Mac Slams Obama on Ties to ACORN

GOP says senator represented group as a lawyer in 1990s
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 11, 2008 7:33 PM CDT
An investigator enters the ACORN office in Las Vegas, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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(Newser) – The GOP launched a new attack on Barack Obama yesterday, linking him to a community-based group accused this week of voter fraud. A new video from John McCain's camp claims that Obama went to bat for ACORN as a lawyer in the 1990s and once worked there as a community organizer. “Obama’s affiliation with this group raises serious questions about his judgment and ability to lead this nation,” McCain's campaign said in a statement.

But the GOP's animosity toward ACORN is nothing new, Politico reports: It dates back to the 1984 Republican convention in Dallas, and includes several indictments by the Bush administration against ACORN's voter registration practices. In its defense, ACORN said it has never been convicted of voter fraud and has cooperated with "convictions against individual former ACORN workers."