Registration fraud, to be more specific. I'm not so much against defunding them, but Diebold / Premier Election Solutions / ES&S were far greater risks to voter liberty. Defunding them is simply stupid - it's a political stunt that is only going to boost their recognition and financial power in the long run, and no doubt after this they will be a much cleaner organization, to boot.
I agree that the Diebold ect stuff is a hazard (I'm assuming you're speaking to the MASSIVE network vulnerbility issues of their electronic machines right?)
But the folks involved in the ACORN voter fraud cases have so many over so many states (14 or so from what my quick checks have pulled up) and some are pretty weird.
-An 7 year old getting registered? (CT)
-A 13 year old? (NM)
-A former ACORN member with 300 completed cards in his trunk that were supposed to be turned into the state within 10 days (MN)
To be fair from what I'm seeing a significant portion of the cases are for ACORN contractors
doing the acts. Not all but a significant portion. Which tells me the folks at ACORN need to do a better job of vetting their temps and such. But the folks at ACORN have too many cases in too many diverse areas for it to all be a republican 'witch hunt'.
(Back home in NC..the republicans couldn't get this sort of thing done on the state level..the Democrats have the state locked down to the point they do whatever they want)
I do find it interesting that Ms Maddow is all for a 'all or nothing' approach to contractors (like Lockheed, Boeing, DynCorp).
I personally have dealt with Lockheed, Raytheon, DynCorp and several other companies and the actions of their reps have always been above board (WHERE I dealt with them). I do think that something needs to be done (particularly in the cases of 'No Bid' Contractors who seem to have gotten away with murder (literally in some cases)).
I find it interesting that almost ALL the cases of of the corporations cited were things brushed under the rug of the last administration (which I as a republican refuse to apologize for... I didn't vote for them, I didn't trust them..and I am tired of being painted as a frothing supporter of because I'm a republican).
I do hope to see more actions on them to push home the fact that this sort of business is not 'business as usual'.
On a side note..the electronic voting machines.. I cannot BEGIN to enumerate my issues with that boondoggle.