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‘Subversion, Inc.’: Book-Partying in D.C. With Author Matthew Vadum Tonight

Posted on | June 29, 2011 | 5 Comments

The notorious “Beltway cocktail party circuit” is a political cliché, suggestive of effete insiders conspiring over martinis in some sort of Machiavellian power-status cabal. There is some truth to that cliché. Washington, D.C., is very much a town where who you know is more important than what you know, and the most important thing is always what you know about who you know.

People in the nation’s capital really do conduct a lot of business over cocktails (or beer), and so I’m off to D.C. tonight to attend a book-signing party for my buddy Matthew Vadum, whose book Subversion, Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers.

In addition to being my buddy — which should be recommendation enough — Vadum is the nation’s foremost expert on ACORN’s nefarious activities, having covered them for years as an investigative journalist with the Capital Research Center. And in a Washington Times column he reminds us that (a) ACORN is still in business, contrary to rumors of their demise, and (b) they’ve collected tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer funding over the years:

America’s long-suffering taxpayers scored a resounding victory as the Supreme Court told one of the nation’s foremost tax-eating groups to take a hike.
The high court denied an appeal last week by the radical left-wing gangster group ACORN, ruling in effect that Congress was entitled to cut off federal taxpayer funding for the group, which routinely perpetrates voter fraud and encourages welfare recipients to buy houses they have no hope of paying for.
ACORN still matters because reports of its demise have been exaggerated. Although the national ACORN organization filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Election Day last year, ACORN is restructuring itself in time to help re-elect its former employee, President Obama, next year. ACORN’s voter-mobilization arm, Project Vote, is conducting business as usual out of ACORN’s D.C. offices.
The ACORN network has taken in an astounding $79 million in federal funding, and those are only the grants I could find in the U.S. government’s antiquated databases. . . .

So I’ll be in D.C. tonight celebrating Vadum’s excellent new book — more than 400 pages, with more than 700 footnotes — and encourage you to buy it now. When you purchase Subversion Inc. through the Amazon Associates link, you get a low price and I get a small commission, and the resulting profit may help convince my wife that hanging around D.C. cocktail receptions is a legitimate journalistic endeavor, rather than just an excuse to party with Vadum.


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