The Best DA Money Can Buy? ACORN DA Lets ACORN Off The Hook (UPDATED)

March 2, 2010

Today it was announced that ACORN will not face prosecution in Brooklyn.

“On Sept. 15, 2009, my office began an investigation into possible criminality on the part of three ACORN employees,” Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes said in a one-paragraph statement issued Monday afternoon.

Should anyone be surprised? The Brooklyn DA is a member of the ACORN/Working Families Party. That means he signed their pledge, and worked for their endorsement.

Just saying.

Speaking of just saying, an unidentified member of “law enforcement” dropped this unsubstantiated charge:

While the video by James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles seemed to show three ACORN workers advising a prostitute how to hide ill-gotten gains, the unedited version was not as clear, according to a law enforcement source.

“They edited the tape to meet their agenda,” said the source.

Any chance they want to be specific about how exactly James and Hannah did that? If it’s true, then the anonymous law enforcer should press charges, or lose his or her job.

UPDATE: Some people want to quibble about membership in ACORN and SEIU’s Working Families Party, versus endorsement. This distinction doesn’t hold water. When a candidate accepts the endorsement/nomination of a political party, they become a de facto member of that party. Do skeptics want to make the argument that Republican candidates are not Republicans? Or that Democrat candidates are not Democrats? If a candidate accepts the endorsement of the Working Families Party, and the Democrat Party, they are members of both parties.

The Working Families Party has never been shy about how stringent its endorsement process is. You have to seek the endorsement and make a commitment to the party.

UPDATE II: Media Matters is confirming the connection between Charles Hynes and SEIU/ACORN’s Working Families Party.

Interestingly, they are doing it by claiming Hynes is also a Republican and a Conservative, and therefore his relationship with ACORN’s Working Families Party is meaningless.

Media Matters arrives at this conclusion because Hynes ran unopposed in his district. That means he ran on EVERY line on the ballot. In the Progressivestan that is Media Matters, this somehow negates the fact that his relationship with the Working Families Party creates the appearance of a conflict of interests in the ACORN case.

This is a fallacy which we will address by way of analogy: If a judge owns shares in (or accepts campaign contributions) from both Coke and Pepsi, that doesn’t negate the appearance of a conflict of interests in a case involving either soda manufacturer. Media Matters would argue that ownership in, or contributions from both companies make them impervious to conflicts of interest with either. Interesting logic.

Does anyone else see a pattern of a Progressive blind spot when it comes to the appearance of a conflict of interests? Most Progressives don’t seem to see a conflict of interests between government ownership of car manufacturers, while at the same time regulating the competition. They also can’t appear to grasp the conflict of interests inherent in a government “competing” with the insurance industry – which they regulate. But we digress.

Even more fascinating is the comment section at Media Matters, where they are kicking around the fantasy of stripping Founding Bloggers of our constitutional right to free speech. Now that’s Progressive for you!

by For.America.2600 (March 02, 2010 10:13 pm ET)

I would love to see libel cases brought up. Freedom of speech has its boundaries and people need to realize that words have consequences.
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Agreed. I’m tired of these people getting away with this sh&%#@.

It doesn’t matter what other lines Hynes ran on. The DA has a direct relationship with ACORN’s Working Families Party. That creates the appearance of a conflict of interests regarding the ACORN case.

How revealing that the Progressive reaction embodied in the comments above is to strip us of our freedom to make this observation. How inconvenient the 1st amendment is when applied to non-progressive thoughts.

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45 Responses to The Best DA Money Can Buy? ACORN DA Lets ACORN Off The Hook (UPDATED)

  1. John C. Randolph on March 2, 2010 at 7:42 am

    What’s an honest politician? One who stays bought.

    O’Keefe should be impeached, tried, disbarred, and imprisoned for this. Chance of it happening? Slim to none.

    -jcr

  2. John C. Randolph on March 2, 2010 at 7:42 am

    Oops, said O’Keefe when I meant Hynes. Hate it when that happens.

    -jcr

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  4. bandit on March 2, 2010 at 7:57 am

    “They edited the tape to meet their agenda,” said the source.

    By showing the parts where the Acorn nuts told them not to pay their taxes.

  5. PersonFromPorlock on March 2, 2010 at 8:52 am

    I see where Hynes had the WFP endorsement; I don’t see where he is a WFP member.

  6. BackwardsBoy on March 2, 2010 at 9:26 am

    This is straight out of the Eric Holder manual of oblivious prosecution. Hynes should be fired or resign.

  7. Gateway Pundit on March 2, 2010 at 9:29 am

    [...] tax advice to a couple posing as a pimp and a prostitute were cleared of criminal wrongdoing.  The Brooklyn DA is a member of the ACORN/Working Families Party. That means he signed their pledge, and worked for their endorsement… And, he found no [...]

  8. Sully on March 2, 2010 at 9:36 am

    That must have been one hell of an editing job… Who did they hire..? ILM?

  9. Granus on March 2, 2010 at 9:47 am

    “The best DA money can buy?
    Wow! That’s going to be a tough call. So many contenders, especially if attorneys general are included.

  10. brendan on March 2, 2010 at 10:46 am

    D.A. lives in Breezy Point Queens which is a gated community on a Peninsula. It is a conservative community heavily populated by multiple generations of cops, firemen and construction trades people who, while patriotic,don’t care a rat’s ass about political principles but only their jobs and pensions. They’re on the big tit. They ALL vote for the democrat candidates that accept the endorsement of the Workers Family Party (ACORN).They’re all a bunch of Irish schmucks. And perhaps Hynes is not paid for but being around so long he knows the New York Time can leak information on him the same way the Times leaked all over David Patterson.

  11. [...] tax advice to a couple posing as a pimp and a prostitute were cleared of criminal wrongdoing.  The Brooklyn DA is a member of the ACORN/Working Families Party. That means he signed their pledge, and worked for their endorsement… And, he found no wrongdoing. [...]

  12. aghast on March 2, 2010 at 11:31 am

    The DA clearly should have recused himslelf. This is an ethical violation that shoudl be reported to the Bar

  13. SenatorMark4 on March 2, 2010 at 11:35 am

    So where’s the Citizen Journalist asking the DA that question? Come on people! If this really is going to start being a government “of the people” we need to chase these rats down.

  14. Dick Regan on March 2, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Charlie Hynes was first assistant to DA Eugene Gold. In 1983 DA Gold plead guilty to sexually abusing a 12 year old girl. See New York Times article: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?sec=health&res=9807EFDB123BF932A15753C1A965948260

    DA Gold got off with probation and now lives in Israel.

    Gives you an idea of what type of justice come out of Brooklyn.

    I rest my case.

  15. [...] via Glenn Reynolds, I see that Andrew Marcus has found evidence of a conflict: The Brooklyn DA is a member of the ACORN/Working Families Party. [...]

  16. Buffalopundit on March 2, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    He is not a member of the WFP. He was endorsed by them and appeared on their party line, but is not a member.

    New York operates under a system of electoral fusion.

    Look it up.

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  18. Myfatassisathreattonationalsecurity on March 2, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    wow acorn gets away with underage prostitution again i’am so shocked……………Not

  19. james on March 2, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    The good news is we’ve all but nearly destroyed an organization committed to helping those freeloaders who can’t vote or want to get an easy home loan on easy terms. Thanks to Breitbart and O’Keefe! Maybe now thousands of Obamabots and their families will have to earn their way like the rest of us.

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  21. Midge Frantz on March 2, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    DA Charles Hynes clearly encourages child prostitution and tax evasion. Anyone in NY interested in this type of corruption, don’t worry, Charles Hyneas has your back. Wonder if Charlie has any skeletons in his closet? Just asking.

  22. Right on on March 2, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Good!! Now maybe the pseudo journalist want-to-be and his prostitute girlfriend can permanently bury that horrible, cheesy pimp’s costume and collectively they can administer inspirational talks on how to have an unsuccessful charade on preconceived perverseness.

  23. Cold Fury » Corruption by any other name… on March 2, 2010 at 4:15 pm

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  24. uberVU - social comments on March 2, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Social comments and analytics for this post…

    This post was mentioned on Twitter by deteaparty: The Brooklyn DA is a member of the ACORN/Working Families Party http://bit.ly/cMo2MF Sounds like conflict of interest #tpp #tpp #sgp #acorn…

  25. David B. on March 2, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Joe Hynes (he goes by Joe) ran unopposed! Not only was he the WFP nominee, but also the nominee of the Republican and Conservative Parties. He actually got more votes as a Republican than a WFP candidate.

    The next closest vote getters were write-in votes, at two apiece, for Alton Maddox, Diane Gatto, Sandra Roper and “Money.” Barack Obama, Bob Weir (of the Grateful Dead?), Bernie Kerick, Glenn Beck, Sponge Bob, L. Ron Hubbard, and Soul Love each got one vote.

    see: http://www.vote.nyc.ny.us/pdf/results/2009/General/6.13KingsDistrictAttorneyRecap.pdf

  26. Daily scoreboard « Don Surber on March 2, 2010 at 6:01 pm

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  27. JGSFMY on March 2, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Do the research. Charles Hynes is a leftist democrat(small case intentional) scumbag & always has been. Only in the Northeast bastion of nutjob obamination!!!!

  28. hatrick on March 2, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Does this surprise anyone? Michael Mann got cleared in his corrupt shannanagans over climategate at Penn State by a pannel of his pears, all in the tank with the progressive left agenda. This is what happens when you have these corrupt progressives in power looking out for the other. They are their own judge, jury and executioner. We need the teapartiers to descend on this like they will when MD prosecutor tries to jail O’Keefe.

  29. storykeeper on March 2, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Sounds like another case where “recusal’ would have been appropriate, but then again, the Obama admin is making great use of the infamous ‘ethics waiver’

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  31. Sunnyr on March 3, 2010 at 2:07 am

    Geez, How is this NOT a huge CONFLICT OF INTEREST? Corruption has spread to the Brooklyn D A’s office, for sure. Unbelievable.

  32. Hard Right on March 3, 2010 at 2:07 am

    Wanting to take away our 1st Amend rights?
    Scratch a progressive, find a fascist.

  33. Moonbattery on March 3, 2010 at 9:05 am

    ACORN Affiliated DA Lets ACORN Off the Hook …

    James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles exposed ACORN offices across the nation as corrupt, willing facilitators of child trafficking and prostitution. The bad news: justice was not served in the Brooklyn ACORN case. Brooklyn prosecutors on Monday cleared ACOR…

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  35. Acorn Vindicated? Dream On… | NewsReal Blog on March 3, 2010 at 11:36 am

    [...] on the other hand, there could be some favoritism going on. Founding Bloggers revealed yesterday that Brooklyn DA, Charles Hynes, himself, has pretty close ties to ACORN: Should [...]

  36. Adam (NY) on March 3, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    How this is NOT a conflict of interest in New York (but would be in every other state except for Oregon) is because of electoral fusion, where smaller parties such as WFP, Green, and Conservative can endorse a candidate of one of the two major parties (Democrat or Republican), and that person does not have to consent to the endorsement.

  37. Adam (NY) on March 3, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Correction to above: There are eight states where this would not be a conflict of interest: CT, DE, NY, OR, ID, SC, VT, and MS.

    Because of that, the premise of the original article is invalidated, and thus the entire article should be invalidated.

  38. Good Lt. on March 3, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    >Because of that, the premise of the original article is invalidated, and thus the entire article should be invalidated.

    Hynes APPLIED for the endorsement from the WFP. It says so on their site.

    Nice. Try.

  39. [...] Founding Bloggers makes the point that Hynes is a member of the Working Families Party, by virtue of a pledge he signed, and an endorsement he received. “You have to seek the endorsement and make a commitment to the party.” [...]

  40. SFC MAC on March 4, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Since Hynes actively sought the political nod from ACORN/WFP, he had no business conducting an investigation or weighing in on a decision.
    The conflict of interest is blatant, but Hynes didn’t have the ethics to recuse himself. Politics as usual.

  41. mattnyc on March 5, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    no, no, no. You said, “Media Matters arrives at this conclusion because Hynes ran unopposed in his district. That means he ran on EVERY line on the ballot.”

    New York has full fusion voting. To “get on” a ballot line you have to enough signatures from registrants of each party. The DA got all 4 lines because he a) wanted a landslide victory and b) there were no other viable candidates for the parties to back, and most importantly c) the parties want people to vote on their line because it’s a measure of their power and popularity.

    Of course he “actively sought” the WFP’s endoresment, just like he “actively sought” the Conservative party’s endoresement. And of course neither party turned him down…drum roll please…because in fusion voting parties want votes on THEIR line. The WFP and Conservative parties are minor parties, they need every vote they can get to show clout, they aren’t going to not endorse in most races because they need to scrounge for every vote they can get.

    If you’re going to conclude that the DA is in the pocket of the WFP then you’re going to have to take a different tact, because according to this logic he’s also in the pocket of the conservatives, dems, and reps.

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