Wing-nut lawmaker Michele Bachmann has come out against the census, saying that she “won’t be answering any information beyond” how many people live in her home.
She claims that ACORN will be part of the Census Bureau’s efforts “They will be in charge of going door to door and collecting data from the American public. This is very concerning.”
First of all, ACORN has merely applied to help recruit workers to conduct the census. It is ridiculous to claim that they would be “in charge” of anything the census does.
Why does the right love to attack ACORN? Because ACORN has been very successful in registering low-income and minority voters. Republicans have called ACORN a “quasi-criminal group”, compared them to the KKK, and even blamed ACORN for the mortgage crisis.
Their main attack against ACORN has been allegations of voter registration fraud. We have noted that one of the loudest voices accusing ACORN of fraud, Ann Coulter, was herself guilty of actual voter fraud (and actually voting illegally is much more serious than registration fraud).
And this week, the head of a voter registration firm that was hired by the California GOP to head up their voter registration efforts in the state has pled guilty to voter registration fraud and has been sentenced to three years probation. While Bachmann continues to publicly accuse ACORN of fraud, actual fraud by GOP aligned groups goes almost entirely unreported.
Incidentally, not answering census questions is a crime. According to the Census Bureau, any adult who refuses to answer census questions can be fined up to $5,000. Bachmann is not only planning on breaking the law, she is encouraging others to do so.