By Stanley Kurtz, National Review Online, June 07, 2012 –

Obama, others in cover photo in pamphlet of
socialist New Party, which he joined in 1996

On the evening of January 11, 1996, while Mitt Romney was in the final years of his
run as the head of Bain Capital, Barack Obama formally joined the New Party, which
was deeply hostile to the mainstream of the Democratic Party and even to American

In 2008, candidate Obama deceived the American public about his potentially damaging
tie to this third party. The issue remains as fresh as today’s headlines, as Romney argues
that Obama is trying to move the United States toward European-style social democracy,
which was precisely the New Party’s goal. …

Recently obtained evidence from the updated records of Illinois ACORN at the
Wisconsin Historical Society now definitively establishes that Obama was a member of
the New Party. He also signed a “contract” promising to publicly support and associate
himself with the New Party while in office. …

Why did Obama deny his ties to ACORN? The group was notorious in 2008 for thug
tactics, fraudulent voter registrations, and its role in popularizing risky subprime lending.

Admitting that he had helped to fund ACORN’s voter-registration efforts and train
some of their organizers would doubtless have been an embarrassment but not likely a
crippling blow to his campaign.

So why not simply confess the tie and make light of it? The problem for Obama was
ACORN’s political arm, the New Party.