Obama helped ACORN register fewer voters
The GOP is making a big deal out of the fact that Obama was part of a team of lawyers that represented ACORN in a 1995 lawsuit against the state of Illinois.
The McCain camp is insinuates that Obama's lawyering helped ACORN perpetrate voter registration fraud. The irony is that ACORN was suing so that it could get out of the voter registration business and leave the paperwork to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Federal law requires DMVs and social service offices to provide voter registration assistance, many states disregard the law. ACORN's victory in the 1995 lawsuit meant that more Illinois residents could register under the disinterested gaze of some clerk at the department of motor vehicles, leaving ACORN organizers free to actually organize people in their communities.
The GOP is trying to slander ACORN the organization and Barack Obama because some low-wage part-time employees tried to game the system by registering imaginary voters. The bad actors are the equivalent of those annoying people in chain stores who pressure you to sign up for a store credit card.
Sears probably has thousands of these people at stationed at stores around the country. Sooner or later, some rep who isn't meeting their quota is going to sign Mickey Mouse for a Sears card at 17% interest.
This is deplorable, but Mickey Mouse is not going to charge a power washer. Also, anyone who claime that Sears the company was therefore guilty of massive credit card fraud would be dismissed as a lunatic. It's not Sears' policy to give credit cards to beloved animated icons, nor is it in Sears' interest to be ripped off by slackers who can't sign up real people.
The GOP is demonizing ACORN because they don't want poor people voting. It's that simple.