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Clinton’s Criminal Housing Sec. To Clean Up ACORN

Clinton’s Criminal Housing Sec. To Clean Up ACORN

SEPTEMBER 22, 2009

In what may seem like a bad joke, Bill Clinton’s criminally indicted, tax-evading Housing Secretary has been tapped to investigate a fraud-infested community organization with strong ties to Barack Obama. 

Henry Cisneros, an admitted criminal who pleaded guilty to charges of lying to the FBI to cover payments to a mistress, may seem like a strange choice to weed out wrongdoing on any level yet that is what he has been recruited to do. The shamed Clinton cabinet member will conduct a probe of the notoriously corrupt Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), well known for voter fraud, embezzlement and cooking the books.

ACORN has been embroiled in numerous corruption cases lately, including countless voter registration fraud probes nationwide, the guilty plea of a high-ranking official for organizing a scheme that illegally paid workers (including “lazy crack heads”) to register voters, housing fraud and videotapes of ACORN employees advising a prostitute and pimp on how to skirt housing and tax laws. 

A congressional investigation recently determined that the Chicago-base leftist organization is a criminal enterprise, federal lawmakers have substantially cut its public funding and California’s governor has called for an investigation of the group’s widespread criminal activity in his state. Even Obama has thrown ACORN under the bus, although the group helped him get elected and he once worked there as a community organizer. 

To ACORN’s rescue comes Cisneros, a solidly crooked official who was indicted with nearly 20 counts of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and giving the feds false statements. A lengthy independent counsel investigation revealed that a cover up at senior levels of the Clinton Administration (Hillary’s buddy was Internal Revenue Service commissioner and quashed the probe) killed a more serious tax fraud case against Cisneros, who made secret payments to his mistress before joining the cabinet. 

Those who dare to predict the outcome of Cisneros’ in-depth review of ACORN should know that he praises the group as an “important organization that does important work.” He insists that ACORN has been instrumental in helping low-income families find affordable housing and that its positive work has been overshadowed by allegations of widespread voter fraud and undercover videos on conservative webs sites. He does, however, admit that ACORN “has some shaping up to do.” 

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