King and Pierce County prosecutors filed felony charges today against seven people who allegedly committed the biggest voter-registration fraud in state history.
The defendants, who were paid employees and supervisors of ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, concocted the scheme as an easy way to get paid, not as an attempt to influence the outcome of elections, King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg said.
“This was an act of vandalism upon the voter rolls of King County,” Satterberg said.
In addition to filing criminal charges, Satterberg said state and local officials had signed a five-year agreement with ACORN that requires the organization to beef up its training and procedures for detecting and reporting fraud.
ACORN agreed to pay King County $25,000 for its investigative costs and acknowledged that the national organization could be subject to criminal prosecution if fraud occurs again.
“Ladies and gentlemen, this is the worst case of voter-registration fraud in the history of the state of Washington. There has been nothing comparable to this,” state Secretary of State Sam Reed said at a news conference with Satterberg, King County Executive Ron Sims and Acting U.S. Attorney Jeff Sullivan.
I wonder what Senator Hillary Clinton, who prides herself on standing strong against voter fraud – even if it is in front of a national ACORN convention – has to say about this? And John Edwards, who is a friend of ACORN’s, as well? They’re probably too ‘saddened’ by it to comment … not.
Jim Geraghty asks:
At what point does this group stop getting the benefit of the doubt?
Right about the time that they start affiliating heavily with Republicans would be my guess.