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Dreier: ACORN Didn’t Pay Me. As for Why I Didn’t Disclose My Work for Them, Let Me Just Say: OH MY GOD WHAT’S THAT THING OVER THERE?!?!?!

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:45 pm

Apropos the latest Big Government posts on Dreier, a little birdie told me Prof. Dreier was denying that his work for ACORN was paid. I thought I would ask him directly — and propound a couple other questions while I was at it:

Prof. Dreier,

I read your recent ACORN op-ed for the L.A. Times and I subsequently saw in your online C.V. that you have done consulting work for ACORN, and that you have served on their Advisory Committee. Did you get paid for the consulting work? Can you tell me more about the Advisory Committee — i.e. how many people are on it, how often do you meet, and what does this committee do? Finally, why did you not disclose these ties to ACORN in your piece?

I am seeking an on-the-record response for my blog. Thanks in advance for your time.

Yours truly,

Patrick Frey

Here is Dreier’s response. Note well what he answers — and what he does not:

I’ve never been paid by ACORN or any of its affiliates.

Peter Dreier

I sent this response:

Are you willing to answer my other questions?


But I think it’s pretty clear what the answer is. How can you answer questions for which you have no answer?


  1. “No habla ingles senor”

    just guessing at the next answer. %-)

    Comment by redc1c4 (fb8750) — 11/25/2009 @ 11:42 pm

  2. I’ve never been paid by ACORN or any of its affiliates.

    Does Dreier own a corporation that has received payments from Acorn?

    Or any other entity owned by Dreier?

    Family members of Dreier?

    Other types of renumeration other than cash?

    Those are a few right off the top of my head.

    Of course I guess Dreier could just be a guy that really believes in what Acorn does and wants to help out those underage prostitutes have a nice home to live in between tricks.

    Comment by MU789 (4e85ea) — 11/25/2009 @ 11:52 pm

  3. Exactly, Patterico! It wasn’t necessary for him to receive payment in order to have been an ideological supporter of ACORN. And why did he not disclose his ties (paid or unpaid) to the organization? Could it possibly be because he wanted to use his professorial title to lend credence to his (disguised) partisan opinion of the group?

    Comment by Icy Texan (917558) — 11/25/2009 @ 11:55 pm

  4. Patterico, you might want to ask if his UEPI has received any donations from ACORN? Or shared funds.

    Comment by Eric Blair (bc43a4) — 11/26/2009 @ 12:11 am

  5. It is the Charles Manson Defense.

    Comment by HeavenSent (01a566) — 11/26/2009 @ 4:54 am

  6. Mr Driers name comes up over at Big Government interestingly enough

    He is obviously more then a “little” connected to ACORN and should NEVER be given the job of writing about them because he is THEM!

    Comment by Jaded (018064) — 11/26/2009 @ 6:21 am

  7. Lying by omission – quel surprise.

    BTW, why was everyone up so late last evening? Turkey preparations?

    Comment by Dmac (a964d5) — 11/26/2009 @ 8:51 am

  8. Eric,

    What’s UEPI?

    Comment by DRJ (dee47d) — 11/26/2009 @ 12:39 pm

  9. Here you go, DRJ.

    They even have a “community organizing” office on Colorado Boulevard, off campus.


    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, DRJ. Truly.

    Comment by Eric Blair (bc43a4) — 11/26/2009 @ 1:35 pm

  10. Thanks, and the same to you and your family, Eric.

    Comment by DRJ (dee47d) — 11/26/2009 @ 1:37 pm

  11. UEPI = Urban & Environmental Policy Institute, a community oriented research and advocacy organization based at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA.

    UEPI, 2106 Colorado Blvd, Pasadena CA. Located between Allen and Sierra Madre Blvd.

    For those of us who navigate by landmarks, UEPI is across the street from the Travelodge, about one long block South of the original In-n-Out Burger on Foothill.

    Comment by ropelight (63c5b4) — 11/26/2009 @ 2:13 pm

  12. UEPI = Urban & Environmental Policy Institute, a community oriented research and advocacy organization based at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA.

    Did UEPI exist when Obama attended Occidental College?

    Comment by Ira (28a423) — 11/26/2009 @ 6:00 pm

  13. #12 Ira, click on Eric’s link at #9 above, it takes you to UEPI’s web site. Under Dreier’s picture there are links to his guest appearance on Rachael Maddow’s show. He’s represented as an authority on ACORN but there is no mention of his close association with the group.

    I find a UEP major at Occidental and courses going back to Spring 2001, but no stated date when the program or the Institute started. You can look up when Dreier came to Occidental and match that against Obama’s time there. It’s a start.

    Comment by ropelight (63c5b4) — 11/26/2009 @ 8:25 pm

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