Matthew Vadum had precisely the same reaction that I did when I read the Ben Smith Politico article that published ACORN founder Wade Rathke’s denial that White House Director Political Director Patrick Gaspard was affiliated with his group: Umm. No. It’s not Ben’s fault – this is all deliberately designed to be confusing – but there are a clear set of links. It goes like this:
First, ACORN has long been known to have The Working Families Party as one of its front organizations. As Discover the Networks notes:
Currently composed of some 30,000 members, the Working Families Party (WFP) is a front group for ACORN (the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now). WFP functions as a political party in New York State and Connecticut, promoting ACORN-friendly candidates. Unlike conventional political parties, WFP charges its members dues — about $60 per year — a policy characteristic of ACORN and its affiliates.
According to the party’s website, WFP is a coalition founded jointly by ACORN, the Communications Workers of America, and the United Automobile Workers. However, ACORN clearly dominates the coalition. New York ACORN leader Steven Kest was the moving force in forming the party, and WFP headquarters are located at the same address as ACORN’s national office, at 88 Third Avenue in Brooklyn, New York.
Second, as Matthew Vedum reported, the link between Gaspard and the WFP is clear: he himself identified with the political party.
Third, as I mentioned earlier today, Gaspard is continuing to assist the WFP in local elections.
The Working Families Party and its secretive private company are apparently not alone in helping out Bill de Blasio’s campaign behind the scenes.
De Blasio, who is a candidate in the four-way Democratic primary for public advocate, has also has been getting a helping hand from Patrick Gaspard, the White House political director, and from the deputy director of the New York State Democratic Committee.
So. ACORN = WFP = Patrick Gaspard. Wade Rathke’s sudden performance to the contrary.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.