Will taxpayer funding for ACORN never go away?

posted at 3:48 pm on July 6, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Seriously. Didn’t Congress pass a law to defund this group? The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now still receives taxpayer funding through an offshoot group, The Daily Caller reports.

Legal watchdog group Judicial Watch discovered that the Obama administration’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a $79,819 grant to an ACORN offshoot, Affordable Housing Centers of America (AHCOA). …

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton told The Daily Caller this newly discovered grant appears to be in violation of an October 2009 law President Obama signed banning all funding of “ACORN and any ACORN-related affiliate.” …

“If President Obama is serious about the ACORN funding ban he signed in 2009, he’ll try to get to the bottom of this,” Fitton said, adding that Congress can withhold HUD’s funding and conduct oversight investigations into these new discoveries. “I think many members of Congress will be interested in this new development.”

Corrupt and discredited, ACORN still manages to snag taxpayer dollars? It’s possible HUD administration officials thought they were doing nothing wrong, of course. A controversial Government Accountability Office advisory opinion issued in September 2009 stated it considers AHCOA an entity sufficiently removed from ACORN to technically be able to escape the funding ban. But it seems HUD officials considered AHCOA to just be ACORN by another name: The HUD website referred to AHCOA as ‘ACORN HOUSING CORPORATION, INC.”

Really, though, what’s most dejecting about this is that administration officials would even flirt with the technicality. Whatever happened to avoiding “the narrow occasion of sin,” to wanting to avoid even the appearance of corruption? Taxpayers don’t want their hard-earned cash to go to ACORN’s causes, regardless of whether they are labeled as such, and government officials should respect that, not try to skirt the law.

It’s also dejecting to think Obama is highly unlikely to heed Fitton’s advice. What motivation does he have to follow up on this? Maybe he doesn’t want to be tainted with ACORN ties, but you can bet taxpayer bucks he hopes community organizers will “get out the vote” for him in whatever way possible.


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Obama lied? AGAIN?!

Washington Nearsider on July 6, 2011 at 3:51 PM

obama doesn’t care. Republicans in Congress, though having much more impt things on their plate at this moment, wouldn’t care either.

are we the only ones paying attention?

kelley in virginia on July 6, 2011 at 3:51 PM

Huh, who would have thought that bureaucracies being public lefty institutions are easily bent to nurturing private lefty institutions?

gwelf on July 6, 2011 at 3:53 PM

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OmahaConservative on July 6, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Another violation of LAW by Obama & Co.

What does it matter? The law is a joke, a toothless paper tiger.

CrazyGene on July 6, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Entitlements, corrupt or otherwise, go away? No. Unfortunately.

Lawrence on July 6, 2011 at 3:57 PM

obama doesn’t care. Republicans in Congress, though having much more impt things on their plate at this moment, wouldn’t care either.

are we the only ones paying attention?

kelley in virginia on July 6, 2011 at 3:51 PM

Unfortunately, this is a symptom of the fact that there is so much corruption in this administration that there’s just no way to tackle it all.

Caiwyn on July 6, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Lawless.

Mason on July 6, 2011 at 4:03 PM

IMPEACH the Dick Tater.

Roy Rogers on July 6, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Seriously. Didn’t Congress pass a law to defund this group?

He won. Laws are for sheep.

iurockhead on July 6, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Acorn is dead, long live Bcorn.

mad saint jack on July 6, 2011 at 4:12 PM

You don’t have to buy into everything he says, Tina, but you might listen to Glenn Beck once in a while. This crap wouldn’t surprise you then.

Extrafishy on July 6, 2011 at 4:12 PM

I think its hysterical ACORN was nothing more than a convenient stepping stone for Obama – of which he stabbed in the back once he “Won”…

Like Alice Palmer, racist Reverand Wright, Ayers…

The irony is rich on these corrupt fools.

Odie1941 on July 6, 2011 at 4:18 PM

I am shocked, shocked to hear about this violation of the law by Obambi’s Administration.

/snarc

Gothguy on July 6, 2011 at 4:20 PM

No surprise here, all they have done is change their names so they have a different one in each state, and it takes a spreadsheet and a lot of research to track them down.

By the way, many of Nazi stooge George Soros’s ventures have received federal government funding in the last ten years or so, to the tune of around $200m. Just make up a nice, happy sounding name for an organization and have someone slip in an earmark for you. It’s easy-peasy government-squeezy.

slickwillie2001 on July 6, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Remember when laws were relevant?

search4truth on July 6, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Money to keeps the troops happy. If they didn’t keep paying them they would probably have to get jobs.

darwin on July 6, 2011 at 4:48 PM

“If President Obama is serious about the ACORN funding ban he signed in 2009…”

If we’re going to deal with hypotheticals in the order of likelihood we’ll have a zombie invasion plan first. Then we can worry about Obama being serious about this ban.

gekkobear on July 6, 2011 at 4:54 PM

“If President Obama is serious about the ACORN funding ban he signed in 2009, he’ll try to get to the bottom of this,”

Yeah, he’ll get back to you RIGHT AFTER THE 2012 ELECTIONS!

GarandFan on July 6, 2011 at 5:11 PM

If you want to start cutting, start with ACORN, La Raza, public broadcasting, the NEA and all the goofy research studies like ants in east Africs. No children starve and Granny doesn’t die.

bw222 on July 6, 2011 at 5:15 PM

are we the only ones paying attention?

kelley in virginia on July 6, 2011 at 3:51 PM

‘Fraid so.

IrishEyes on July 6, 2011 at 5:27 PM

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ConservativePartyNow on July 6, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Interesting letter, virtually convicting him on hearsay alone. And did they send a similar letter to the Chief Justice who, according to multiple witnesses, went at him with her fists in a rage causing him to put up his hands in self-defense? Not holding my breath.

IrishEyes on July 6, 2011 at 5:29 PM

James, Hannah! To the pimpmobile!

thebrokenrattle on July 6, 2011 at 5:39 PM

It’s possible HUD administration officials thought they were doing nothing wrong, of course.

Oh sure! It’s possible….

There Goes The Neighborhood on July 7, 2011 at 2:33 AM