ACORN files lawsuit over loss of federal funding

HA! That is almost comical, but its true…YAY Acorn are going to waste more of our tax payers dollars, becuase they will have to spend Tax Payers money to fight it.

According to CNN’s The ticker Acorn files lawsuit over loss of federal funding – The congressional appropriations resolution specifically provides that no federal dollars be provided to ACORN “or any of ACORN’s affiliates, subsidiaries, or allied organizations.”
In a release announcing the suit, an attorney for ACORN said Congress had overstepped its authority in singling out the organization for denial of federal funding.

“It’s not the job of Congress to be the judge, jury, and executioner,” Jules Lobel, an attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights, said in the statement. “We have due process in this country, and our Constitution forbids lawmakers from singling out a person or group for punishment without a fair investigation and trial. Congress, as well as individuals and organizations must abide by the rule of law.”

ACORN’s lawsuit alleges that Congress’ action is unconstitutional and seeks a court order prohibiting the federal government enforcing or complying with the congressional resolution.

The community organizing group came under increasing scrutiny in recent months after the release of videos produced by two conservative activists. The conservative filmmakers, posing as a pimp and a prostitute, sought advice from ACORN employees on setting up a brothel with underage girls from El Salvador. The activists recorded the videos in Baltimore and three other cities. The tapes show ACORN employees suggesting or condoning a series of illicit actions.

Published in: on November 12, 2009 at 1:54 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Naughty, naughty, ACORN! (And history of ACORN) UPDATED

DSCF1170Finally, after all four (and I’m going to say so far) videos have surfurced, the most recent one in San Diego, CA have ACORN done something other than just terminate the employees, is also do a hiring freeze

Bertha Lewis ACORN’s CEO, who just the other day threatened legal action with the undercover videos, has taken another turn and said We have all been deeply disturbed by what we’ve seen in some of these videos. I must say on behalf of ACORN’s board and our Advisory Council that we will go to whatever lengths necessary to re-establish the public trust.”

So what are those steps?
An immediate halt in hiring for all ACORN offices, an immediate training program for all front-line staff and selection of an independent auditor by the end of this week.

As the announcement was made, FBI Director Robert Mueller appeared on Capitol Hill for a wide-ranging oversight hearing, and when asked about ACORN, he signaled a potential federal investigation of the organization.

As he should, ACORN is largely operated by Tax payers funds, directly and indirectly even though the webiste says otherwise and over the past 2 weeks we have had several people arrested and now the videos.

So who is ACORN anyway?

ACORN — the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now — bills itself as the nation’s largest grassroots community organization of low- and moderate-income people, with more than 400,000 member families organized within 1,200 neighborhood chapters in 110 cities across the U.S.

Among other priorities, the organization strives for improved housing and wages for the poor, increased community development investment from institutions and banks, increased voter registration and affordable health care.

However ACORN has had a history if shady dealing$

Originally named the Arkansas Community Organizations for Reform Now, ACORN was founded as a nonprofit, nonpartisan entity in 1970 by Wade Rathke, a follower of George Wiley, founder of the National Welfare Rights Organization. Rathke stepped down from his post as chief organizer in 2008 after it was revealed that his brother Dale had embezzled nearly $1 million of ACORN funds eight years earlier.

In 1972, ACORN made it first foray into electoral politics when it held a “Save the City Rally” in Little Rock, Ark., and subsequently backed two candidates for the Little Rock School Board through its Political Action Committee. National conventions and actions during the following years led to an entry into national politics during the presidential campaign of 1980, when ACORN applied pressure to candidates during the nomination process when those candidates were in most need of grassroots support, a “specialty” of the group, according to its Web site.

Despite ACORN’s successes in a wide array of areas — including the targeting of predatory lending practices, advocacy that led to local living wage laws in 15 major U.S. cities and fundraising drives for victims of Hurricane Katrina and many others — the organization has been marred by controversies including the embezzlement case against Dale Rathke, voter registration fraud by some of its workers and, most recently, hidden-camera operations that depicted employee misconduct in several cities, including Washington, D.C., Baltimore and New York.

During the 2008 presidential election alone, ACORN reportedly gathered more than 1.3 million voter registration forms in 21 states, many of which were later flagged for official review. Ultimately, roughly 400,000 of those registrations were rejected as incomplete, duplicated or fraudulent. A total of 450,000 registrations were for first-time voters, while the remaining forms were for change of addresses.

According to its Web site, ACORN “does not apply for nor does it receive any federal grants,” but the organization has had contracts with other nonprofit groups to perform work on projects that have received federal grant support. For instance, ACORN has procured contracts to increase registration for food stamps, to counsel homeowners facing foreclosure and to provide lead paint remediation services.

Furthermore, an analysis of federal records by Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, found that ACORN affiliates in 11 states receive more than $31 million in federal funds from 1998 to 2008. ACORN Housing Corporation, meanwhile, received nearly $10.7 million in federal grants in 2008 alone.

So what is the nest step, what should we do about ACORN? I guess what should we ask our Congress to do about ACORN?

Im guessing both sides must be annoyed with the actions? Or am I wrong?

UPDATE – it looks like ACORN might be the only thing both sides agree on

Published in: on September 17, 2009 at 7:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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Round 3. Ding, Ding, Ding. ACORN are at it again.

Its almost comical at this point. ACORN are caught yet again with another video tape and judging by the outfits, especially the guy, how on earth did they not think they were on candid camera?

This time in Brooklyn, NY James O’Keefe, 25, (the pimp) and partner Hannah Giles, 20, who posed as a prostitute, received advice from ACORN workers on how to launder their earnings and avoid detection from law enforcement officials while running a prostitution business.

Seriously, I’m opening a brothel and getting ACORN ex employees to run it for me. They clearly know what they are doing.

The ACORN worker says “You have to find another name for it, honesty is not going to get you the house. You can’t say what you do for a living.”

“You know, what goes on in the house we don’t care,” one counselor said. “We just help you with the mortgage.”

Well can they help me with my mortgage?

Counselor Volda Albert suggested that Giles open two accounts at separate banks, depositing no more than $500 each a week to ensure few eyebrows are raised. And so what to do with the rest of the money? Keep it, she says.

Finally there has been some back lash with this as it seems the voter fraud was not enough to deter the Census Bureau, but they have severed its ties with the group, whose members had been hired to do canvassing during the 2010 census.

So, should ACORN be dismantled?

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Published in: on September 14, 2009 at 8:06 am  Leave a Comment  
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Is it time to dismantle ACORN? Are they doing more harm than good?

For a while now, ACORN has not had the best reputation, no matter what side of the fence you may sit on and with eveything surrounding the 2008 election and voter fraud as well as the arrests made last week in Florida in regards to votor fraud, I pose this question….

Is ACORN now, doing more harm than good?

They certainly dont seem to bring any additional value to a person running for high political position, in fact it hurts them, they have had some questionable business practices, it has been proven that employees have conducted voter fraud and now they seems to have employees giving IRS advice to a “Pimp and Prostitute”?

This really made me laugh.

So last month, James O’Keefe, a 25-year-old independent filmmaker, posed as a pimp with a 20-year-old woman named “Kenya” who posed as a prostitute while visiting ACORN’s office in Baltimore. The two told ACORN they wanted to secure housing for her to run her prostitution business out of.

WTF?? Was the employee in on this? My first instinct would have been “Am I on Candid Camera”

On the videotape, th “prostitute” can be seen telling an ACORN staffer that she earns roughly $8,000 a month. The ACORN employee then suggests to “Kenya” that ACORN could submit a tax return for 2008 showing that she made $9,600 for the entire year — instead of $96,000 — and that ACORN would charge “Kenya” $50 instead of the usual $150 fee for preparing her taxes.

WOW!!!

Now, in respect to ACORN, this is only a certain cut bit of the tape, and when the two say they want to bring young girls over from El Salvador the ACORN staffer does say it is illegal, however it does bring out the LOL’s.

The ACORN staffer can also be seen suggesting that the prostitute list her occupation as a freelance “performing artist.”

“It’s not dancing, trust me,” the “pimp” says.

“But dancing is considered an art,” the ACORN staffer replies. “[Exotic dancers] usually go under performing artists, or yeah, they usually go under performing arts, which will be what you are — a performing artist.”

Well that explains something about Heidi Montag

Perhaps ACORN deep down really do have their hearts in the right places, but they seem to seriously need a better way to screen potential employees as it looks like these two may end up in prison.

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Published in: on September 10, 2009 at 11:07 am  Leave a Comment  
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FBI arrest ACORN workers in Florida Workers on Voter Fraud Charges

Arrest warrants have been issued in Miami for 11 peeps suspected of falsifying information on hundreds of voter registration cards — including registering the name of late actor Paul Newman.

Paul Newman?? C’mon guys that’s just sad, Tony Romo from the cowboys was rather funny, or even Mickey Mouse but Paul Newman is just crossing the line.

Ed Grittith a spokesperson for the State Attorney’s office said “Names were filled out on the registration forms that were not actual voters,”.

Yeah kinda figured thats what falsifying information on voter registration cards means Ed?

But I will give ACORN credit, it was them who turned in these guys….baby steps, they had to turn in a few out of all the people that had done it

People, seriously, is going to jail worth it?? Who ever wins, wins, how can we expect our congress to act accordingly if we are acting like a bunch of dead people beats

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Published in: on September 9, 2009 at 8:59 am  Leave a Comment  
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