Obama Dirty Tricks Operative Buffy Wicks to Run Campaign Unit Named
After ACORN’s Voter Fraud Factory
By Matthew Vadum
One of the co-conspirators in a White House-approved plot to use federal resources to produce partisan propaganda to advance President Obama’s policy agenda has been chosen to lead an Obama 2012 get-out-the-vote (GOTV) effort.
The Obama operative chosen to head the GOTV effort, Buffy Wicks, was deputy director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. In that capacity she participated in a now-infamous 2009 conference call in which Obama officials urged artists to create art that would help advance Obamacare and the rest of the president’s policy objectives.
Wicks will head a GOTV effort named after the branch of ACORN that employed Obama in 1992. Perhaps to honor Obama’s radical roots, the “campaign-within-a-campaign” will be named “Project Vote,” according to Politico’s Mike Allen.
Obama’s storied performance as head of Project Vote in Illinois during the 1992 campaign was widely credited with getting the radical left-wing Democrat Carol Moseley Braun elected to the U.S. Senate. It also helped Obama cement his reputation as a master community organizer.
The original Project Vote is part of the ACORN network. It continues to operate out of ACORN’s Washington, D.C. headquarters, and works with the new ACORN front groups created after ACORN, the shell corporation that ran the network, filed for bankruptcy last November.
ACORN officials openly acknowledge that the new front groups will come together under a new name in order to help reelect President Obama next year, as I write in my new book, Subversion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers.
There is no wall of separation between the two organizations. On registration and mobilization campaigns, ACORN and Project Vote work together to the point where it is difficult, if not impossible, to tell the difference. They share staff, office space, and money.
ACORN senior official Amy Adele Busefink, who earlier this year pleaded no-contest in a major ACORN-approved voter fraud conspiracy in Nevada, works at Project Vote as a field director even now according to the group’s website.
The mission of the new “Project Vote” that is part of the Obama campaign apparatus will be the same as the old Project Vote: the manufacture of voters.
“The big goal here is to expand the electorate,” an Obama campaign official told Politico. “That’s how we won in 2008, and we think that’s the path to victory again in 2012.”
It was two years ago that Wicks, acting on behalf of the White House, gave birth to the NEA propaganda scandal.
Readers of the “Big” websites will recall that Patrick Courrielche reported at the time that the NEA and the White House encouraged “a handpicked, pro-Obama arts group to address politically controversial issues under contentious national debate.”
Wicks acknowledged during the call that she was “actually in the White House and working towards furthering this agenda, this very aggressive agenda.” She said, “We’re going to come at you with some specific asks here.”
Yosi Sergant, then-communications director at the taxpayer-funded National Endowment for the Arts, also was on the call encouraging artists to do the administration’s bidding. Sergant was forced out of his cushy post after his involvement in the scandal was revealed.
On the call Michael Skolnick, political director for hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, acknowledged the White House and the NEA “had the idea that I would help bring together the artist community.” The purpose was “to support some of the president’s initiatives,” he said.
Three days after the teleconference an alliance of arts organizations, led by Americans for the Arts, which participated in the call, issued a press release that urged the creation of “a health care reform bill that will create a public health insurance option.”
A few days later another group from the call, Rock the Vote, unveiled its own pro-Obama initiative. “We can’t stand by and listen to lies and deceit coming from those who are against reforming a broken system … Enough is Enough. We need designs that tell the country YES WE CARE! Young people demand health care.”
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America needs to know that ACORN is restructuring in time to help re-elect President Obama in 2012. Obama used to work for ACORN and represented the group in court as its lawyer. These radical leftists who use the brutal, in-your-face, pressure tactics of want to destroy America as we know it and will use any means to do it.