OMB directs executive branch to cut ties to ACORN

posted at 11:36 am on October 8, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

While Congress wrestles with various ways to strip ACORN of any remaining federal funding, the White House has somewhat quietly begun to disconnect itself from the community-organizing group.  OMB director Peter Orszag yesterday sent the following compliance memo to “all Executive Branch agencies” to meet the requirements of the continuing resolutions that Congress have already passed to keep the government funded in the absence of a budget.  Orszag basically says to cut ACORN off immediately:

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MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
FROM: Peter R. Orszag Director
SUBJECT: Guidance on section 163 of the Continuing Resolution regarding the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN)

This memorandum provides guidance to Executive Branch agencies regarding the implementation of section 163 of the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2010, Division B of Pub. L. No. 111-68 (CR), which states:

SEC. 163. None of the funds made available by this joint resolution or any prior Act may be provided to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, or allied organizations.

Your agency must immediately commence all necessary and appropriate steps to comply with section 163. This includes the following:

  • No future obligations of funds. No agency or department should obligate or award any Federal funds to ACORN or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries or allied organizations (collectively “affiliates”) during the period of the CR. To the extent your agency already has determined that funds should be obligated or awarded to ACORN or its affiliates but has not yet entered into any agreement to provide such funds to ACORN or any of its affiliates, your agency should not provide such funds, or enter into any such agreements to do so. As section 163 makes clear, its prohibition applies not only to the funding that is made available by the CR, but also to the funding that was made available by previously enacted statutes. In addition, the text of section 163 is sufficiently broad to cover funding that was made available for fiscal year (FY) 2009 and prior fiscal years, as well as funding that is or will be made available for FY10.
  • Suspension of grant and contractual payments. If your agency has an existing contract or grant agreement with ACORN or its affiliates, the agency should: (i) where permissible, immediately suspend performance of any obligations under the contract or agreement, including payment of Federal funds; and (ii) consult promptly with the agency’s general counsel and, if necessary, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Department of Justice concerning the legal considerations that bear on the performance of such obligations under the existing contract or agreement.
  • No funding of ACORN and its affiliates through Federal grantees or contractors. Your agency should take steps so that no Federal funds are awarded or obligated by your grantees or contractors to ACORN or its affiliates as subgrantees, subcontractors, or other subrecipients. Because section 163 states that “[n]one of the funds . . . may be provided,” this prohibition applies not only to a direct recipient of Federal funds but also to a subrecipient (e.g., a subcontractor, subgrantee, or contractor of a grantee). We recommend that your agency:
    • notify all Federal grant and contract recipients of the prohibition contained in section 163, and provide them with a copy of this guidance document; and
    • advise all Federal grant and contract recipients (a) not to provide Federal funds to ACORN or its affiliates as subgrantees, subcontractors or other subrecipients, consistent with this guidance, and (b) to notify your agency of any existing subgrants, subcontracts or other subrecipient agreements with ACORN or its affiliates and of how the grantee or contractor is planning to comply with the prohibition with respect to those subgrants, subcontracts or subrecipient agreements.

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It seems as though the Obama administration has decided that ACORN isn’t worth defending as an ally any longer.  Of course, they have little choice but to comply with the law, which Congress passed, but some had speculated that the White House might try to either parse the language of Section 163 closely enough to keep some funds flowing to Obama’s old community-organizing partner, or challenge it more directly.  Jerrold Nadler argued in the House that the amendment amounted to a bill of attainder.

However, the White House has apparently seen this with more clarity than Nadler and other ACORN advocates.   First, Nadler’s simply incorrect about what a bill of attainder actually is, but more importantly, no national politician will benefit by defending ACORN while it offers advice on tax evasion and especially on running child prostitution rings, complete with video.  This is one thump under the bus that will surprise no one and makes both good sense and good policy.

Update: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) tells local station KTLK that the cut-off only runs through October, and that ACORN funding could be restored when Congress actually passes the FY2010 budget.


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Oba-ACORN knows nothing …

tarpon on October 8, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Update: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) tells local station KTLK that the cut-off only runs through October, and that ACORN funding could be restored when Congress actually passes the FY2010 budget.

Ah. Make a big pretense of distancing themselves from their brownshirts, while quietly helping them out later.

Goebbels has taught them well.

rbj on October 8, 2009 at 11:39 AM

We need more pitchforks.

bloviator on October 8, 2009 at 11:40 AM

The bus cometh!

ClanDerson on October 8, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Update: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) tells local station KTLK that the cut-off only runs through October, and that ACORN funding could be restored when Congress actually passes the FY2010 budget.

Failing that ACORN is too big and too important to the filthy lying coward. They will change their name, reorganize with the same street thugs and start getting federal funding as “Save the Unicorns” or some other front organization.

highhopes on October 8, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) tells local station KTLK that the cut-off only runs through October, and that ACORN funding could be restored when Congress actually passes the FY2010 budget

It is good to know that the federal government has a surplus of our money to spend on this organization.

WashJeff on October 8, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Any chance we can get any of our tax dollars back? Seriously.

Thank you, Rep. Michele Bachmann, for your vigilance and desire to tell us the truth.

publiuspen on October 8, 2009 at 11:43 AM

Peter Orszag – “Oh, and get another bus, this one is full”.

GarandFan on October 8, 2009 at 11:43 AM

Isn’t Mr. Orzag that nice young gentleman that the White House tried to strong arm earier this year? I wonder if this is another move by him or if the White House is really trying to disconnect?

Cindy Munford on October 8, 2009 at 11:44 AM

2009:Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN)

2010:International Community of Organizations for Reform Now (ICORN)

Big changes ahead. Big changes.

portlandon on October 8, 2009 at 11:44 AM

Sorry, I haven’t been following this ACORN story.

/ny times
/charlie gibson
/barack obama

LibTired on October 8, 2009 at 11:44 AM

Update: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) tells local station KTLK that the cut-off only runs through October, and that ACORN funding could be restored when Congress actually passes the FY2010 budget.

Of course. How else would poor, disadvantaged citizens figure out how to use smoke alarms?

Joe Caps on October 8, 2009 at 11:45 AM

I trust Bachmann more than Orszag.

d1carter on October 8, 2009 at 11:45 AM

All of this racism needs to stop…

catmman on October 8, 2009 at 11:45 AM

OMB directs executive branch to cut ties to ACORN

Too late. The Precedent’s ties with ACORN, including his campaign having intentionally lied about the over $800,000 they gave to an ACORN affiliate in the election (as if one could reasonably confuse a “get out the vote” drive with “lighting and stage expenses”), already make it worse than Watergate. The Precedent should be impeached and convicted for his ties to this criminal organization. It won’t happen, but if the GOP takes Congress I would hope that they move on it. Enough is enough.

progressoverpeace on October 8, 2009 at 11:45 AM

This is one thump under the bus that will surprise no one and makes both good sense and good policy.

I guess it made good sense to be in cahoots with them earlier then? How about good policy? If you have to throw someone under the bus that just means you with them before you were against them.

sammypants on October 8, 2009 at 11:47 AM

The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round.

The people under the bus go splat and squish, splat and squish, splat and squish…

RadClown on October 8, 2009 at 11:47 AM

Update: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) tells local station KTLK that the cut-off only runs through October, and that ACORN funding could be restored when Congress actually passes the FY2010 budget.

So, it means nothing. More wool pulled over American’s eyes.

bridgetown on October 8, 2009 at 11:48 AM

I’ll believe that Obama is really walking away from ACORN when I see a full out investigation in all states, including audits and inspection of ballots in MN.

texasconserv on October 8, 2009 at 11:48 AM

Didn’t Acorn just get a $1million grant from Homeland Security from money set aside for firefighting organizations? I wonder if this will affect that grant. No explanation on how Acorn provides firefighting services. Maybe it’s to help unionize firefighters?
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/oct/07/firefighters-lose-large-grant-to-acorn/

mbs on October 8, 2009 at 11:48 AM

I call bullsh**.

They’ll just give them money under some other guise.

Stephanie on October 8, 2009 at 11:49 AM

Liberal mindset: Temporary setback. The few weeks prior to passage of the 2010 budget should be adequate time for people to forget about what ACORN has done, so the congressional dems can slowly resume funding. One way or another, probably through indirect channels, liberals will find a funding stream to sustain ACORN.

anXdem on October 8, 2009 at 11:52 AM

Orszag basically says to cut ACORN off immediately:

BS.I dont just want OBAMACORN cut off, I want all the funding they have received from the taxpayers thus far paid back immediately.

canditaylor68 on October 8, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Keep up the good work Rep. Bachmann..you are one of the supreme leaders we have up there on the corrupted hill…. and for this I shall donate to your campaign…. a check will soon hit your mail box.
God Bless

hawkman on October 8, 2009 at 11:54 AM

Sad story. ACORN seemed like it had such quality people.

*smirk*

Cicero43 on October 8, 2009 at 11:54 AM

Cockroaches only scurry for cover. Wait for the lights to go out, and they’ll be back.

ProfShade on October 8, 2009 at 11:54 AM

I call bullsh**.

They’ll just give them money under some other guise.

Stephanie on October 8, 2009 at 11:49 AM

I see a new “organization” forming in a much friendlier locale…Chicago or LA. Meet the new ACORN – same as the old ACORN.

Laura in Maryland on October 8, 2009 at 11:56 AM

Update: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) tells local station KTLK that the cut-off only runs through October, and that ACORN funding could be restored when Congress actually passes the FY2010 budget.

Orszag’s compliance memo was intended as a distraction. But thanks to Michele Bachmann, that won’t be so easy now as before.

No doubt the 0-bots are scratching their heads to figure some way to put ACORN or its surrogates on life support, despite the bad PR.

petefrt on October 8, 2009 at 11:56 AM

Update: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) tells local station KTLK that the cut-off only runs through October, and that ACORN funding could be restored when Congress actually passes the FY2010 budget.

In other words, make it look like we’re cutting off funding but we’ll turn the teat back on in a month or two.

Watchdogs needed.

ted c on October 8, 2009 at 11:59 AM

“Failing that ACORN is too big and too important to the filthy lying coward. They will change their name, reorganize with the same street thugs and start getting federal funding as “Save the Unicorns” or some other front organization.

highhopes on October 8, 2009 at 11:42 AM”

And that is EXACTLY what will happen and EXACTLY why!

GoldenEagle4444 on October 8, 2009 at 12:01 PM

When he is in a pinch, I am going to tell my son to write a paper on the differences between ACORN and the usual local Democrat party community organization. It is sure to be a short paper.

IlikedAUH2O on October 8, 2009 at 12:03 PM

ACORN gets the Revrund Wright treatment.

Fletch54 on October 8, 2009 at 12:03 PM

Obama crack Acorn, and I don’t care
Obama crack Acorn, and I don’t care
Obama crack corn, and I don’t care
My master’s gone away…

Wyznowski on October 8, 2009 at 12:03 PM

This is just another version of three card monte, acorn style.

Obama is deeply wedded to acorn, the only nuts he has.

Dhuka on October 8, 2009 at 12:06 PM

I call bullsh**.

They’ll just give them money under some other guise.

Stephanie on October 8, 2009 at 11:49 AM

I agree. They can give money to any of the 300+ organizations that are not SUB-contractors to ACORN, for example. Then the money just gets laundered through CCI the MOAO (Mother of all orgs), and gets to ACORN that way.

Also, ACORN is going to be changed to COI (Community Organizations International), and that’s another possible loophole.

Finally, only until the 2010 budget??? What’s that, a month? Less?

Daggett on October 8, 2009 at 12:08 PM

We’re talking broken axles on this one.

This guy has absolutely no idea about loyalty. Even thieves will stick together, but not this head case. He’s burning more bridges that the USSR in 1941.

Hening on October 8, 2009 at 12:10 PM

ACORN Chicago did exactly that in 2008. They became Action Now or Act Now — I read this last week. I’m sure it was to make sure all the tracks of BO’s involvement with ACORN there would be covered up.

Rathke formed a new international organization = Community Organizations International = so that is something to keep an eye on as well.

Greyledge Gal on October 8, 2009 at 12:10 PM

Homeland Security just gave ACORN a million dollar grant a couple of days ago.

Blake on October 8, 2009 at 12:13 PM

Let em’ refund the pricks. Aren’t there a few more sting videos still waiting in the wings???

Run them after the thugs get their funding back, and then Congress can turn around and cut them off again. For good.

BigWyo on October 8, 2009 at 12:19 PM

Give them the money first and then cut it off for a little while.

GET.UNDER.THE.BUS.NOW. New acronym for the admin. to use.

Kissmygrits on October 8, 2009 at 12:21 PM

I’ll believe that Obama is really walking away from ACORN when I see a full out investigation in all states, including audits and inspection of ballots in MN.

texasconserv on October 8, 2009 at 11:48 AM

I’ll only believe it when his boss, George Soros, stops funding through the Tides Foundation and other organizations.

TXUS on October 8, 2009 at 12:22 PM

There’s lots of nuts besides Acorn out there.

Our tax dollars at work, doled out to another community organizer of the so-called poor:

Millions for Weatherizing Homes

Didn’t realize you need millions to weatherize homes for the winter in California.

PattyJ on October 8, 2009 at 12:26 PM

Isn’t Mr. Orzag that nice young gentleman that the White House tried to strong arm earier this year? I wonder if this is another move by him or if the White House is really trying to disconnect?

Cindy Munford

No. That’s DR. Elmendorf at the CBO. Orzag is the little douche that works for Obama, who can’t predict anything correctly. He puts together all the budget predictions etc. and has been way off on EVERYTHING. He should be fired.

JAM on October 8, 2009 at 12:30 PM

Love that screen cap..Ogabe Wan….

‘These is not da Hoes you be looking fo’

BigWyo on October 8, 2009 at 12:31 PM

SEIU is part of ACORN.

SEIU is all over everything Obama does.

mmmmmm mmmmmm mmmmmmm

gary4205 on October 8, 2009 at 12:42 PM

They don’t need ACORN you see, now they have Organizing for America. This is Obama’s baby that owns all of his files accumulated during the campaign of funders, volunteers, and staff given to the DNC to set up OFA. They are now in 49 of the 50 states and will be throughout all states and territories by years end. OFA tested their effectiveness by swooping in at the last minute in the Congressional race for Gillibrand’s seat when it looked like Tedisco would win. OFA converged on Albany at the last minute and flooded the district pulling the win for Murphy in a squeaker by 3%.

Look for this to happen in both the New Jersey and Virgina Governor’s races next. Expecially in New Jersey where they are working hard to increase voters for Corzine while covertly bleeding votes from Christie to the Indie nom Dagget who has gone from polling at 5% to nearly 15% since their arrival to “help” with the race just two weeks ago.

I suspect Obama will take over as a well-paid figurehead when his stint at the WH comes to a close. This really scary stuff for the GOP who has a hard time organizing their sock drawers.

wordsmithy2009 on October 8, 2009 at 12:50 PM

progressoverpeace on October 8, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Agree 100%.

Isn’t it wonderful to have a traitorous felon in the White House?

America must somehow have really hurt baby Osama Obama’s feelings somewhere along the line for him to feel so much hatred for us.

MrScribbler on October 8, 2009 at 12:50 PM

I believe at some point, Hussein will still have to answer for his involvment with this organization. You can run but you can’t hide!

BigMike252 on October 8, 2009 at 12:56 PM

Obama = Unindicted Co-Conspirator

BobMbx on October 8, 2009 at 12:57 PM

Homeland Security just gave ACORN a million dollar grant a couple of days ago.

Blake on October 8, 2009 at 12:13 PM

But see:

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/62021-fema-halts-acorn-grant-gop-lawmaker-praises-decision

BuckeyeSam on October 8, 2009 at 1:00 PM

While Congress wrestles with various ways to strip continue to fund ACORN of any remaining federal funding, the White House has somewhat quietly begun to disconnect itself from the community-organizing group.

…before the real connection to Obama is made.

This is way more realistic.

Schadenfreude on October 8, 2009 at 1:10 PM

before the real connection to Obama is made.

This is way more realistic.

Schadenfreude on October 8, 2009 at 1:10 PM

Same policy here as was used in the Blago phone tap. End the investigation now…it’s getting too close to Him.

Coming soon to your viewing screen:

Obama says: “As we’ve consistently said all along, ACORN is a corrupt, underhanded organization that promotes un-American activities. I am pleased to hear of, as a result of this office taking action to ferret out this activity, the convictions today of Wade and Bertha….um….Mr. Radke and Ms. Lewis”.

BobMbx on October 8, 2009 at 1:16 PM

Nadler is still supporting ACORN big time. Why no media hounding him about his then supporting tax evasion and teen hookers?

Jeff from WI on October 8, 2009 at 1:18 PM

2009:Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN)

2010:International Community of Organizations for Reform Now (ICORN)

Big changes ahead. Big changes.

portlandon on October 8, 2009 at 11:44 AM

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United
National
Institue of
Community
Organizers for
Reform
Now

Two birds with one stone, and all that.

iurockhead on October 8, 2009 at 1:26 PM

Great news: the federal government will finally stop funding THIS Democrat campaign machine, and fund one under a different name instead.

The institutionalized corruption is now officially over. And anyone who says it isn’t is a racist.

logis on October 8, 2009 at 1:49 PM

It seems as though the Obama administration has decided that ACORN isn’t worth defending as an ally any longer.

Wouldn’t you think that Obama and his men know of the finances as well as anyone else…and he knows the skeletons.
I think he knows exactly what is coming down, and it ain’t going to be pretty for anyone close to ACORN.
INCOMING……..

right2bright on October 8, 2009 at 2:06 PM

This seems a good place to post the email a friend sent me, so I will!!

BUCHANAN TO OBAMA
> By Patrick J. Buchanan
>
> Barack says we need to have a conversation about race in America. Fair enough. But this time, it has to be a two-way conversation. White America needs to be heard from, not just lectured to. This time, the Silent Majority needs to have its convictions, grievances and demands heard. And among them are these:
>
> First, America has been the best country on earth for black folks. It was here that 600,000 black people, brought from Africa in slave ships, grew into a community of 40 million, were introduced to Christian salvation, and reached the greatest levels of freedom and prosperity blacks have ever known. Wright ought to go down on his knees and thank God he is an American..
>
> Second, no people anywhere has done more to lift up blacks than white Americans. Untold trillions have been spent since the ’60s on welfare, food stamps, rent supplements, Section 8 housing, Pell grants, student loans, legal services, Medicaid, Earned Income Tax Credits and poverty programs designed to bring the African-American community into the mainstream. Governments, businesses and colleges have engaged in discrimination against white folks — with affirmative action, contract set-asides and quotas — to advance black applicants over white applicants. Churches, foundations, civic groups, schools and individuals all over America have donated their time and money to support soup kitchens, adult education, day care, retirement and nursing homes for blacks.
>
> We hear the grievances. Where is the gratitude???
>
> Barack talks about new ‘ladders of opportunity’ for blacks. Let him go to Altoona? And Johnstown, and ask the white kids in Catholic schools how many were visited lately by Ivy League recruiters handing out scholarships for ‘deserving’ white kids.? Is white America really responsible for the fact that the crime and incarceration rates for African-Americans are seven times those of white America? Is it really white America’s fault that illegitimacy in the African-American community has hit 70 percent and the black dropout rate from high schools in some cities has reached 50 percent?
>
> Is that the fault of white America or, first and foremost, a failure of the black community itself?
>
> As for racism, its ugliest manifestation is in interracial crime, and especially interracial crimes of violence. Is Barack Obama aware that while white criminals choose black victims 3 percent of the time, black criminals choose white victims 45 percent of the time?
>
> Is Barack aware that black-on-white rapes are 100 times more common than the reverse, that black-on-white robberies were 139 times as common in the first three years of this decade as the reverse?
>
> We have all heard ad nauseam from the Rev. Al about Tawana Brawley, the Duke rape case and Jena. And all turned out to be hoaxes. But about the epidemic of black assaults on whites that are real, we hear nothing.
>
> Sorry, Barack, some of us have heard it all before, about 40 years and 40 trillion tax dollars ago.
>
> This needs to be passed around because, this is a message everyone needs to hear!!!

stacy on October 8, 2009 at 2:17 PM

Or, they cut ties, so when facts come out during investigations, Obama can claim some of those disgruntled with the White House decision to ax them, were angry enough to create false accusations against him.

capejasmine on October 8, 2009 at 2:41 PM

While Congress wrestles with various ways to strip ACORN of any remaining federal funding, the White House has somewhat quietly begun to disconnect itself from the community-organizing group Crime Syndicate.

MB4 on October 8, 2009 at 3:27 PM

There is some trick at play. Bozo will not cut himself off from his soldiers for long.

dogsoldier on October 8, 2009 at 3:36 PM

Fire in the ho’.

Dhuka on October 8, 2009 at 5:22 PM

There is some trick at play. Bozo will not cut himself off from his soldiers for long.
dogsoldier on October 8, 2009 at 3:36 PM

No one ever said he would. Obama is only disavowing the acronym; not the organization itself. His soldiers will stay right where they are, and they’ll keep right on doing what they are doing.

logis on October 9, 2009 at 8:02 AM