Thursday, July 31, 2008

...A Mighty Lefty Tree Grows

Front page article on the front page of today's WSJ on the how the Democrats used the housing "rescue" bill to pay off a loyal ally (sub req):

The housing bill signed Wednesday by President George W. Bush will provide a stream of billions of dollars for distressed homeowners and communities and the nonprofit groups that serve them.

One of the biggest likely beneficiaries, despite Republican objections: Acorn, a housing advocacy group that also helps lead ambitious voter-registration efforts benefiting Democrats.

Acorn -- made up of several legally distinct groups under that name -- has become an important player in the Democrats' effort to win the White House. Its voter mobilization arm is co-managing a $15.9 million campaign with the group Project Vote to register 1.2 million low-income Hispanics and African-Americans, who are among those most likely to vote Democratic. Technically nonpartisan
(ha, ha, ha), the effort is one of the largest such voter-registration drives on record.

I already thought the housing bill was a complete clusterfarg. Learning about this is like being on the receiving end of an acorn in the eye. Just ask anyone who's been in a good ol' fashioned acorn fight what that feels like.

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