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ACORN Sues U.S. For Cutting Funds

ACORN Sues U.S. For Cutting Funds

NOVEMBER 12, 2009

The fraud-infested nonprofit whose public funding was recently slashed by Congress amid mounting corruption scandals is suing the U.S. government in an effort to reverse the legislation that cut the flow of federal dollars.

A renowned criminal enterprise, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) claims that banning it from receiving federal aid violates the U.S. Constitution because it unfairly singles the group out for punishment. The congressional resolution cutting its taxpayer funding constitutes legislation that illegally targets one group, according to ACORN’s 35-page lawsuit filed in a New York federal court this week.

ACORN claims in its complaint that it was punished by Congress “without an investigation” and has been forced to slash important programs that counsel struggling home owners and the unemployed. The group actually charges Congress with violating a provision of the constitution (known as Bill of Attainder) that punishes a specific group or individual without a trial or judicial hearing, violating the Fifth Amendment right to due process and infringing on the First Amendment right to freedom of association by targeting affiliated and allied organizations.

An illicit enterprise that has received tens of millions of tax dollars over the years, Chicago-based ACORN has offices across the nation and a documented history of embezzlement, fraud and cooking the books. The crooked community organization with close ties to President Obama has been criminally prosecuted for voter registration fraud in various elections and was recently exposed in a now world-famous video for advising prostitutes and pimps on how to skirt housing and taxing laws.

Incredibly, weeks after federal lawmakers cut ACORN’s public funding this year, the group received nearly $1 million in Homeland Security funds intended for fire departments. Outraged veteran fire officials pointed out that the radical leftwing organization has no background in fire prevention yet it got the hefty grant over more worthy agencies with reputable track records. 

The endless saga of ACORN scandals have been extensively probed by Judicial Watch, which continues tracking, documenting and publishing crucial information about the group’s widespread corruption and mounting legal problems. To follow Judicial Watch’s ongoing investigation of ACORN, including litigation and public records requests, click here.

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