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New White House aide part of effort to get artists to promote president's agenda

A scandal-prone Obama White House operative with close ties to ACORN has been chosen to lead a get-out-the-vote effort for Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign.

The Obama aide is Buffy Wicks, former deputy director of the White House Office of Public Engagement.

Wicks played a key role in the National Endowment for the Arts scandal documented by She took part in a now-infamous 2009 conference call in which Obama officials urged taxpayer-subsidized artists to produce artistic works that would help advance Obamacare and the rest of the president's radical policy objectives.

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"This is yet more evidence that Saul Alinsky disciple Barack Obama doesn't care about ethics and the integrity of the electoral system," said award-winning investigative journalist Matthew Vadum, author of the explosive new book "Subversion Inc.: How Obama's ACORN Red Shirts are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers."

Vadum, senior editor at Capital Research Center, a think tank that studies left-wing advocacy groups and their funders, has compiled the information from nearly three years of research and hundreds of interviews. His book tells the story behind the multinational criminal activist group ACORN, which has longstanding ties to President Obama and the Democratic National Committee.

Wicks will run a get-out-the-vote effort named after Project Vote, the branch of ACORN that employed Obama in 1992 and has become synonymous with election fraud in recent years. The "campaign-within-a-campaign" in 2012 will be named "Project Vote," according to a Politico report that conspicuously fails to note Wicks' leading role in the NEA propaganda scandal.

Obama was very successful as head of Project Vote in Illinois during the 1992 campaign. Many observers at the time credited Obama's organizing skills with getting the radical left-wing Democrat Carol Moseley Braun elected to the U.S. Senate. The voter drive also helped Obama cement his reputation as a master Saul Alinsky-inspired community organizer.

The original Project Vote is part of the ACORN network. It continues operating out of ACORN's old Washington, D.C., headquarters and works with the new ACORN front groups created after ACORN, the shell corporation that ran the network, filed for bankruptcy last year.

Marxist activist and academic Frances Fox Piven, co-creator of the Cloward-Piven Strategy of orchestrated crisis which calls for swamping welfare rolls with new recipients to bankrupt governments and cause chaos, sits on the board of Project Vote. Obama openly has endorsed the strategy, which is calculated to spur revolutionary violence and unrest to radically transformation American society, Vadum's book says.

ACORN officials acknowledge that the new front groups with names such as New York Communities for Change and Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment will come together under a new umbrella group to help re-elect President Obama next year, according to Vadum's book. ACORN also operates in Canada, Mexico, Honduras, Peru, Argentina, the Dominican Republic, the Czech Republic, Kenya, India and South Korea.

Vadum's book points out that there is no wall of separation between ACORN and Project Vote. On voter registration and mobilization campaigns, ACORN and Project Vote work together so closely that it is difficult, if not impossible, to tell the difference between the two supposedly separate entities. They share staff, office space and money.

The case of Amy Adele Busefink provides a useful illustration of the relationship between ACORN and Project Vote.

In Las Vegas, Busefink entered an "Alford plea," which is similar to a no-contest plea, in a major ACORN-approved voter fraud conspiracy. Nevada prosecutors described Busefink in court papers as an ACORN employee. The fraud arose out of the 2008 election cycle during which Busefink and another ACORN official ran an illegal scheme called "Blackjack" that gave cash bonuses to voter registration canvassers if they registered at least 21 voters per day.

Despite the criminal conviction, Busefink works at ACORN-affiliate Project Vote as a field director even now, according to the group's website.

"The mission of the new 'Project Vote,' the one that is part of the Obama campaign apparatus, will be the same as the old Project Vote: the manufacture of voters," Vadum told WND.

"The big goal here is to expand the electorate," an Obama campaign official told "Politico." "That's how we won in 2008, and we think that’s the path to victory again in 2012."

Wicks worked intimately with ACORN. She was employed by Wake Up Wal-Mart, which collaborated closely with ACORN and is modeled after ACORN's own anti-Wal-Mart affiliate W*A*R*N* (Wal-Mart Alliance for Reform Now). Wake Up Wal-Mart entered into a national partnership with ACORN in 2005.

It was two years ago that Wicks, acting on behalf of the White House, laid the foundation for the NEA propaganda scandal.

Writer and artist Patrick Courrielche reported at the time that the NEA, Corporation for National and Community Service and the White House encouraged "a handpicked, pro-Obama arts group to address politically controversial issues under contentious national debate."

Wicks acknowledged during the call that she was "actually in the White House and working toward furthering this agenda, this very aggressive agenda." She said, "We're going to come at you with some specific 'asks' here."

Yosi Sergant, then-communications director at the taxpayer-funded NEA, also was on the call encouraging artists to follow the administration's ethically dubious orders. Sergant was forced out of his government position after his involvement in the scandal was publicized.

Also on the call was Michael Skolnick, political director for hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons. Skolnick acknowledged the White House and the NEA "had the idea that I would help bring together the artist community." The purpose was "to support some of the president's initiatives," he said.

Three days after the teleconference an alliance of arts organizations, led by Americans for the Arts, which participated in the call, issued a press release that urged the creation of "a health care reform bill that will create a public health insurance option."

A few days later another group from the call, Rock the Vote, unveiled its own pro-Obama initiative.

"We can't stand by and listen to lies and deceit coming from those who are against reforming a broken system … Enough is Enough. We need designs that tell the country YES WE CARE! Young people demand health care."