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ACORN Astroturf Group Doing GOTV Work in Pennsylvania

By on 10.28.10 | 8:15AM

As I wrote previously, ACORN is not dead.

It's astroturfing for all it's worth.

ACORN's Project Vote subsidiary is working with a "rebranded" Pennsylvania ACORN chapter to push Pennsylvania Democrats to vote in the upcoming congressional elections. Leading Project Vote's effort is ACORN executive Amy Busefink who is under indictment in Nevada for conspiracy to commit voter registration fraud.

The "new" group is called Pennsylvania Neighborhoods for Social Justice (PNSJ). PNSJ, a 501c3 nonprofit educational group, is operating out of ACORN's offices at 846 North Broad Street in Philadelphia.

Longtime ACORN national board member and Philadelphia ACORN president Carol Hemingway is on the board of PNSJ and its sister nonprofit, Pennsylvania Communities Organizing for Change (PCOC). Both nonprofits filed their incorporation documents on Jan. 8, 2010.

Another PNSJ board member is Lucille Prater-Holliday of Pittsburgh. She ran in the 2008 Democratic primary for the 24th legislative district in the state House. Here's a video in which she outlined her policy positions. (The other PNSJ board member is Len Rieser of Philadelphia.)

Both Hemingway and Prater-Holliday are also board members of PCOC, which is a 501c4 advocacy group. The other PCOC board member is Rosa Chacon of Harrisburg.

Better keep an eye on the hotly contested Keystone State.

It's unclear if the results of races there will be outside the margin of ACORN, to borrow John Fund's wonderful expression.

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