Has Obama favorite Andy Stern’s union really cut its ties with ACORN? In the case of Dale Rathke, who could blame it?
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Current ACORN chief organizer Bertha Lewis yesterday denied the figure was $5 million. Lewis is scheduled to speak at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., this morning. Sources within ACORN I trust also say the $5 million figure is wildly inaccurate.
Liz Wolf, also referred to in the subpoena, works for Citizens Consulting Inc. (CCI), the shadowy financial nerve center of the ACORN network. Wolf has been negotiating with tax collectors on behalf of ACORN to have interest on its tax debts waived and to have some of the debts partially forgiven.
SEIU spokeswoman Ringuette said rumors about the ACORN embezzler Dale Rathke, who is the brother of ACORN founder Wade Rathke, working for SEIU are untrue. “Dale Rathke does not work for SEIU or any of its affiliates,” she said.
Dale blew much of the money he stole on luxury items, the New York Post has reported. Wade Rathke, Lewis, and other senior ACORN officials are said to have covered up the embezzlement for years. The Rathke family repaid about one-quarter of the stolen money and Drummond Pike, founder of the left-wing Tides Foundation, covered the rest out of his own pocket when the embezzlement came to light last year. Like SEIU’s Burger, Pike is an officer of the Democracy Alliance.
ACORN national board members Marcel Reid, Karen Inman, and others were expelled from ACORN by Lewis for asking too many questions about the embezzlement after the board appointed them to a special investigative committee that was supposed to get answers about the incident. After leaving, Reid and Inman co-founded the reform group ‘ACORN 8.’
In the annals of the ACORN
scandal, it must feel like a good day when a key former ally can
distance itself from ACORN and at the same time claim it never
had any ties with one of its more notorious
Who knows what tomorrow will bring? It’s clear that a serious public inquiry into the ACORN network is only just beginning.
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