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ACORN video scandal fallout: Hasner eyes elections law changes

by George Bennett | September 20th, 2009

Hasner: videos bolster case for elections changes

Hasner: videos bolster case for elections changes

Although it’s a prostitution-themed video sting that has rocked ACORN, Florida House Majority Leader Adam Hasner, R-Boca Raton, hopes to use the scandal to revive Republican efforts to clamp down on elections activities by the left-leaning outfit and its allies.

Hasner and other Republicans have long accused the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now of perpetrating voter fraud.

Crist: no fraud problem in Florida

Crist: no fraud problem in Florida

But Republican Gov. Charlie Crist pooh-poohed those concerns in Florida last year when John McCain’s presidential campaign tried to make them an issue. And Crist voiced concerns this year when Hasner and other Republicans pushed for heightened restrictions and stiffer penalties for groups like ACORN that specialize in voter-registration and petition drives. The legislation died.

Rubio: Pressed Crist on ACORN

Rubio: Pressed Crist on ACORN

Last week, despite recent fraud charges against 11 Florida ACORN voter registration workers, Crist’s office said there’s “no evidence” bogus voters have actually cast ballots.

The issue was raised by Crist’s 2010 GOP Senate primary rival, Marco Rubio.

Despite Crist’s position, Hasner says the recent videos featuring a faux pimp-and-prostitute duo bolster the case for elections changes because they demonstrate “the web of fraud and deception that organizations like this have been perpetrating to advance their radical left-wing agenda.”

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Klein: "Wake-up call"With U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler of Boca Raton opposed and U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings of Miramar voting “present,” Boca Raton U.S. Rep. Ron Klein was the only Democrat in Palm Beach County’s congressional delegation to support a House measure blocking federal money for ACORN.

Wexler: opposed cutting off ACORN money

Wexler: opposed cutting off ACORN money

Most other House Dems joined a unanimous GOP — including U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Tequesta — in the 345-75 vote.

Despite his anti-ACORN vote, Klein was restrained in criticizing the group.

“I dealt with ACORN a number of years ago in petition-gathering and other things and I never had a problem with them. I think that, as a community organizer, they’ve done good work over the years,” said Klein, who in March voted against a Republican anti-ACORN amendment in the Financial Services Committee.

Klein continued: “Obviously they have some problems now and they need to deal with them and until those problems are resolved I’m not going to support any federal funding or participation in any project that has federal funding. It’s a wake-up call for them to get their act together.”

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Pearl: tax rate hike "irresponsible"Democratic Palm Beach County commission District 6 candidate Elissa Pearl initially called the commission’s tentative vote for a 14.9 percent property tax rate hike a “tough vote” that she would only consider “as an absolute last resort.”

Santamaria

Santamaria

As tonight’s final vote approaches, Pearl has sharpened her position, calling the rate hike “irresponsible” and declaring herself “completely against the tax hike.”

District 6 incumbent Jess Santamaria voted for the rate increase. Santamaria hasn’t said whether he’s running next year, but if he does he’ll face Pearl in a Democratic primary.

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4 Responses to “ACORN video scandal fallout: Hasner eyes elections law changes”

  1. Diana Says:

    Rep. Hasner can’t tell his apples from oranges or doesn’t want to. The current flap over ACORN has nothing to do with election fraud. Allegations about ACORN and voter registration usually arise in election years and fade into oblivion in off years when there is no proof to support the charges. To clarify stories about ACORN go to the USC Annenberg School of Communication Factcheck.org not Adam Hasner.

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  3. allen Says:

    ACORN is currently under investigation in multiple states for voter registration fraud. Rotten is rotten whetehr it is registering Mickey Mouse to vote as a democrat or giving tax advice to a pimp who wants to smuggle underage girls into the country as sex slaves. But you keep defending them.

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