It’s been said that there is no honor among thieves…
An AFSCME official stole $180,000. Big news? Not really. Union corruption in the form of union bosses stealing from their members happens all the time. What is surprising is when union bosses steal from one of their own.
A former union official from Milwaukee has agreed to plead guilty to embezzling about $180,000 of union funds, according to federal court records.
Paula Dorsey, former president of District Council 48 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, withdrew the money from an account between 2004 and 2009 to finance her gambling habit, said Mel Johnson, an assistant U.S. attorney. Dorsey faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release, in addition to repayment of the estimated amount stolen.
The money was intended to fund Operation Big Vote, a national initiative to increase minority voter turnout.
So what is Operation Big Vote? Well, it appears to be one of the nuts from the fallen ACORN tree…
This year alone ACORN has registered 1,315,037 voters.
Although the organization prides itself for its registration efforts, it also has a long history of scandal. In the state of Missouri in 1986, 12 ACORN members were convicted of voter fraud. But that case was not an isolated incident in the state. In December 2004, in St. Louis, six volunteers pleaded guilty of dozens of election law violations for filling out registration cards with names of dead people and other bogus information. Authorities launched an earlier investigation after noticing that among the new voters was longtime St. Louis alderman Albert “Red” Villa, who died in 1990. The volunteers worked for “Operation Big Vote” — a branch of ACORN — in St. Louis.
Like we said…no honor among thieves.
“I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776
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