The community action group ACORN has pleaded guilty to election law violations, in a deal worked out with Nevada state attorney general. Attorney for the defendant,Â Lisa Rasmussen, said a plea agreement was worked out, and sentencing has been set for August 10. Although there have been many cases involving individuals from the group resulting in convictions, this is the only case to date in which they were collectively named as a felony defendant.
The defunct political organization is looking at a fine of $5,000, maximim. ACORNÂ wasÂ accused ofÂ Â illegally registering voters in a scheme called “21” or “Blackjack.” Allegedly, workers were paid bonuses based on the number of voters they registered during the 2008 election in Nevada.
TheÂ activist group’s regional director, Amy Busefink,Â was sentenced to a year probation in January, entering a no-contest plea on two misdemeanor counts, after a field director, Christopher Edwards, agreed to testify against her, reports Fox News.
The organization became caught up in a controversial media frenzy last year when two conservative activists posing as a pimp and a prostitute filmedÂ workers offering some “inventive” tax advice to them.Â This final straw caused the dissolution of ACORN as it once was.
This could very well be just the tip of the iceberg, as many believe. Voter fraud registrationÂ was (and still is)Â a problem in this country, longÂ before ACORN was spotlighted byÂ taking it to the limit. LikeÂ many other cases,Â it seems that the punishment far from reflects the severity of the crime.Â