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House GOP Defunds ACORN Yet Again, Even Though ACORN Does Not Exist

Posted by on Jul. 30, 2013 at 7:51 AM
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 WASHINGTON -- The House GOP quietly blocked funding for ACORN last week, even though the anti-poverty organization has long since been both defunded and disbanded.

The legislative assault on ACORN, which shut down in 2010, was included in a Department of Defense appropriations bill that cleared the House on Thursday. Although the bill passed by a broad, bipartisan margin of 315-97, it garnered attention for an amendment proposed by Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) that would have stopped the government from collecting masses of phone call metadata without reasonable suspicion.

Amash's amendment failed, but language to bar ACORN from receiving any money made the final cut. Section 8097 of the bill reads, "None of the funds made available under this Act may be distributed to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) or its subsidiaries."

ACORN cannot receive any funding from the U.S. government under any legislation, of course, because ACORN does not exist. Similarly, ACORN has no subsidiaries because ACORN does not exist.

A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) referred questions on the provision to House Appropriations Committee spokeswoman Jennifer Hing. "I don't believe our response has changed since the last time you asked this question," Hing told HuffPost.

In June, the last time HuffPost asked Hing about ACORN defunding language, she replied, "These provisions are typically carried every year in appropriations bills."

The time before that, in March, Hing called ACORN defunding language "a typical provision that is included in most appropriations bills."

HuffPost asks Hing about the language often because the House GOP votes to defund ACORN all the time. Nearly every bill that clears the House Appropriations Committee includes a section barring the use of funds for ACORN, although the specific language varies among different bills.

Conservative political groups targeted ACORN for years, accusing the anti-poverty group, which typically backed liberal policies aiding the poor, of broad voter fraud conspiracies that were ultimately never substantiated. But in the fall of 2009, conservative videographer James O'Keefe released selectively edited videos that appeared to show ACORN employees offering advice on tax avoidance related to prostitution and child smuggling. Independent investigations by the California attorney general, the Massachusetts attorney general and the Brooklyn, N.Y., district attorney would later clear ACORN of criminal wrongdoing, and an investigation by the Government Accountability Office would clear the group of charges that it mishandled federal funds.

Before these investigations were completed, however, Congress banned federal funding for ACORN using broad language that applied to any organization that had been charged with breaking federal or state election laws, lobbying disclosure laws or campaign finance laws or with filing fraudulent paperwork with any federal or state agency. The funding ban also extended to any employees, contractors or others affiliated with any group so charged.

The funding ban passed in the fall of 2009, and in early 2010, a hard-pressed ACORN disbanded. The House GOP has continued to bar the group from receiving federal moneys ever since.

by on Jul. 30, 2013 at 7:51 AM
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143myboys9496
by Gold Member on Jul. 30, 2013 at 7:53 AM

 Talk about padding the budget....How I wish I could say I'm surprised.

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Jul. 30, 2013 at 2:41 PM
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That is not accurate. The language also mentions successor groups. Only the central agency filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The chapters and branches and new organizations are very much active.

Ednarooni160
by Eds on Jul. 30, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Acorn exists..they are everywhere.... "looks aound"..  I wonder if some wasn't used by the DOJ to protest..

29again
by Gold Member on Jul. 30, 2013 at 8:37 PM

Acorn is still alive and kicking..  Glad that the House isn't fooled.

JanuaryBaby06
by on Jul. 30, 2013 at 9:00 PM
why were they defunded in the first place? i thought they were found not guilty?
grandmab125
by Platinum Member on Jul. 30, 2013 at 9:04 PM
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 ACORN as a national group has just regrouped in the states under various names, such as, Affordable Housing Centers for America (formerly Acorn Housing), NY Agency of Community Affairs, and Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment.  They are getting money funneled to them through HUD.

Carpy
by Platinum Member on Jul. 30, 2013 at 9:28 PM

huffington post, mother jones, nuff said.

Quoting SallyMJ:

That is not accurate. The language also mentions successor groups. Only the central agency filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The chapters and branches and new organizations are very much active.


Minnow Slayer

Carpy
by Platinum Member on Jul. 30, 2013 at 9:31 PM
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And they are also now acorn international.

http://www.acorninternational.org/

tnmomofive
by Silver Member on Jul. 30, 2013 at 11:25 PM

Of course they still exist..whoever thinks otherwise needs to wake up.

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Jul. 31, 2013 at 1:02 AM

sidesplittinglaughter


Quoting JanuaryBaby06:

why were they defunded in the first place? i thought they were found not guilty?



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