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ACORN Got DOJ Grant To Combat Juvenile Delinquency

ACORN Got DOJ Grant To Combat Juvenile Delinquency

DECEMBER 01, 2011

A Justice Department program that annually distributes hundreds of millions of dollars to combat juvenile delinquency is under fire for giving a famously corrupt leftist group—Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN)—money that was fraudulently spent.

It marks the latest of several controversies for the DOJ’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) which has managed to maintain a copious budget through the years despite multiple allegations of cronyism. During the George W. Bush Administration, the OJJDP was accused of giving money to politically-connected groups that didn’t necessarily meet the agency’s goals.

This week the DOJ Inspector General released a report that exposes corruption surrounding a $138,130 grant that OJJDP awarded to an ACORN branch in New York City. The audit found that there were internal control weaknesses, unsupported grant expenditures, lack of contractor monitoring, weaknesses in budget management, inadequate grant reporting, unmet conditions and deficiencies with the program’s overall performance.

The IG also describes the New York group as a “pass-through entity” for ACORN, the crooked nonprofit that’s raked in huge sums of taxpayer dollars over the years. In 2009 Congress actually passed a law (Defund ACORN Act) to ban federal funding for ACORN after a series of exposés about the group’s illegal activities, which include fraudulent voter registration drives and involvement in the housing market meltdown. The group also has close ties to President Barack Obama.

Earlier this year a Judicial Watch probe found that the Obama Administration violated the ban on federal funding for ACORN by giving the beleaguered group nearly $80,000 to “combat housing and lending discrimination” against minorities. After sorting through droves of government records, Judicial Watch investigators discovered that an ACORN affiliate in New Orleans, ACORN Housing Corporation Inc., got $79,819 as part of a larger $40 million allocation to “fair housing organizations” that educate the public and combat discrimination.

This year Judicial Watch also published a special report (“The Rebranding of ACORN”) about the organization’s transformation into various spinoffs and affiliated groups. Amid a massive fraud scandal and a series of criminal probes, ACORN supposedly dismantled but the reality is that it simply changed its name. For instance, under the rebranding New England United 4 Justice, ACORN has been one of the driving forces behind the movement to end economic segregation and social injustice in the U.S. (Occupy Wall Street).


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  • wethealiens

    The United States should hold the countries of origin for the health and education expenses of their undocumented nationals. There are many consulates that do little to provide and to help the undocumented people whom they are supposed to represent, consulates should provide health care and education to their undocumented nationals or reimburse the United States government for the expenses of their undocumented nationals. Consulates like the Mexican Consulate in San Bernardino instead of harboring, and hiring undocumented immigrants, along with the owners of the property (because the undocumented are cheaper than the legal residents or US citizens,. They are protected because ICE will never visit or audit the company) should provide real services, like health care and education to their nationals, so that the United States government and the taxpayers don’t have to. There are no immunity rights, it is impunity. Shame for them

  • curtarmy

    Is ACORN Dead?
    What ever happened to the Louisiana Attorney General’s supposed investigation into ACORN / SEIU and the offices in the New Orleans former funeral home?
    The rumor was that ACORN/SEIU used its computer data base of membership names, addresses, and SSNs combined with the 100s of million dollars of federal funds to create small contributions to Obama’s campaign as well as other democratic parties and candidates. Using computers millions could be contributed in seconds mostly undetected because the contribution amounts from the millions of members were below the reportable threshold.
    The hope at one time was that the Louisiana Attorney General would be able to follow the money from the candidate’s bank account back to the common bank account controlled by ACORN/SEIU or visa versa.
    Today’s question is what if anything is being done to stop prohibit this from happening again this fall (2012). What is happening with these new organizations and how much federal money is getting to these new organizations? Is this where the missing money from places like Solendra and MF Global is ending up?

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