Ring of Fire 2008: Part I

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Miguel Esteban was born in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, and currently resides in Orlando, Florida.

Ring of Fire 2008: Part I

My Wild Ride to the Bleeding Heart of ACORN's Last, Greatest, Voter Registration Drive

Authored by Miguel Esteban
Photographs by Miguel Esteban

Take a walk on the wild side of US politics in Ring of Fire 2008: My Wild Ride to the Bleeding Heart of ACORN's Last, Greatest, Voter Registration Drive by Miguel Esteban. What really happened during ACORN's controversial voter drive that did almost as much to hurt as it did to help Barack Obama get elected president of the United States in 2008? How widespread were the electoral shenanigans that prompted the Bush Administration, the FBI, the lamestream media, right-wing gotchagandists (and their little dogs too) to hound ACORN in numerous swing states as the presidential election was heating up and the US economy was melting down? In this era of SuperPACs, secret money and Web 2.0 "voter targeting" technology, how nonpartisan are the nonpartisan political campaigns unleashed by activist groups such as ACORN each election cycle? Is it true that ACORN not only perpetrated widespread voter registration fraud, but also helped cause the housing meltdown that precipitated the Great Recession, and if so, why wasn’t the organization bailed out by Uncle Sam? Now defunct, can ACORN's former not-for-profit empire best be described as “Anti-Poverty Inc.”? Were ACORN's "redshirts" communists? Un-American? Neo-progressives struggling to save America from itself? Such questions and more are explored in this freewheeling memoir authored by an unlikely political operative. Miguel Esteban was a young, Puerto Rican-American, starving artist who went from zero to hero after blowing the whistle on a conspiracy to commit voter registration fraud in early 2008, becoming an unlikely political operative upon getting promoted to the national ranks of ACORN's “PolOps” division--Project Vote--where his official job title, no joke, was Quality Control Czar #2. During 2008, ACORN collected over 1.3 million voter registrations, joining forces with a broad coalition of organizations to collectively spread the good news about "quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans" to nearly fifty million potential voters deemed least likely to cast a ballot because they were poor, minorities, or the youth. Miguel Esteban was one of them.

Publication Date:
147825615X / 9781478256151
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6.14" x 9.21"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Biography & Autobiography / Political

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