One of the most articulate, knowledgeable Homeowners Rights advocates in America is Arizona’s George Staropoli. When he makes a prediction you can bet on it. In his current blog, linked below, he says the Community Associations Institute (CAI) is turning its massive lobbying arm into a lobbying effort specifically targeting the U.S. Congress.
CAI is an extremely deceptive organization that turns George Orwell’s Animal Farm on its head. Up is down and down is up, good is bad and bad is good, all animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others. CAI is drowning Congressmen and Senators in the blatant lie that it represents the ‘collective’ rights and interests of all homeowners.
CAI’s website has a more honest depiction of its own organization. It says it represents 44 billion dollars worth of American real estate. What CAI will NEVER tell you is:
the billions of dollars in fines against homeowners it has encouraged or precipitated,
the hundreds of thousands of American homeowners it has helped bankrupt,
the massive numbers of embezzlements from Homeowners Associations by HOA insiders,
the numbers of murders and suicides precipitated after raw harrassment of homeowners,
the billions and billions of dollars in HOA dues and homeowners’ legal fees it helped divert to private pockets,
the complete fabrication that HOAs protect and preserve property value.
During the years of prohibition, Al Capone and his cronies made a fortune in illegal activities surrounding the illegal importation of alcohol. His corruption and his ability to corrupt public figures led to the explosion of La Cosa Nostra. Our Thing. The Mafia. It would be outrageous to think of such an organized crime effort creating a legal lobbying arm to twist the arms and the minds of the dimwits in Congress.
But anyone who takes a closer look at the Community Associations Institute will see how it got its start as a public ‘education’ organization, and then twisted itself into a private lobbying group that made massive profits referring HOA matters to its own ‘preferred’ phalanx of lawyers and service providers. If you’re anywhere close to the CAI, you’re going to get rich. Money from the pockets of dismayed homeowners will pour directly into yours.
CAI won’t tell you that dozens of its members or affiliates were indicted, arrested, committed ‘suicide’, or are facing racketeering charges in the current federal investigation in Las Vegas.
CAI won’t tell you that.
But I will.
And our movement is growing.
You are 100% correct about the CAI. After 3 long years, we were finally able to convince our board, that the “Gambino Family” was not worthy of our $2 per door yearly contrubtion.
It sickens me that any HOA would support these self-righteous, self-serving, egotistical derelicts. We now support our local crime prevention programs vs setting our homeowners money on fire by giving it to the CAI.
If you think your voices are not being heard, think again. I utilized a number of your posts and those of George Staropoli, to convince my board, to terminate our yearly contributions.
Its doubtful the CAI will miss our money however, it sure feels good to know, that we are no-longer supporting orginaized crime!