From the GAI report:
The old time political machine has been replaced by these nonprofits and a system of patronage now operates with the imprimatur of the DOJ. The DOJ has instituted a system that provides significant funding for nonprofit “community organizers” through a pattern of extortive lawsuits. This system, wherein appointed attorneys can legally extract money from the private sector and redistribute the funds to third-party organizations outside of the appropriations process, shows an unprecedented and extraordinary disregard for Congressional authority.
Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA) is one of those favorite organizations of Obama. The name sounds innocuous, but this group has a lot of power and money designated for mortgages. They also register people to vote.
“They do ask that everyone is registered to vote. They don’t force you to do it, but when you come in for your intake, and you do your initial application [for a mortgage], you are handed a voter registration form.” Applicants were also asked to perform various acts of “community service” for NACA, which typically involved political activity, such as attending protests or writing to Congress.
In early 2009, in the midst of a wave of foreclosures as a result of the 2007-8 subprime mortgage crisis, groups like NACA used old-style intimidation tactics to “terrorize” bankers personally, including by targeting bankers’ children at their schools.