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ACORN plot found, Oklahoma GOP says

BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Modified: September 30, 2009 at 4:37 am •  Published: September 30, 2009
A Republican state legislator released documents Tuesday which he says show the community-organizing group ACORN focused on helping Democrats in three legislative races in the November 2008 election and had developed a game plan to "take power” in Oklahoma within five years.

The documents, which include legislative district maps and various forms, were recovered from computers abandoned by ACORN workers in Oklahoma City, said Rep. Mike Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City. Also found was a script apparently used in Houston to go door-to-door to encourage voters to vote for Barack Obama in November 2008.

"They say they’re not political, but one of the subdirectories was called political action plans,” Reynolds said. "It was their political plans to take over key targeted races in Oklahoma City to show how powerful they are.”

One of the key legislative races mentioned in the documents was the Senate District 43 race involving Reynolds’ brother. State Sen. Jim Reynolds, an Oklahoma City Republican who won by about 3,600 votes in 2004, won by 159 votes in 2008.

Mike Reynolds said he was contacted in late summer 2008 by people who had leased office space near SW 25 and Robinson Avenue to ACORN. He was told the group had stopped paying the lease. Reynolds said he bought two computers for which passwords were found in desks.

Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman Gary Jones said ACORN, officially the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, had three Oklahoma City offices in 2008. The organization now does not list any Oklahoma City office on its Web site.

No one answered at an ACORN office Tuesday in Tulsa. Messages left at an ACORN office in Washington were not returned. A spokesman with The Advance Group, a New York-based company which handles public relations for ACORN, said Tuesday he was unaware of the documents.

Todd Goodman, chairman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, said he was unaware ACORN had any volunteers working in Oklahoma City during the 2008 elections.

Goodman questioned the release of the documents a year after their alleged discovery.

Reynolds, who said he had been busy with legislative matters the past several months, said about 1,600 documents are on the computers.


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