frontrunner Andrew Cuomo’s biggest campaign weapon having received a number of contributions in that cycle that clearly benefitted him politically. Sizable money went to three NYC county Democratic organizations that were all integral to pushing Cuomo to 66.6 percent of the weight vote at the party’s state convention and keeping his opposition off the ballot. One interesting contribution was $25,000 to Riverkeeper, where Cuomo’s ex-brother-in-law, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., is the chief attorney. Other big SEIU/1199 PAC contributions include: $50,000 to Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. $20,000 to ACORN (whose executive director, Bertha Lewis, also co-chairs the Working Families Party, which endorsed Cuomo), and $10,000 to the Drum Major Institute which has an SEIU/1199 connection – Jennifer Cunningham, the union’s vice president and a key Cuomo adviser, sits on its’ board

Excerpts from “Hard Facts on Soft Money in New York State” – A Common Cause/NY Report

August 2006. Endorsed By:

The League of Women Voters of NYS

The New York Public Interest Research Group

The Women’s City Club

Top contributions raised by the top party committees are given by a “who’s who” list of New York’s political players. These contributors include: Greater New York Hospital Association Management Corp, 1199 Service Employees International Union NYS PAC, Vote Cope/NYS United Teachers & more.


Contributor Amount

1199 SEIU NYS PAC $150,000

VOTE COPE / NYSUT $203,500


Contributor Amount


1199 SEIU $250,000


BTA (Bronxville Teachers Association) NEWS March 9, 2009

Rally for New York. Last Thursday, Jeff Zuckerman and I joined our union brothers and sisters from all over the State in demonstrations in favor of a Fair Share tax plan in New York State. The rally we attended in White Plains was one of 8 such rallies in New York State. Others were held in New York City, Long Island, Buffalo, Albany, Syracuse and elsewhere. We, and other NYSUT members, were joined by representatives of the Working Families Party, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, 1199 SEIU, among others.


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