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Citizen Services, Inc. (CSI) has described itself as the "campaign services entity" for ACORN.

CSI does GOTV for Obama campaign

CSI received a total of $800,000 between February 25 and May 17 from the Barack Obama campaign for "get out the vote efforts." This was mis-reported on the Obama campaign's FEC reports, which originally described the activities they paid CSI to conduct as "polling, advance work and staging major events." The Obama campaign amended its mis-statement as to the nature of the work conducted by CSI on their behalf in August, as the RNC charged "Barack Obama's failure to accurately report his campaign's financial records is an incredibly suspicious situation that appears to be an attempt to hide his campaign's interaction with a left-wing organization previously convicted of voter fraud and the Obama campaign responded, "when we saw that our FEC report didn't accurately reflect the field work CSI was hired to perform we corrected it".[1]

Involvement in Wynn/Edwards contest

Incumbent Democratic representative Al Wynn, who was defeated in a spring 2008 primary by Donna Edwards, filed an FEC complaint alleging that the Donna Edwards campaign received "substantial assistance by way of unreported, in-kind contributions from organizations who profess to have operated independently of the Edwards Campaign."

Among other matters, the complaint alleged a relationship between the Edwards campaign and CSI. The campaign, they say, paid CSI $76,866.80 in three separate payments to run a get-out-the-vote canvassing effort.[2]

Voter registration in Texas

CSI visited 55,000 households in Texas in March 2008 on behalf of the Obama campaign leading up to the state's primary.[3]

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