Anita explained on her blog: "There has been much speculation as to my motives, which is ironic to me since the media has given me a lesson in integrity and political motivations this year. I speak for myself and I am not afraid to post the truth."
Thanks be to God, Anita had the strength to testify in court, and to be interviewed by Laura Ingraham.
Don't count on Obama to be THAT courageous!
To listen free to Anita's eye-opening interview, go to www.lauraingraham.com.
Anita's first blog article is titled "ACORN Whistleblower asks: What Happened to Karyn Gillette?"
The article demonstrates that Anita is courageous (and please don't confuse courageous with fearless or foolhardy).
"Coming forward was not an easy choice and I weighed my options repeatedly and realized that there was not much of a choice. ACORN is a corrupt organization that is preying on the marginalized in this society and they have become the cancerous growth of this election.
"I have never claimed to be perfect and only answered questions honestly on the stand. ACORN brought 3 witnesses to testify but only two did. What happened? Karyn Gillette had the opportunity to take that stand and call me a liar and 'set the record straight' and instead she fled the courtroom. Ms. Gillette sat two seats from me on the same row and as I prepared to face my former mentor and the woman who I thought was my friend, I realized that she had no idea that I would completely tell the truth and therefore she was confident in her role as the person sent by ACORN to discredit me.
"After I testified under oath, I noticed that the attitude of the ACORN people had changed in the room, the intimidating stance was gone as Karyn typed on the Blackberry at lightning speed, and the other ACORN folks heard the truth in my words.
"I am a liberal Democrat, pro-choice and a Obama supporter. I never wanted for this to progress to this point. I tried contacting www.rottenacorn.org in June of 2007 before the credit card, before the termination. I was told that it could get ugly and that since I was a single mom and needed this job for my baby, that I should try to find somewhere else and then contact them again.
"I urge Karyn and Brian Kettering to follow my example and stop hiding behind the media. If I am such a liar, then by all means, say so in sworn testimony. Why did Karyn Gillette leave the courtroom? Only she knows, but I guess if had something to do with the fact that I told the truth and she wasn't willing to get on the stand and do the same thing.
"I have never needed anyone to speak for me. I speak for myself and have always been prepared to deal with the consequences of my actions."
I have been reporting on what Anita told me. (She contacted me and I'm delighted that she did.)
It's obviously hard for an idealistic young African-American single mother of a baby who is unemployed and supporting Obama to say anything that reflects badly on Obama.
But the truth is the truth...and Obama has only himself to blame.
Obama declared during the final presidential debate that his only connection to ACORN was representing it in a motor voter case alongside the United States Justice Department.
Anita wishes it was true, but she knows it's not.
Obama has repeatedly said that his relationship with ACORN began and ended with legal work he did with the group in 1995.
Did Obama forget those training sessions he did for ACORN years ago or the hundreds of thousands of dollars his campaign has paid an ACORN subsidiary for canvassing efforts this year?
Or the grants he directed to ACORN?
Of course not.
Anita told me of revealing connections between ACORN and the Obama campaign based on both personal knowledge and documents.
Anita told me about these connections between Obama and his presidential campaign and ACORN:
1. Zach Polett, former Executive Director of Project Vote and former director of ACORN Political Operations, mentioned that Obama had worked for us and that he even supervised him during a ACORN Political staff retreat in November 2007 (based on direct knowledge).
2. In late 2007, Anita received a call from the Obama campaign asking if this was the same Project Vote that Obama worked for in the 90's. With a staff retreat fresh in mind, Anita answered yes and sent an email to Zach Polett, Karyn Gillette, Nathan Henderson James, and Kevin Whelan stating that the campaign wanted someone to call them back regarding some media questions that were being asked at the time.
3. In late 2007, Karyn Gillette approached Anita to tell her that she had direct contact with the Obama campaign and had obtained their donor lists. This meeting took place sometime in November of 2007 and may have even been a conference call between the campaign and Project Vote. Anita was given an excel spreadsheet to work with for cultivation of new donors. When Anita had trouble because of the duplicates, Karyn stated that she would contact her person at the campaign and see if they had another one.
4. Karyn Gillette also provided lists obtained from the Kerry and Clinton campaigns, as well as the 2004 DNC donor lists, and these lists were shared with the Political directors of roughly 12 ACORN battleground states in order to raise money for a $28 million dollar (number as of 11/2007) voter registration drive (based on direct and indirect knowledge and documents).
5. Sidley Austin, Obama's old law firm, is representing ACORN pro-bono and Mesirow Financial, the firm hired to provide financial advice to ACORN, is headed by a major Obama donor, Richard Mesirow (based on indirect knowledge and documents).
After Anita testified in the Pennsylvania case, the McCain campaign accused Obama of lying to voters about the extent of his ties to ACORN.
"Today's testimony by a former employee of an ACORN affiliate proves Barack Obama is guilty of lying to the American people about his relationship with ACORN," McCain campaign manager Rick Davis said in a written statement, accusing Obama of working "hand-in-glove" with the group, which is under investigation for voter registration fraud in several states.
Are you really surprised that "the Senator from ACORN" lied?
Do you really believe Obama on what he knew and did know about William "domestic terrorist" Ayers and Rev. Jeremiah A. "God damn America" Wright, Jr.?
Do you really believe that the Los Angeles Times is NOT refusing to making that tape of Obama to help Obama?
Do you really believe that the liberal media has properly scrutinized Obama?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are dangerously naive.
In the famous fairy tale, a child who had not been brainwashed suddenly announced that the Emperor had no clothes.
The child was right.
Anita surely shares Obama's political views, but when she speaks the truth, she exposes Obama as a liar.
Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member.
Gaynor graduated magna cum laude, with Honors in Social Science, from Hofstra University's New College, and received his J.D. degree from St. John's Law School, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence and served as an editor of the Law Review and the St. Thomas More Institute for Legal Research. He wrote on the Pentagon Papers case for the Review and obscenity law for The Catholic Lawyer and edited the Law Review's commentary on significant developments in New York law.
The day after graduating, Gaynor joined the Fulton firm, where he focused on litigation and corporate law. In 1997 Gaynor and Emily Bass formed Gaynor & Bass and then conducted a general legal practice, emphasizing litigation, and represented corporations, individuals and a New York City labor union. Notably, Gaynor & Bass prevailed in the Second Circuit in a seminal copyright infringement case, Tasini v. New York Times, against newspaper and magazine publishers and Lexis-Nexis. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed, 7 to 2, holding that the copyrights of freelance writers had been infringed when their work was put online without permission or compensation.
Gaynor currently contributes regularly to www.MichNews.com, www.RenewAmerica.com, www.WebCommentary.com, www.PostChronicle.com and www.therealitycheck.org and has contributed to many other websites. He has written extensively on political and religious issues, notably the Terry Schiavo case, the Duke "no rape" case, ACORN and canon law, and appeared as a guest on television and radio. He was acknowledged in Until Proven Innocent, by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, and Culture of Corruption, by Michelle Malkin. He appeared on "Your World With Cavuto" to promote an eBay boycott that he initiated and "The World Over With Raymond Arroyo" (EWTN) to discuss the legal implications of the Schiavo case. On October 22, 2008, Gaynor was the first to report that The New York Times had killed an Obama/ACORN expose on which a Times reporter had been working with ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief.