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Who will lose funding with ACORN?

The congressional legislation intended to defund ACORN, passed with broad bipartisan support, is written so broadly that it applies to "any organization" that has been charged with breaking federal or state election laws, lobbying disclosure laws, campaign finance laws or filing fraudulent paperwork with any federal or state agency. It also applies to any of the employees, contractors or other folks affiliated with a group charged with any of those things.

In other words, the bill could plausibly defund the entire military-industrial complex. Whoops.

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) picked up on the legislative overreach and asked the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) to sift through its database to find which contractors might be caught in the ACORN net.

Lockheed Martin and Northrop Gumman both popped up quickly, with 20 fraud cases between them,

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Asked by sweet-a-kins at 10:15 PM on Sep. 22, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • and the longer list is a Who's Who of weapons manufacturers and defense contractors.

    The language was written by the GOP and filed as a "motion to recommit" in the House, where it passed 345-75.

    POGO is reaching out to its members to identify other companies who have engaged in the type of misconduct that would make them ineligible for federal funds.

    Grayson then intends to file that list in the legislative history that goes along with the bill so that judges can reference it when determining whether a company should be denied federal funds.

    The Florida freshman is asking for direct assistance. He has set up a Google spreadsheet where people can suggest contractors who have been charged with violations and include a link to a media or government report documenting the alleged transgression.


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:16 PM on Sep. 22, 2009

  • I have asked around. I work at a school that is 98% minority. I figured that these are the target demographics for ACORN. Most don't know where to find ACORN in the area. Those that do have either been turned away, or the help they got ended up being taken back because the paper work was incorrect. That is the saddest thing. A family thinks it has found a solution only to have it taken back and the problem is now worse. I'm glad they had defunded ACORN. My fear is - who/what will take its place. Don't you love that BO isn't that familiar with the organization now that it is in deep poo!

    Answer by jesse123456 at 10:26 PM on Sep. 22, 2009

  • Our state does not freceive funds for Acorn. How funny is that? They were going to stop sending funds but discovered that Minnesota does not get any funding at all. Ha. It seems to be managing all on its own. And doing a fine job helping people who need it. WOw.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:54 PM on Sep. 22, 2009

  • BO has not stopped Acorn funding...

    "President Barack Obama would not commit to cutting off federal funding for ACORN, as Congress did last week, and he had little desire to discuss the scandal-plagued non-profit community organization."


    Answer by agentwanda at 11:15 PM on Sep. 22, 2009

  • Gee, Sweets, they don't seem to have heard you.

    wonder why they're not bitching about defunding Blackwater, considering the things of which they stand accused?


    Answer by autodidact at 4:16 AM on Sep. 23, 2009

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