Friday, September 25, 2009

ACORN's corporate donors backing off

Citigroup, Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, US Bancorp, Wachovia, Starbucks Foundation, Ben & Jerry's are some of the donors to ACORN. Not all of them are backing off. The list of corporate donors is long... not sure how many are backing off as the article below doesn't list more than a few. For those who'd like to know more about the tentacles ACORN has into our society and business, scan down to the last link I have below. It's from "Discover the Networks" and it's fascinating.

If you saw the video of The Story of Stuff (put out by the Tides Foundation, a friend of ACORN) which trashes corporate America and big business, you might find it rather nuts that they'd have so many ties to that horrible group of nasty capitalists... But then again, ACORN, the Tides Foundation, SEIU make most businesses look like amateurs when it comes to amassing money. Pot and kettle thing, hmmm?

ACORN's corporate donors backing off
By: Kevin Mooney
Commentary Staff Writer
09/25/09 6:36 AM EDT
Corporations that have given ACORN millions of dollars over the years are now cancelling their donations in the wake of videotape revelations of employees of the infamous community organization giving advice on mortgage fraud, tax evasion, prostitution, and child sex slavery.


Grantmaker Year Amount Purpose

Arca Foundation 2006 $10,000

Tides Foundation 2005 $21,875

Barbra Streisand Foundation 2005 $7,500

California Endowment 2002 $248,200

California Wellness Foundation 2002 $200,000

James Irvine Foundation 2002 $105,000

Rosenberg Foundation 2002 $50,000

Meyer Memorial Trust 2002 $35,000

Minneapolis Foundation 2002 $25,000

New York Community Trust 2002 $11,000

James Irvine Foundation 2001 $450,000

Annie E. Casey Foundation 2001 $60,000

Rosenberg Foundation 2001 $55,000

Public Welfare Foundation 2001 $45,000

New York Community Trust 2001 $40,000

Open Society Institute 2001 $25,000

Annie E. Casey Foundation 2001 $20,000

Evelyn & Walter Jr. Haas Fund 2001 $20,000

New York Community Trust 2001 $13,600

Prince Charitable Trusts 2001 $10,000

Annie E. Casey Foundation 2000 $65,000

Edna McConnell Clark Foundation 2000 $60,000

Rosenberg Foundation 2000 $50,000

Surdna Foundation 2000 $50,000

Annie E. Casey Foundation 2000 $45,000

New York Community Trust 2000 $45,000

Richard & Rhoda Goldman Fund 2000 $25,000

Annie E. Casey Foundation 2000 $20,000

Evelyn & Walter Jr. Haas Fund 2000 $20,000

Public Welfare Foundation 2000 $20,000

San Francisco Foundation 2000 $20,000

James Irvine Foundation 1999 $150,000

California Wellness Foundation 1999 $100,000

Public Welfare Foundation 1999 $90,000

Rosenberg Foundation 1999 $50,000

Annie E. Casey Foundation 1999 $30,000

Public Welfare Foundation 1999 $30,000

Annie E. Casey Foundation 1999 $25,000

Albert A. List Foundation 1999 $25,000

Saint Paul Foundation 1999 $25,000

Public Welfare Foundation 1999 $20,000

Evelyn & Walter Jr. Haas Fund 1999 $15,000

Scherman Foundation 1999 $15,000

Boston Foundation 1999 $12,500

Boston Foundation 1999 $12,500

Saint Paul Foundation 1998 $10,000

Bell Atlantic Foundation 1998 $5,000

BankBoston Charitable Foundation 1996 $50,000

J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation (formerly Chase Manhattan Foundation) 1995 $40,000

BankAmerica Foundation 1994 $115,000

BankBoston Charitable Foundation 1994 $23,000

Here's a bit from Discover the Networks:

In addition to membership fees and government grants, ACORN (and its partner group the ACORN Institute) also have received large donations from a number of charitable foundations, including but not limited to the Annie E. Casey Foundation; the Minneapolis Foundation; the Open Society Institute; the Public Welfare Foundation; the Surdna Foundation; the Woods Fund of Chicago; the Scherman Foundation; the Ben and Jerry's Foundation; the Marguerite Casey Foundation; the Robin Hood Foundation; the Beldon Fund; the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation; the Haymarket People’s Fund; the Streisand Foundation; the Union Bank of California Foundation; the Provident Bank Foundation; the JP Morgan Chase Foundation; the Bank of America Charitable Foundation; the US Bancorp Foundation; the PNC Foundation; the Wachovia Foundation; the Roseanne [Barr] Foundation; the Carnegie Corporation of New York; the Lear Family Foundation; the Starbucks Foundation; the Arca Foundation; the Tides Foundation; the Evelyn & Walter Haas Jr. Trust; the Needmor Fund; the Citigroup Foundation; and the Democracy Alliance.

Between 2005 and 2008, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) contributed $7.4 million to ACORN’s national organization, state chapters and allied groups. SEIU’s single largest donation of $1.5 million went to the ACORN Community Labor Organizing Center in 2006; the union also made a $1.3 million donation to ACORN International in 2005. Other leading contributors to ACORN in recent years have been the United Food and Commercial Workers, the Longshore and Warehouse Union, the Communication Workers of America, and the National Education Association.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Boehner Responds to the President’s Remarks on Climate Change

GOP Leader: “Middle-class families and small businesses are struggling, and they shouldn’t be punished with costly legislation that will increase electricity bills, raise gasoline prices, and ship more American jobs overseas to places like China and India.”

Earlier today, President Obama spoke to a United Nations “Climate Change Summit.” House Republican Leader John Boehner made the following comment in response:

“Yesterday, President Obama’s Energy Secretary compared the American people to ‘teenage kids’ when it comes to energy policy. Earlier today, the President addressed a United Nations ‘Climate Change Summit’ in New York and touted a variation on the Democrats’ national energy tax – legislation that, according to the Administration’s own estimates, will cost families an average of $1,700 a year in higher costs. Out-of-touch Washington Democrats don’t seem to get it. Middle-class families and small businesses are struggling, and they shouldn’t be punished with costly legislation that will increase electricity bills, raise gasoline prices, and ship more American jobs overseas to places like China and India.

“There is a better solution. Republicans’ ‘all of the above’ strategy is the fastest route to a cleaner, more reliable energy future. Our legislation – the American Energy Act – will clean up the environment, lower energy costs, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and create a millions of good-paying, new American jobs. That’s change we can truly believe in.”

NOTE: Last week, CBS News and other media outlets reported that a private analysis prepared by the Obama Administration’s Treasury Department estimates that the cap-and-trade national energy tax will result in an average $1,761 in increased costs for American families.

Let Employers Set Their Own Standards of Behavior and Dress

Efforts to equate being a homosexual or a transvestite with being African American or female, by providing federal civil rights protections for "sexual orientation" and "gender identity," will be promoted on Capitol Hill tomorrow. The House Education and Labor Committee will hold a hearing on H.R. 3017, the "Employment Non-Discrimination Act" (ENDA).

This bill would interfere with private employers' rights to set their own standards for employment to an unprecedented degree, offering protections for a voluntary behavior (unlike those for race or sex) with no foundation in our Constitution (unlike protections for religion). While ENDA is wrong in principle, there's also little need for it.

The state of Oregon saw only 62 complaints in the first 18 months that a similar state law was in effect, which was only 2% of the total number of complaints in all categories. One man who filed a complaint had been fired for cheating on an exam and showing up late for work. One man who is not a homosexual sued based on his "perceived" orientation because colleagues criticized him for wearing earrings. And these were considered some of the stronger cases! ENDA would only invite persecution of Christians who stand up for their beliefs in the workplace. Urge your U.S. Representative to oppose H.R. 3017.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Obama wants the newspapers, too...

Obama - I think I could use a newspaper industry
If you get your news primarily from the typical newspapers and alphabet-soup TV networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, et al) then:
Van Jones must be some kind of NBA center or NFL lineman, just like Johnny Malibu, Truck Johnson, or Tractor Traylor.
The words ACORN, hidden cameras, underage prostitution, and tax cheating are not especially related to each other
Republicans are racists because they oppose health care for poor people.
People who protest are racists.
But that didn't become true until this January.
Democrats could get more done if those 40 Senators and 178 House Republicans would quit blocking everything.
You hear the word teabagger in your dreams, and are unaware of a site called
Honduras overthrew their president in a coup, but Obama is standing up to them.
Hugo Chavez is misunderstood.
All the world's thugs and dictators are now learning to appreciate how warm and fuzzy America is, and at any moment are about to break into Kum-Ba-Ya and will probably wish us Happy Winter Observance around mid-late December.
America sucks, but Obama is changing that by apologizing to everybody, and fixing all the broken stuff like the banking industry, the auto industry, the health industry...and anything else he can get his hands on.
And because you are so well-informed, the government would like to make it so you are always that well-informed.
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Obama going after the Internet???

Obama Plans Internet Grab: FCC to Embrace 'Net Neutrality'

Since the Internet took root as a mass communications phenomenon in the mid 1990s, a quiet war has raged in Washington over the extent to which the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) would regulate the new medium.

Until, now the Internet has been largely self-regulated, and the FCC has taken a hands-off approach.

But that could change dramatically soon if the Obama administration has its way.

It's gotten to the point that I'm scared to turn off the news for fear I'll miss some other area Obama's going after. It is concerning when you put it all together. The man has a plan and he has plenty of cohorts who're working with him to completely, fundamentally ruin our country, although they'll tell you they're making it better. I contend they're making it better for themselves, and their soon-to-be-the-elite friends.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

"I Am a Member of ACORN" -- Is Legislator Blocking Probe?

"I Am a Member of ACORN" -- Is Legislator Blocking Probe?
ACORN is inside the gates.

The American Spectator has learned that a bill introduced in the Pennsylvania legislature to investigate the activities of the controversial Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now -- ACORN -- is stalled in the powerful State Government Committee.
The chairman, State Representative Babette Josephs, a Philadelphia Democrat, is a member of ACORN.
By on 9.18.09 @ 2:12PM

Friday, September 18, 2009

Obama says immigration reform will allow illegal immigrants to become legal, get health care coverage...

Obama: Immigration Reform Will Allow Illegal Immigrants to Become Legal and Get Health Care Coverage
( - President Barack Obama told the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute on Wednesday evening that illegal immigrants would not get government funded health insurance under his health care reform plan, but he also said the debate over that plan underscores the need to legalize illegal immigrants so they can get that coverage.

Government -run healthcare?

Social Security Sent More than $40 Million in Checks to Dead People, Inspector General Finds( – The Social Security Administration has issued benefit checks totaling $40.3 million to an estimated 6,100 beneficiaries for months – and in some cases for decades -- after receiving notification of their deaths, according to a June audit report from the agency’s Office of Inspector General. Approximately 1,760 of the 6,100 listed as deceased actually were dead, the government auditor estimated. The rest were alive, but had been wrongly listed as deceased.


Gives me goosebumps. Just think, these are the same people that could be deciding whether you or someone you love needs to have a test for cancer... or whether you are young enough to be worth the spending money on for a hip replacement or chemo or whatever... Let's hope they don't have some sort of pay up front and get reimbursed system if we do get stuck with government run healthcare.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Senator Baucus Undermines President Obama's Abortion Funding Claim

Today U.S. Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) introduced a detailed summary of his "America's Health Future Act of 2009" that will be marked-up in the Senate Financial Services Committee next week.

The Baucus legislation explicitly includes abortion and would subsidize health plans that cover all elective abortions and moves well beyond the status quo of preventing federal funds from paying for abortion or subsidizing plans that covers abortion as is prevented under current laws governing Medicaid, the Federal Employee Health Benefits Plan and the State Children's Health Insurance Plan. On Friday morning at the Values Voter Summit, this issue will be discussed in greater detail during a congressional panel discussion.

Responding, Tony Perkins said:

"Senator Baucus' new health care bill puts to rest the President's claim that 'abortion is not included' in the Senate health care bill. The Baucus plan includes abortion, pure and simple. Like the Capps abortion amendment in the House bill, the Baucus plan would subsidize health plans that cover elective abortions but with tax credits. The accounting used in the bill is a matter of smoke and mirrors, since elective abortion is authorized for health plans receiving government subsidies.

"The Baucus bill goes even farther by mandating that there be at least one health plan in each region across the country which covers elective abortions. Such a government mandate of abortion-covered plans in each state exchange and subsidizing such plans does little to prevent 'federal funding of abortion' as President Obama said last week. Moreover, the Baucus bill would spend $6 billion to establish health care co-ops and this funding could be used for elective abortion because it is not subject to the Hyde Amendment appropriations provision.

"If President Obama is serious about preventing funding for abortion in health care reform, he should immediately support adoption of Democrat Rep. Bart Stupak's amendment to exclude abortion from all health care reform legislation. Democrat Senator Bob Casey voted for such an amendment in the Senate Health Committee.

"It's time for President Obama to stop the smoke and mirrors on abortion and health care and straightforwardly tell Congress to permanently exclude abortion coverage."

Monday, September 14, 2009

On Beck Today...

My husband and I have changed our whole schedule around just so we can be sure to watch Glenn Beck at 5 p.m. on Fox! May not agree 100% with every single thing, but sure agree our government ain't doing good things right now. Love the energy he's generating across the country. Finally feeling like we're coming together. Go find a tea party group or 9/12 group in your area. Get involved. Make a difference. Don't sit idly by and watch the ruin of our great nation.

Here's what's on Beck today:

9/12 - Media misses the boat again
Wow, what an amazing turn out in Washington DC over the weekend. Hundreds of thousands of regular schlubs like you took time out of their busy lives to head down to Washington and let it be known that they are not happy with the out of control government. Obama's senior advisor, David Axelrod, didn't seem to get the message -- saying he didn't think this represented what America thinks and flatly said 'they are wrong.' Imagine if a crowd like THIS showed up to protest Bush. What do you think David Axelrod would have said then? ( Transcript, Insider Audio)

Know your Czars
Sure, you helped get one of the Czars canned -- but don't gloat, because that wasn't the goal. The goal was to find out what in the world the communist was doing there in the first place. That question was not answered, which is a problem because dozens more Czars still remain. Do you know the name John Holdren? If you do, great -- then pass it on to one of your friends who doesn't. If you don't...WARNING: This guy’s views are so nuts, you may become more crazy just by viewing them. ( Transcript, Insider Audio)

Sunstein Confirmed
Cass Sunstein, Obama's pick for Regulatory Czar, was confirmed in the Senate by a vote of 57-30. How in the world did a guy who thinks that animals should be able to sue human beings in court ever get through the rigorous confirmation process? Glenn answers that question and highlights more of Sunstein's crazy beliefs in the latest Beck Talks video blog.

Kanye at it again
What is with this guy? This complete idiot either has to say something outrageous (GWB hates black people) or be an incredibly rude, egomaniac. Here he shows what a loser he really is, doing something so rude pretty much no human being would ever consider doing. But hey, who are we to question the intelligence behind the genius who penned 'pre-nup is something that you need to have, because when she leave yo butt she gonna leave with half.' After watching this clip, it's hard to imagine why any woman would ever want to 'leave' Kanye's butt. Watch the video here and get Glenn's reaction here. ( Transcript, Insider Audio)

TV Tonight: Another day, another Acorn scandal. Plus, Glenn's reaction to the media coverage of the 9/12 rally in Washington. That's tonight at 5pm only on The Fox News Channel!

Carrie Prejean To Speak At FRC Action Values Voter Summit

Today FRC Action, the legislative lobbying arm of Family Research Council, announced that former Miss California Carrie Prejean will appear at FRC Action's fourth annual Values Voter Summit. Ms. Prejean gained national prominence when she defended traditional one-man, one-woman marriage at the Miss USA Pageant. Ms. Prejean will speak about her experiences over the last year as she has become a role model and spokeswoman in defense of marriage.

Ms. Prejean's confirmation adds to the impressive line-up of conservative "who's who". She will join a growing program of speakers that includes: Governors Rick Perry and Tim Pawlenty, former Governors Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Reps. John Boehner (R-Ohio), Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Mike Pence (R-Ind.), Chris Smith (R-N.J.), Tom Price (R-Ga.), and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Bill O'Reilly, Bill Bennett, actor Stephen Baldwin, best-selling author Joel Rosenberg, Phyllis Schlafly, Ken Blackwell, Star Parker, Lila Rose, and many more.

FRC Action's Values Voter Summit is cosponsored by the American Family Association, Focus on the Family Action, American Values, Family Research Council, and The Heritage Foundation. The Summit will be held September 18-20 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. An exhibit hall, book signings, New Media Row sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage, and much more will be packed into this three-day conference. On Saturday evening, Phyllis Schlafly will be honored at a gala dinner and receive the third annual James C. Dobson Vision and Leadership Award.
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