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Anita Moncrief is a former employee of ACORN who testified against the organization for two hours on October 29 in a Pennsylvania courtroom in a lawsuit filed by the Pennsylvania Republican Party against ACORN and Pennsylvania Secretary of State Pedro Cortes.
According to Moncrief's testimony:
- ACORN's quality-control efforts were "minimal or nonexistent."
- The quality control policies of ACORN were "largely window dressing."
- ACORN knew that most new voter registration forms it had gathered were fraudulent. According to Moncrief, "Forty percent was OK," referring to the number of bona fide registrations the group was willing to receive from workers in its voter registration drives.
- When she was employed by the organization, it was given lists of potential donors by several Democratic presidential campaigns, including that of Barack Obama.
- She said that in November of 2007, ACORN's Project Vote development director Karyn Gillette told her that Gillette had direct contact with the Obama campaign and had obtained their donor lists. Ms. MonCrief also testified she was given a spreadsheet to use in cultivating Obama donors who had maxed out on donations to the candidate, but who could contribute to voter registration efforts. Project Vote calls the allegation "absolutely false.".
- Internally, ACORN had a policy of cooperating with authorities in prosecuting those who got caught trying to falsify registration forms, which was referred to by staffers as "throwing them under the bus."
Moncrief attended the University of Alabama, majoring in political science and history. She was a founding member of the Alabama Model United Nations, and an intern for the American Bar Association, where she assisted in the creation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Assessment Index.
- "Wall Street Journal," ACORN Whistleblower Testifies, October 30, 2008
- Philadelphia Inquirer, "Fired woman: ACORN training for canvassers weak," October 29, 2008 (dead link)
- Press Democrat, "ACORN strikes back" (dead link)
- Post Chronicle, "Why Obama and Acorn fear Anita Moncrief"
- Kansas Star, "ACORN knew of fraudulent voter registration forms, ex-employee of Project Vote says," October 29, 2008 (dead link)