ACORN now losing private foundation grants

posted at 8:48 am on October 5, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

ACORN has seen its stock plummet where it matters most in just a matter of weeks after undercover videos showed multiple locations assisting journalists in their proclaimed quest to traffic underaged girls from El Salvador into prostitution.  First, Congress moved to bar the community organizing group from receiving funds, which made ACORN’s CEO, Bertha Lewis, both complain about unfair treatment and scoff at the notion that they needed public funds in the first place.  However, as the Washington Post reports, the private sector has begun distancing itself from ACORN at light speed, too:

The Ford Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Marguerite Casey Foundation and Bank of America have stopped funding the group and its affiliates over the past year and a half.

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, a network that helps low-income families with housing, voter registration and other issues, receives about 10 percent of its $25 million annual budget from federal grants, according to Brian Kettenring, deputy director of national operations. The rest comes from foundations, membership dues and private donations.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation stopped making grants to ACORN in early 2009, according to spokeswoman Sue Lin Chong. The Casey foundation gave an average of $270,000 a year to ACORN. The foundation saw good results from the grants and believes the funding was used appropriately, according to Cho.

The Ford Foundation, which has given nearly $2 million, suspended funding for ACORN and its affiliate organizations about a year ago because of concerns about inadequate financial controls and procedures, according to spokeswoman Fiona R. Guthrie.

The timing of this could not possibly be worse.  Anyone working with nonprofits at this time knows that donations have dried up anyway, thanks to a crashing economy.  Foundations have tightened the pursestrings on grants as they struggle to contain the losses to their endowments from the market drop of the last two years.

These groups have to become a lot more particular in their giving anyway — and ACORN made it very easy for many of them to choose other causes this year.  These foundations have to worry about their own reputations, especially now, and funding a group that blithely offers legal advice on tax evasion and child prostitution is the last thing they need for their status in their communities.  Some of these foundations also rely on contributions, and they know that passing the money to ACORN will mean fewer donations and a PR battle they’d just as soon avoid.

At some point today or tomorrow, expect Lewis to continue her Baghdad Bob impression and claim that ACORN didn’t need the private foundation money, either.  Until ACORN cleans house — and that means getting rid of Lewis and any of the rest of the apologists for the people giving tax-evasion and pimping lessons out of ACORN offices — the organization will find out how well it runs on nothing at all, a level to which it is quickly descending.

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It’s about time…they don’t need to reform…they need to go away.

And we need to keep reminding everyone that ACORN = Obama.

AUINSC on October 5, 2009 at 8:51 AM

Keep the ball rolling down hill…more will surely follow when the snowball grows bigger and bigger.

hawkman on October 5, 2009 at 8:51 AM

Great news. It is time to chop down that tree.

bopbottle on October 5, 2009 at 8:52 AM

trouble is SEIU and others still get money and it’s still the same corrupt socialist morons.

gsherin on October 5, 2009 at 8:53 AM

Just like the acorns here in N.J., which are dropping to the street and being crushed up big time, I hope the same goes for this rotten bunch.

Jerome Horwitz on October 5, 2009 at 8:54 AM

Until ACORN cleans house —

ACORN does not need to clean “house”.

Instead, the “house” that once was this ruthlessly corrupt and vile organization should be burned down, the remaining ashes buried deep in the earth in an unmarked grave, and the very ground the “house” formerly stood on should be strewn with salt.

pilamaye on October 5, 2009 at 8:55 AM

Noticed that the Soros and Tereza Heinz funded Tides Foundation wasn’t on the list.

We’ll only know ACORN is history… when they pull the plug.

TXUS on October 5, 2009 at 8:55 AM

I’m reminded of this scene from “Animal House”.

flipflop on October 5, 2009 at 8:56 AM

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, a network that helps low-income families with housing, voter registration and other issues,

Why do they keep writing this?

It’s like saying “The Klan, a network that works for the rights of Appalachian families with yard-heating, costume-making and other issues.”

The Ford Foundation, which has given nearly $2 million, suspended funding for ACORN and its affiliate organizations about a year ago because of concerns about inadequate financial controls and procedures, according to spokeswoman Fiona R. Guthrie.

You lose the Ford Foundation… that says something. They support “Keep Left” road signs just to be sure they’re on the “progressive” side of the traffic movement.

mankai on October 5, 2009 at 8:56 AM

Until ACORN cleans house — and that means getting rid of Lewis and any of the rest of the apologists for the people giving tax-evasion and pimping lessons out of ACORN offices — the organization will find out how well it runs on nothing at all, a level to which it is quickly descending.

No, no, a thousand times no.

There should be no tolerance for an organization that is plainly a criminal enterprise.

Would we expect such tolerance of the American Red Cross should they have exhibited such corruption? No, we would not.

May they continue to wither on the vine and those who have corrupted our political system be prosecuted and sent to prison.

turfmann on October 5, 2009 at 9:00 AM

I’m glad to see that these large foundations are dropping ACORN. I believe I’m correct when I say that these large foundations (which have 501(c)(3) public-charity status) and private “family” foundation (which generally don’t have 501(c)(3) public-charity status) are, nevertheless, limited in the kinds of organization to which they can make grants–those donee organizations must have 501(c)(3) public-charity status. So, the IRS needs to revoke the 501(c)(3) public-charity status of those ACORN entities that currently enjoy it.

Remember, 501(c)(3) public-charity status is not a right–it’s a privilege.

BuckeyeSam on October 5, 2009 at 9:01 AM

I thought ACORN was rolling in money from supporters upset with the “unConstitutional” withholding of federal funds (my Congressman’s justification for voting against the defund ACORN act).

Bottom line, if a group as liberal as the Ford Foundation witholds money from your organization, you’re in pretty dire straights.

highhopes on October 5, 2009 at 9:01 AM

Time to put all the eggs in the “sue everybody” basket, eh Wade?

Red Cloud on October 5, 2009 at 9:02 AM

Poor Bertha, forced to resign and then what, she retires to Bermuda with the $100 million she embezzled from ACORN.

The entire command structure of that dumphole needs to be investigated down to the last penny and the guilty tossed into Folsom.

Bishop on October 5, 2009 at 9:02 AM

I want to see the connection between ACORN and the voting fraud that gave us the Bozo-in-chief. I know nothing will come of it, but I’d like his illegitimacy highlighted.

anniekc on October 5, 2009 at 9:03 AM

I wonder if they will appeal to Roman Polanski?

rbj on October 5, 2009 at 9:03 AM

Bishop on October 5, 2009 at 9:02 AM

Well, that will Barry something to do on January 19, 2013… signing all those pardons takes time.

mankai on October 5, 2009 at 9:04 AM

Bummer for them.

Think of the damage they would be doing to America right now if the alternative media had not been on this story.

Unbelievable.

watson007 on October 5, 2009 at 9:07 AM

NUTS!

Mr. Joe on October 5, 2009 at 9:10 AM

Until the KKK cleans house…

Some things are just irredeemable. ACORN was designed to destroy America. Period.

It deserves no funding from anyone, least of all the govt and tax-exempt foundations.

Akzed on October 5, 2009 at 9:10 AM

Couldn’t have happened to any nicer shake down artists.

the_nile on October 5, 2009 at 9:10 AM

ACORN now losing private foundation grants

Meh, Tides Foundation and George Soros will just make up the difference.

Branch Rickey on October 5, 2009 at 9:11 AM

I’m waiting for the next chapter on ACORN. John Fund says there’s a lot more yet to come out on it.

SEIU seems to still be mostly under the radar, no?

petefrt on October 5, 2009 at 9:13 AM

To ACORN, cleaning house means getting sneakier at breaking the law. Yes, they need to simply go away.

csdeven on October 5, 2009 at 9:17 AM

The entire command structure of that dumphole needs to be investigated down to the last penny and the guilty tossed into Folsom.

Bishop on October 5, 2009

Now that’s a tax-funded institution worthy of support.

SKYFOX on October 5, 2009 at 9:18 AM

Since most of the “donations” would have been consider extortion payments by the average citizens of the U.S. this can only be consider fitting.

Cindy Munford on October 5, 2009 at 9:18 AM

So, I know Washington passed some bills that cut off funds. But have any of those bills made it into law? Has ACORN actually lost money? Or have the shysters in Congress just made an empty symbolic gesture in that direction?

hawksruleva on October 5, 2009 at 9:18 AM

Meh, Tides Foundation and George Soros will just make up the difference.

Branch Rickey on October 5, 2009 at 9:11 AM

And the foundations can just give their money to Tides, anyway.

hawksruleva on October 5, 2009 at 9:19 AM

So, I know Washington passed some bills that cut off funds. But have any of those bills made it into law? Has ACORN actually lost money? Or have the shysters in Congress just made an empty symbolic gesture in that direction?

hawksruleva on October 5, 2009 at 9:18 AM

No, Obama has not signed them yet. He will though. He and Congress can stall, but if ACORN gets another dime of taxpayer money, the Dems will suffer a huge political backlash.

Doughboy on October 5, 2009 at 9:20 AM

Kudos to brave Americans who provide the alternative media with documentary proof for court cases to bring down corruption.

ACORN has become a liability for EVERYONE including Obama. And we know what Obama does with political liabilities.

Just as they wrote a Federal Health Bill enabling the IRS to fine citizens $50,000. and jail time for not conforming to new laws that will never be adequately defined prior to “too late” prosecution, Democrats and this Obama administration LOVE enacting powers to RETROACTIVELY prosecute without any time limits for tax issues.

In the future, should a particular person or industry (whom the democrat Marxists determine to target) have ANY record of involvement with such a liability as ACORN (making a tax deductible contribution to a corrupt organization, particularly since ACORN has been publicly exposed as CORRUPT,) the federal forces will come down without mercy on whomever they determine to target, regardless of reputation or lack thereof. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

maverick muse on October 5, 2009 at 9:22 AM

nuts

you’re gonna Love My Nuts -

——vince

poppieseeds on October 5, 2009 at 9:22 AM

ACORN, by definition of what it does, can not ever be honest and above board. When the Feds, and charities need an organization to go out and register people simply because they don’t have a brain in their head and are too stupid to be able to figure to register to vote, you’ll always have corruption. When you help to loan money to people to buy a home,that have the credit history of a crack addict, you’ll always have corruption.

It’s simple, there are people too poor to buy a home, and too stupid to be able to vote or so apathetic they have no clue of the issues and shouldn’t vote then anyway.

Jeff from WI on October 5, 2009 at 9:23 AM

And the foundations can just give their money to Tides, anyway.

hawksruleva on October 5, 2009 at 9:19 AM

They can’t do this and remain tax exempt themselves. Soros has a million other leftist money pits he can use.

ACORN is in its death throes. All that remains is for the IRS to revoke its tax exempt status.

unclesmrgol on October 5, 2009 at 9:24 AM

Many of these places were just paying ACORN to leave them alone. So this is the perfect excuse. I’m glad these guys are getting out from under the thumb of ACORN.

Daggett on October 5, 2009 at 9:27 AM

the Dems will suffer a huge political backlash.

Doughboy on October 5, 2009 at 9:20 AM

I caught the headlined article over the weekend that Democrats facing a loss in re-election are throwing in their votes to the authoritarian bills, ObamaCare martyrs. These jack@sses would vote to sustain ACORN, the organization that delivers corruption on call. When Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac were exposed as corrupt, the dems denounced the inspectors and promoted further federal corruption. Barney Franks is still around as powerful as ever.

maverick muse on October 5, 2009 at 9:29 AM

What is the essential difference between donating to ACORN and paying “protection money” to the thugs who visit your store or business?

Same shakedown.

America turned a blind eye to the Rainbow Coalition [a Chicago enterprise] and ACORN took advantage of the public acceptance of RC to fashion their own criminal enterprise. Now, if we had a DoJ that was actually interested in taking down organized crime, we might have some hope that ACORN would be held accountable for their actions. Lots of silence from DoJ on this one. No surprise at all in that regard.

coldwarrior on October 5, 2009 at 9:31 AM

Adult
Child
Organized
Rape
Network

You mean that’s not okay?

Mojave Mark on October 5, 2009 at 9:32 AM

And Brietbart STILL has more videos in the bag! I may be wrong, but it seems to me that one of his “hints” suggested that he has footage of Giles and O’Keefe offering their story to the major networks and being TURNED DOWN! I would love it if it were true. ACORN has tentacles and they wrap around SEIU and many others. I think that as ACORN starts to fall, it’ll pull down a lot of others with it.

parteagirl on October 5, 2009 at 9:32 AM

http://gatewaypundit.blogspot.com/2009/10/breaking-obamas-white-house-acorn.html

Gateway pundit is reporting that Mr. Patrick Gaspard, an Obama insider and former right-hand-man for Bertha Lewis, is tied to a scandal involving paying rapists/felons to conduct D2D voter registration. The organization was fined nearly a million bucks for this.

So, I contacted my congressman and Senators and, once again, asked what does it take for ACORN to have a RICO investigation initiated.

—and no response….

ted c on October 5, 2009 at 9:36 AM

It’s simple, there are people… too stupid to be able to vote or so apathetic they have no clue of the issues and shouldn’t vote then anyway.

Jeff from WI on October 5, 2009 at 9:23 AM

I would go even further. Voter registration should be made strictly voluntary and any organized efforts to seek, induce, or coerce an individual to register should be outlawed.

The forms, of course, should be made readily available at the appropriate governmental locations.

If an individual doesn’t care enough to register on their own, they have no business actually casting a vote.

TXUS on October 5, 2009 at 9:38 AM

Lots of silence from DoJ on this one. No surprise at all in that regard.

coldwarrior on October 5, 2009 at 9:31 AM

I’d go so far as to note that the DoJ is actively ordering cases against corruption be dismissed, as the established case against the Phil.NewBlackPanthers was ordered closed.

maverick muse on October 5, 2009 at 9:42 AM

The sooner everyone involved in ACORN is in jail, the better.

Dusty on October 5, 2009 at 9:59 AM

“Halp us, Jorge Soaros….”

James on October 5, 2009 at 9:59 AM

ACORN most assuradly STOLE the caucuses for Obama by filling them with their people to run roughshod, and fraud forms and names at them.
Watch “we will not be silenced” on utube and see the people who were there explain just what was done and how they did it. The caucus process represents 1% of voters I think they said, yet over 600 delegates were won for Obama in this corrupted process. Thus why Hillary won the big states, yet lost in delegates.
Why states like Texas are not picking apart the forms turned in by these people, and making public just what happened is a treasonous act on Americans, and their voting rights. These corrupt registrars that DID NOT do their duty to vet Obama’s elegibility as is their sworn duty, and those that are letting this caucus process continue knowing it has been corrupted should be an imprisonable offence.

patriotparty1 on October 5, 2009 at 10:01 AM

inadequate financial control…are you kiddin’ me. Do any of these foundations actually research any of the outfits they give money to, if not I may start a group to help chipmonks survive winter. Knowing that Acorn was defunded somewhat due to the market crash, I will call my losses a sacrifice to the cause.

Kissmygrits on October 5, 2009 at 10:18 AM

I’d go so far as to note that the DoJ is actively ordering cases against corruption be dismissed, as the established case against the Phil.NewBlackPanthers was ordered closed.

maverick muse on October 5, 2009 at 9:42 AM

Don’t forget the wrongful termination of the Americorps IG because he was asking too many questions that were leading back to the filthy lying coward in the White House.

highhopes on October 5, 2009 at 10:29 AM

This is the time for the FBI to step in with a RICO case against ACORN and deal a death blow to the organization.

jonezee on October 5, 2009 at 10:40 AM

Slimey Podesta is on ACORN’s board. He works for Soros at Center for American Progress.

seven on October 5, 2009 at 10:49 AM

I would go even further. Voter registration should be made strictly voluntary and any organized efforts to seek, induce, or coerce an individual to register should be outlawed.

The forms, of course, should be made readily available at the appropriate governmental locations.

If an individual doesn’t care enough to register on their own, they have no business actually casting a vote.

TXUS on October 5, 2009 at 9:38 AM

I agree. In addition, I’d go further by requiring a picture ID voter card, and raise drastically the penalties for anyone caught voting illegally.

Jeff from WI on October 5, 2009 at 10:51 AM

I’m sure there are a boatload of companies that were being extorted by ACORN, that are just now getting the courage to stand up for themselves.

I still cannot believe that two kids brought this villainous organization to its knees.

TampaBayBull on October 5, 2009 at 10:55 AM

SEIU is next.

Monthly visits to the WH will suddenly cease.

Three months from now Obama is going to be throwing sand like a cat in it’s litter box. The stinky evidence of connections must be covered up.

Yoop on October 5, 2009 at 11:01 AM

I still cannot believe that two kids brought this villainous organization to its knees.

TampaBayBull on October 5, 2009 at 10:55 AM

Investment by two kids with guts. $3,000

One video camera $300

Many dumb employees on taxpayer’s dollar. $ millions

ACORN total implosion. PRICELESS

Yoop on October 5, 2009 at 11:08 AM

you’re gonna Love My Nuts -
——vince

poppieseeds on October 5, 2009 at 9:22 AM

Somehow I think this would be a great bumper sticker:
ACORN–your gonna Love My Nuts!

lovingmyUSA on October 5, 2009 at 11:13 AM

It must be autumn because ACORNs are falling.

RobCon on October 5, 2009 at 11:22 AM

You lose the Ford Foundation… that says something. They support “Keep Left” road signs just to be sure they’re on the “progressive” side of the traffic movement.

mankai on October 5, 2009 at 8:56 AM

True. The Ford Foundation has probably been the single biggest contributor to all such groups for decades.

Connie on October 5, 2009 at 11:27 AM

But Surely the Tide foundation – George Soros is still coming through for ACORN. He knows how to throw good money after bad. Check out the videos on Chickaboomer’s post about Imus’s debut on Fox Business News this morning he had on Glenn Beck this morning, both the videos are from Media Matters.

Nothing has changed it’s the same old same old. As Long as people like billionaire George Soros keeps funding dubious enterprises.

Dr Evil on October 5, 2009 at 1:17 PM

The timing of this could not possibly be worse better.

FIFY.

rmgraha on October 5, 2009 at 2:10 PM

We must keep our collective feet on the ACORN throat…

PRESS ON!

Khun Joe on October 5, 2009 at 2:14 PM

Any organization that originally rose from an attempt to force socialism on America by getting everyone on welfare doesn’t deserve a chance to live.

G-d Bless you, Hannah and James!

BlueStateBilly on October 5, 2009 at 2:30 PM

When a ‘reform’ organization itself needs reform, then it has failed in its primary mission. That is worse than the original problem and turns the ‘reformers’ into an organization that is part of the problem, not a solution. At this point anything it ‘reforms’ into will be more Cthulhoid – evil, shapeless, without recognizable form as its past history twists its future.

This enterprise is criminal, uses subsidiaries to mask what it does and needs a Nation-wide RICO investigation.

ajacksonian on October 5, 2009 at 2:35 PM

Let me know when people actually go to jail, otherwise nothing is stopping them from opening another business and hiring the same people. Its corrupt, and people should go to prison, especially those in government.

Conservative Voice on October 5, 2009 at 6:09 PM

An internal review by the board of directors of the community organization ACORN determined that the amount allegedly embezzled from the community organization was $5 million, well more than the previously reported amount of nearly $1 million, according to a new subpoena in an investigation by Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell.

The subpoena, released this afternoon, says, “It is still unclear if some of the monies embezzled are from state, federal or private funds.”

J_Crater on October 5, 2009 at 7:08 PM