OCTOBER 07, 2009
Weeks after federal lawmakers cut the public funding of a fraud-infested community group famous for advising prostitutes and pimps on how to skirt housing and tax laws, it received nearly $1 million in Homeland Security funds intended for fire departments.
The unbelievable infusion of tax dollars into the scandal-plagued Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) was revealed this week by a Washington D.C. newspaper that reports the money was allocated just three weeks after the House and Senate voted to cut the group’s funding amid a series of corruption scandals.
The money, part of $35 million in federal allocations for fire districts nationwide, went to ACORN’s Louisiana headquarters and made up almost 80% of the firefighting grants earmarked for the state. Several more worthy agencies with reputable track records had applied for the money but lost their bid to ACORN even though the radical leftwing organization has no background in fire prevention.
Among them was a fire department in St. Tammany Parish, a community located about 24 miles north of New Orleans, that wanted to purchase smoke alarms for low-income families after a fire killed four children in a home. The chief, Charles Flynn, assures that ACORN possesses no fire safety or fire prevention expertise yet it got $1 million over many smaller and bigger departments that really need the money.
ACORN, which has received tens of millions of tax dollars over the years, refuses to explain how it will spend the fire grant. Based on its documented history of embezzlement, fraud and cooking the books, the cash will undoubtedly help sustain its now world-famous criminal enterprise rather than contribute to any sort of fire prevention.
The Chicago-based community group that helped Barack Obama get elected has for years been known for its fraudulent voter registration drives. In fact, a few months ago a high-ranking ACORN official in Nevada pleaded guilty to conspiracy for organizing a scheme that illegally paid workers to register new voters. The group is being investigated in several other states for its illegal registration drives during the 2008 presidential election.
In previous elections, ACORN has been busted for falsifying information to register new voters in numerous other states, including Wisconsin, Missouri, Ohio, North Carolina and Colorado to name a few. In 2007 the group settled the largest case of voter fraud in the history of Washington State after seven workers were caught submitting about 2,000 fake registration forms.
More recently, ACORN was embroiled in a massive scandal after employees were videotaped advising prostitutes and pimps on how to skirt housing and tax laws. The tapes, recorded by a pair of undercover journalists, were broadcast worldwide and posted on the internet. They proved to be the final straw that pushed Obama to conveniently ditch the group he once worked for and cherished.
ACORN’s multiple scandals have forced the U.S. Census Bureau to eliminate it as a community partner for the 2010 count, the Democratic-led Congress to slash its funding and California’s governor to demand an investigation of the group’s widespread fraud in his state. Yet, unbelievably ACORN continues to receive tax dollars.
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