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"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." - John 8:32
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Author:  Michael J. Gaynor
Bio: Michael J. Gaynor
Date:  August 4, 2009
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The ACORN Scandal IS Partisan, Glenn Beck

Tell the WHOLE truth about ACORN AND the ACORN 8, Mr. Beck.

Independent Glenn Beck loves to criticize both Republicans and Democrats and regularly calls on his listeners and viewers to follow him.

Beck rightly "dismisses the urban legend that his show caters to Republicans: 'I am more mad at them than I am the Democrats. The proof is in the show and how many times I have had it out with various members of the GOP over some of their bonehead decisions.'" Salerno Zito, "Beck, Unfiltered," April 12, 2009 (

Of course, Beck is entitled to criticize Republicans as well as Democrats and both give him cause, but Beck needs to accept the truth and his foolish presumption or pretense that the ACORN scandal is NOT partisan is nuts.

ACORN is a subversive organization that was created in 1970 by radicals.

ACORN has been a Far Left scandal from the start.

The Rathke embezzlement and its cover up for years are symptomatic of Far Left political corruption, not the essential problem.

For many years, ACORN has functioned as an unofficial arm of the Democrat Party, NOT the Republican Party.

ACORN cooperates with Far Left Democrats, not moderate or conservative Democrats.

By not reporting the whole truth, Beck has misled his listeners and viewers and helped Democrats.

I am familiar with the evidence.

On October 7, 2008, now ex-liberal ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief emailed me: "I worked at Project Vote and ACORN for years and can provide inside information on the connections with Obama and FEC violations, IRS 501(c)3 violations and the threats and intimidation that ACORN has used to keep me quiet. I am willing to submit to a polygraph and turn over Obama's 2nd quarter donor list with was obtained by Project Vote Development Director Karyn Gillette directly from the Obama Campaign. I also have a DNC list that was forwarded to Project Vote along with donor lists for Kerry and Clinton."

Ms. MonCrief provided ample evidence proving that ACORN was not only a Democrat scandal, but improperly coordinating with the Obama presidential candidate.

The decision of the Obama-supporting The New York Times to kill an Obama/ACORN expose last October highlights the partisan nature of the ACORN scandal.

Ms. MonCrief's evidence showed that the ACORN scandal was unambiguously partisan.

To be specific, ACORN is a Far Left Democrat scandal. (To be sure, decent Democrats would want nothing to do with ACORN if they knew the whole truth about it.)

That doesn't fit Beck's desires, but it's the truth and the truth does not require Beck's approval.

Beck loves the ACORN 8 these days because ACORN national spokesman Scott Levenson accused him of being afraid of black people, nearly all of the 8 are black, and all of them have been opposing the current ACORN control group without acknowledging the partisan nature of the ACORN scandal.

If you doubt that, read this statement issued by the ACORN 8 and available at

"What Makes the A8 Different

"We are members and leaders in ACORN. The A8 consists of national, state and local board members, presidents or chairs. As such, we are leaders in our communities and in within ACORN. And we all share a passion for helping the underserved and disenfranchised through direct community action.

"Historically, ACORN dismisses most of its detractors by utilizing three basic arguments:

1) the attackers are GOP partisans and have a political agenda.

2) the attackers are disgruntled employees with an axe to grind

3) the attackers are disenchanted members and have no knowledge or information.

"The ACORN 8 complaints are not so easily dismissed. As leaders and board members, we are loyal members, are knowledgeable and we have fiduciary duties and responsibilities to our membership.

"We are ACORN. The national board is responsible for the organization. And we are trying to exercise our fiduciary duties and obligations to our membership. We have legal standing, to enforce our rights and pursue ACORN in courts of law and in the court of public opinion.

"What We Are Not Ė

"We are NOT trying to Destroy ACORN. We are ACORN, we love ACORN and are only attempting to reform the association and return it to its original mission and purpose.

"We are NOT disgruntled ACORN employees or GOP / Republican operatives. Thus, we do not have a personal or partisan axe to grind or a political agenda to support.

"We are ACORN. We donít get mad, we donít get even Ö we get ORGANIZED!!!"

The ACORN 8 are right... about not being "GOP/Republican operatives" and being supportive of ACORN's "original mission and purpose."

They are leftist Democrats whose dispute with ACORN relates to who should control ACORN, not whether it should be a Far Left organization that serves as an unofficial arm of the Democrat Party.

The evidence shows that last year the ACORN 8 conducted their campaign against ACORN so as not to hurt the Obama campaign instead of telling the whole truth.

Tell the WHOLE truth about ACORN AND the ACORN 8, Mr. Beck.

Ms. MonCrief chose to do so, and it should not be nearly as hard for you.

Michael J. Gaynor

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Biography - Michael J. Gaynor

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,,, and 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.

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