States Erick Erickson:
Above is a word cloud of the associations in the Bertha Lewis contacts list we received. Some are legitimate business dealings. Forest City Ratner, for example, is both bailing out ACORN and relying on its support for its construction projects. But others are more intriguing.
The larger the name, the greater the frequency of the name appearing in the contacts list. For many years it has been speculated that SEIU and ACORN share a common foundation. This seems to suggest as much. In fact, in at least one appearance on the contacts list, an SEIU official has an ACORN email address.
Erickson focuses on ACORN's political connections, but I consider Forest City Ratner's presence just as intriguing. FCR is more prominent than any newspaper--an obvious contact for a media-savvy organization--or governmental group.
The association with FCR may be a legitimate (if highly controversial) business dealing, but it is notable how important it seems to Lewis and thus ACORN.