ACORN affiliate receives $300K in taxpayer dollars
posted at 11:45 am on September 17, 2011 by Howard Portnoy
ACORN, the disgraced community organization that was reportedly disbanded after its government funding was cut off, is alive and well and receiving cash transfusions of your money, according to The Daily Caller.
The website reports:
President Barack Obama’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded [a] $300,000 grant to [a] post-ACORN ally: The Affordable Housing Centers of America (AHCOA). The Obama administration awarded the money despite a 2010 law saying no taxpayer funds could be issued to ACORN “or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, or allied organizations.”
The “new” organization, which is reported to have the same Chicago address and phone number that ACORN Housing did, is part of a shell game the organization has been playing ever since its scandalous “end.” In January of this year, an organization called NY Communities for Change opened up on the site of ACORN headquarters in Brooklyn. NYCC continues to employ the same high-pressure tactics that ACORN did, to force banks to make risky loans, for example, but its actions are bankrolled by big labor.
AHCOA, in contrast, is receiving its funding directly from the federal government, even using the same Data Universal Number System (DUNS) code to apply for taxpayer-funded grants.
Both the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Obama administration assert that AHCOA is not “affiliated” or “allied” with ACORN, but that claim is based purely on a technicality. It relates to the legal definitions of the terms affiliated and allied, or as Bill Clinton might put it, “It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.”
The Daily Caller quoted Dan Epstein, executive director of the Freedom Through Justice Foundation, as stating that administration’s reading of the law is twisted and that the funneling of cash to AHCOA is a clear violation of the law. Says Epstein:
Congress acted to shutdown these mafia-like criminal enterprises from defrauding America. It’s time the administration follows the will of the people. We must not allow ACORN to continue to function as previously, simply with a new name.
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