But ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, was shut down in 2010.
The same poll revealed that 50 percent of GOP voters believe Democrats engaged in voting fraud during the recent election even though there is virtually no evidence to support that opinion.
Why, then, are so many Republicans so misinformed?
Meet Anita MonCrief, a celebrated guest speaker at the Cobb County Republican Women’s Club on November 30. MonCrief told the gathering that Democrats broke voting laws during the recent election.
“We had people that were coming in from other countries that were being allowed to vote,” the MDJ quoted Ms. MonCrief as saying. “We had poll watchers that were being kicked out of the polls for two and three hours while fraud was occurring.”
MonCreif, whose real name is Ashawnita Moncrief, is among a class of gadfly who haunt conservative TV and radio shows, offering themselves up as “insiders,” ready to tell conservatives what they want to hear about Democrats, true or not.
Moncrief is a self-described “ACORN whistleblower, ex-liberal and DC troublemaker.” She has appeared on Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly and other such programs to expose alleged liberal corruption.
What needs exposing, however, is Moncrief’s sketchy past.
Moncrief says today she quit ACORN four years ago as a disillusioned senior operative, sick of the deceit at the top of the organization.
“I grew up in Birmingham, Ala.,” Moncrief told a crowd of supporters last May. “And I have to tell you, the racism that I experienced, the evilness that came at me. … It was from when I moved to the liberal north, and I got to see how things really were, and part of that was working with ACORN.”
In reality, Moncrief was fired from ACORN for stealing $3,000 after she used one of the organization’s credit cards to make personal purchases, according to the Wall Street Journal.
“I was very sorry, and I was paying it back,” Moncrief told the Journal. Her political epiphany appears to have come only after she lost her ACORN job.
Moncrief was later a confidential source for a series of 2008 New York Times articles about partisanship and corruption within ACORN. She claims the Times killed one of these stories because it might hurt Barack Obama’s election chances.
This is false. The Times covered the partisanship problems at ACORN extensively in the run up to the 2008 election.
“In Massachusetts, the Scott Brown election, there was video of someone passing out blank absentee ballots on Election Day to people who had already voted,” declared Moncrief at the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2010.
This is also false. A local news cameraman simply taped a facsimile of an absentee ballot outside a polling place.
I repeatedly e-mailed and Facebook messaged the troublemaker, seeking substantiation for the allegations of Democratic voting fraud she made in Marietta:
Where did these foreign voters come from and at how many locations were they permitted to vote? I asked her to identify the precincts from which her poll watchers were evicted and the names of those poll watchers so I could contact them.
If she had such damning evidence of Democratic skullduggery, surely Moncrief would want the specifics made public.
Alas, no response.
Like birthers Orly Taitz and Donald Trump, Moncrief gives some Republicans something they desperately need; baseless accusations that aim to delegitimize President Obama while suggesting it’s not possible for a black Democrat to win the White House without some sort of chicanery.
Kevin Foley is a public relations executive, author and writer who lives in Kennesaw.