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Congressional Report: ACORN Involved in Organized Crime
By Matthew Vadum on 7.23.09 @ 5:01PM
A new congressional report accuses the radical activist group ACORN of organized criminal
activities. I will have a full article here on the American Spectator website in the morning about
The report, called "Is ACORN Intentionally Structured As a Criminal Enterprise?" comes from
minority staff on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The ranking member
on the committee, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California), is appearing on the "Glenn Beck Program" on
Fox News today to discuss the report.
The report, available here, contains information about the ACORN network's interlocking
directorates, various unethical and possibly unlawful activities, and the shocking fact that despite
its mounting legal problems, ACORN remains eligible for $8.5 billion in federal funds this year.
Here's an excerpt from the congressional report:
The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) has repeatedly and deliberately
engaged in systemic fraud. Both structurally and operationally, ACORN hides behind a paper wall of
nonprofit corporate protections to conceal a criminal conspiracy on the part of its directors, to launder
federal money in order to pursue a partisan political agenda and to manipulate the American electorate.
Emerging accounts of widespread deceit and corruption raise the need for a criminal investigation of
ACORN. By intentionally blurring the legal distinctions between 361 tax-exempt and non-exempt entities,
ACORN diverts taxpayer and tax-exempt monies into partisan political activities. Since 1994, more than
$53 million in federal funds have been pumped into ACORN, and under the Obama administration, ACORN
stands to receive a whopping $8.5 billion in available stimulus funds.