Robin Carnahan’s Involvement in ACORN Lawsuit

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Timeline ACORN letter to state agencies On Project Vote letterhead, Brian Mellor co-authors a letter to multiple state agencies “on behalf of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN)” accusing them of failing to comply with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) and threatening litigation. The letter alleges Carnahan made an effort to bring the agencies into compliance; her office was cc’ed. view the letter
Timeline Carnahan letter to state agencies Carnahan’s office follows Mellor’s letter with one of its own to state agencies notifying them of a Project Vote report that found them to be non-compliant with NVRA. Carnahan’s letters, signed by her deputy elections director Michael Bushmann, reiterate Project Vote’s litigation threat; Project Vote was cc’ed. view the letter
Timeline ACORN thanks Carnahan for being "helpful" ACORN files suit in federal court against Missouri public aid agencies and election authorities in Kansas City and St. Louis. ACORN said they did not name Carnahan in the lawsuit because she had been “helpful” on the issue. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, April 24, 2008)
Timeline ACORN and Carnahan's office "discuss" lawsuit ACORN lawyer Carlean Ponder sends a letter to Carnahan’s office regarding the pending lawsuit. In the letter, Ponder says it was a “pleasure meeting” with Carnahan staffers to “discuss” the pending lawsuit. view the letter
Timeline More ACORN/Carnahan discussions In an e-mail with the subject line “ACORN case - call,” ACORN lawyer Carlean Ponder asks Carnahan’s General Counsel Barbara Wood about “document production” and asserts she would like to speak with Wood “regarding an issue that was brought to the attention of the plaintiffs’ counsel during the depositions.” In a response to Ponder, Wood writes “10:30 tomorrow is fine” for a call. view the email
Timeline Carnahan's office rushes documents to ACORN Barbara Wood e-mails Carlean Ponder with documents requested by Ponder for “ACORN v. DSS.” view the email
Timeline ACORN/Carnahan's office discuss testimony in the lawsuit In an e-mail to Barbara Wood, Carlean Ponder requests testimony from Carnahan's office: "Please let me know Mr. Bushmann’s availability for the hearing." view the email
Timeline Federal judge sides with ACORN A federal judge sides with ACORN and orders the state to begin taking steps to help its clients register to vote. The state agrees to comply. (Associated Press, July 16, 2008)
Timeline More contacts between ACORN/Carnahan's office Brian Mellor, a lawyer representing ACORN, sends an e-mail to Barbara Wood titled “Richard Cairns number” that included the contact info for Cairns, another lawyer representing ACORN in the lawsuit. view the email
Timeline ACORN/Carnahan staff meet in Secretary of State's office In an e-mail to Wood, Project Vote counsel Nicole Kovite confirms a meeting scheduled for that day in the Secretary of State's office: "Yes, we can confirm our meeting Monday on December 8th at 11:00." view the email
Timeline Missouri settles with ACORN, pays them $450,000 "The State of Missouri agreed Thursday to pay $450,000 to a community organizing group to help settle a voter registration lawsuit it filed last year. The money would pay lawyers hired by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, in its suit against the Missouri Department of Social Services." (Kansas City Star, June 25, 2009)