Former ACORN Worker Takes Plea Deal for Vote Fraud

-By Warner Todd Huston

Just prior to the election we discovered that in the state of Nevada the former chief of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now’s (ACORN) affiliated Project Vote organization was under indictment for voter fraud. This week we learn that Amy Busefink has coped a plea deal on charges of illegally paying “bonus” payments to workers registering voters during the 2008 election.

Busefink entered a plea on two gross misdemeanor counts of conspiracy to commit the crime of compensating people for registering voters and faced 13 felony counts for the same. The fact that Busefink accepted this plea deal means that she as much as admitted that the state had the evidence to convict her.

Busefink will soon be sentenced.

Judge Donald Mosley is scheduled to sentence Busefink on Jan. 10. She probably will receive a $1,000 fine and up to 200 hours of community service, Stolworthy said. She faces a maximum of up to two years in jail and a $4,000 fine, according to Edie Cartwright, a spokeswoman for the state attorney general.

Naturally ACORN is pointing fingers at everyone else claiming that shadowy conservative groups are out to get Busefink. ACORN is also claiming that the charges against Busefink were specious. One wonders why the plea deal was so readily accepted if the charges were so absurd, of course.

This whole situation is just one more ice crystal in an avalanche of evidence tying ACORN to vote fraud and other illegal activities. It’s no wonder that ACORN has developed such a bad reputation. It’s also no wonder that skittish Congressmen have cut off federal funding for ACORN.

But that funding has not been permanently cut off. It can be restored at any time the Democrats get enough support to do so. On top of that ACORN is currently attempting to reinvent itself under a series of other names in order to escape its creditors.

ACORN has other troubles, too. Government auditors want ACORN to repay $3.2 million in federal funds meant to have been used for lead removal services that seem never to have been performed.

The federal funds were paid out to ACORN in 2004 and 2005 and were to be used to remove lead in low-income housing but federal investigators say that the money went to several ACORN affiliates and were used for political campaigns and fundraising instead of the congressionally approved purpose.

It should shock no one that ACORN claims that the government is out the get them and that all charges are false. Imagine that.
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s,, and, as well as,,,, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.

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