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Former ACORN Exec Pleads 'No Contest' to Election Fraud Conspiracy


LAS VEGAS (AP/TheBlaze) -- A former supervisor for the defunct political advocacy group ACORN has agreed to a plea deal in a case alleging that canvassers were illegally paid to register Nevada voters during the 2008 presidential campaign.

Amy Busefink, 28, of Seminole, Fla., pleaded the equivalent of a no-contest in state court to two misdemeanor counts of conspiracy to commit the crime of compensation for registration of voters. Her Alford plea acknowledged the state had evidence for a conviction at trial.

The plea agreement could get Busefink a year of probation, a $1,000 fine and 100 hours of community service.

Her lawyer, Kevin Stolworthy, says Busefink wants to "have some finality" in the case. For the past two years, Busefink has been linked to the embattled ACORN organization as a series of scandals has forced it into a recent bankruptcy.

In 2010, Busefink ran ACORN's national voter drive for the group's Project Vote subsidiary, a group which previously employed President Barack Obama in 1992.

ACORN filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Election Day as it faces mounting debts and a number of other voter fraud cases are still pending.

Writing for the American Spectator, long-time ACORN watchdog Matthew Vadum warns that the group's bankruptcy claim is merely a "public relations ruse."

"The group is reorgnizing and will reemerge again soon under a new name, according to ACORN historian and housing activist John Atlas," Vadum writes.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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