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					The American Spectator : AmSpecBlog : Congressional Report: ACORN Involved in Organized Crime                  7/23/09 5:35 PM


   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.

          Operationally, ACORN is a shell game played in 120 cities, 43 states and the District of Columbia through a
          complex structure designed to conceal illegal activities, to use taxpayer and tax-exempt dollars for partisan
          political purposes, and to distract investigators. Structurally, ACORN is a chess game in which senior
          management is shielded from accountability by multiple layers of volunteers and compensated employees
          who serve as pawns to take the fall for every bad act. [...]                                           Page 1 of 2
The American Spectator : AmSpecBlog : Congressional Report: ACORN Involved in Organized Crime        7/23/09 5:35 PM

   Congressional Democrats have shown little interest in probing ACORN. After initially expressing
   interest in an investigation, House Judiciary Committee John Conyers (D-Michigan), a longtime
   ACORN ally, backed off saying "the powers that be decided against it."

   The website of "Lou Dobbs Live" indicates Issa will also be on that show at 7 p.m. (Eastern)
   tonight to talk about the report.

   Matthew Vadum is a senior editor at Capital Research Center, a Washington, D.C. think tank that studies the
   politics of philanthropy.                                 Page 2 of 2

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