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New ACORN Scandal:Illegal use of Funds
Capital Research Center ^ | 7/25/09 | The Lid

Posted on 09/25/2009 5:31:41 AM PDT by Shellybenoit

More bad news for the Democratic Parties Favorite community organizing group, ACORN. While Harry Reid continues to get heat at home for refusing to allow Senate hearings on ACORN, Senator Grassley had his staff do a little investigation of their own. According to the Capital Research Center, Grassley (R-Iowa), asked the IRS to probe ACORN – and asked that the group be dropped from the Combined Federal Campaign (a charitable program for government workers). This is not the first time the Senator has gone after the ACORN criminal enterprise, in 2006 he asked the IRS to investigate ACORN for voter fraud.

Yesterday Grassley sent a letter to the IRS Commissioner Douglas H. Shulman and another letter to John Berry, Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management asking for an investigation. Both letters are available here.

At the same time Grassley released documents that show leaders of ACORN community transferred several million dollars in charitable and government money meant for the poor to parts of the group that have political and sometimes profit-making missions.

Grassley's documents indicate that ACORN's tax-exempt groups along with its tangled web of allied organizations used more than half their charitable and public money in 2006 to pay other ACORN affiliates. Grassley called the transactions a "big shell game" and said donors may be surprised by how the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, known for helping the poor obtain housing and health care, was spending their money. He urged the Internal Revenue Service to take a closer look

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: acorn; grassley; harryreid; irs; rico; scandal; taxfraud; wirefraud

1 posted on 09/25/2009 5:31:42 AM PDT by Shellybenoit
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To: Shellybenoit
The Feds can do the investigating, but it won't go anywhere.

If folks want results, the investigations need to be conducted at the state level, in states where 'Rats don't run the political machinery.

2 posted on 09/25/2009 5:33:24 AM PDT by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: Shellybenoit

This has the potential to bankrupt ACORN. In fact, if the IRS decides those orgs are not non-profit, the sudden tax bill could completely destroy them.


3 posted on 09/25/2009 5:35:52 AM PDT by savedbygrace (You are only leading if someone follows. Otherwise, you just wandered off... [Smokin' Joe])
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To: Shellybenoit; STARWISE; maggief; Liz; Diogenesis; PhiKapMom; FARS; Jeff Head

Can we find out how much ACORN and their affiliates contributed to ‘certain’ congresscritters campaign funds?


4 posted on 09/25/2009 5:35:58 AM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: hoosiermama
Related link...

It's time for Obama to take off the kid gloves

5 posted on 09/25/2009 5:37:23 AM PDT by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: Shellybenoit

God bless Hannah, and I will contribute to her defense. But, I sure hope ACORN goes after her and James in court. I think the discovery process will be very interesting indeed. Might even weed out more than just ACORN criminal enterprise.


6 posted on 09/25/2009 5:40:03 AM PDT by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
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To: savedbygrace

and what..they pay their tax bill with taxpayer funds? PEOPLE need to go to JAIL!


7 posted on 09/25/2009 5:43:55 AM PDT by rightwingextremist1776
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To: hoosiermama

IRS Commissioner Douglas H. Shulman needs to check into Charlie Rangel’s illegal gains. Is this guy a partisan hack?


8 posted on 09/25/2009 5:45:25 AM PDT by Achilles Heel
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To: Achilles Heel

Is he within the “Beltway”?


9 posted on 09/25/2009 5:49:16 AM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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Good for Grassley!

I don’t think congressional crooks will be able to sweep this under the carpet. If they do and are successful...especially if their campaigns have benefited, they’ll eventually be tagged as a co-conspirator, IMunqualifiedO.

In a related note: interesting how Qadafi mentioned ‘his son’ receiving ‘legal’ contributions from his brothers and sisters in Arab countries.

Wonder how many of these generous folks were supporting Acorn. Can we say ‘money laundering’?


10 posted on 09/25/2009 5:49:53 AM PDT by FreeStateYank (I want my country and constitution back, now!)
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To: rightwingextremist1776

They go to prison if they DON’T pay the taxes. Then the IRS takes the money anyway.


11 posted on 09/25/2009 5:52:04 AM PDT by savedbygrace (You are only leading if someone follows. Otherwise, you just wandered off... [Smokin' Joe])
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To: rightwingextremist1776

Silly wabbit, Acorn doesn’t pay taxes [many liens] After all, non-payment is the democratic way!


12 posted on 09/25/2009 5:54:06 AM PDT by FreeStateYank (I want my country and constitution back, now!)
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To: Shellybenoit

“and asked that the group be dropped from the Combined Federal Campaign (a charitable program for government workers)”

That’s gonna hurt.


13 posted on 09/25/2009 5:55:44 AM PDT by yazoo (Conservatives believe what they see. Liberals see what they believe.)
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To: Shellybenoit

Let’s hope that some honest investigation of ACORN shows how it has it’s tentacles firmly in the White House. Wasn’t Obama at one time ACORN’s lawyer?


14 posted on 09/25/2009 5:56:27 AM PDT by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." M. Thatcher)
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To: hoosiermama

There are so many ACORN offshoots (ie. CSI) and affiliates (ie. SEIU).

http://www.campaignmoney.com/political/committees/service-employees-international-union-committee-on-political-education-seiu-cope.asp?cycle=08

SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION COMMITTEE ON POLITICAL EDUCATION (SEIU COPE) Labor 37,486,493

http://www.campaignmoney.com/political/committees/seiu-united-health-care-workers-west.asp?cycle=08

http://www.campaignmoney.com/political/committees/seiu-illinois-council.asp?cycle=08

http://www.campaignmoney.com/political/committees/seiu-1021.asp?cycle=08

FLASHBACK:

http://michellemalkin.com/2008/08/22/acorn-watch-pt-ii-obama-hid-800000-payment-to-acorn-through-citizen-services-inc/

ACORN Watch, Pt II: Obama hid $800,000 payment to ACORN through “Citizen Services, Inc.”
By Michelle Malkin • August 22, 2008 11:46 AM

See here, where liberal group Ohio Citizen Action notes a $907,808 payment to Citizens Services for canvassing and $590,526.10 for “campaign consulting.” That’s some gold-plated get-out-the-vote and consulting services right there.


15 posted on 09/25/2009 5:59:18 AM PDT by maggief
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To: Shellybenoit

There has been a lot of talk about “predatory lending” in the mortgage crisis and ensuing economic collapse.

Now that we have ACORN on tape counseling various felonies, can we tie them to “predatory counseling?” Clearly they’ve crossed the line from how to “work the system” into fraud on the O’Keefe/Giles tapes. Can we review the applications of bad mortgages where they counseled the applicants and identify cases where ACORN helped defraud the mortgage companies and stick America with the bill?


16 posted on 09/25/2009 5:59:48 AM PDT by 5by5 (l for it.)
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To: The Great RJ

Yep. He was a ‘trainer’ for Acorn. Gave 100m to Acorn when part of the Annenburg Foundation grant program [where he co-chaired by unrepentant terrorist, Billy the Bomber Ayers]

Zero’s had his hand on Acorn nuts for quite some time and apparently has enjoyed the relationship, although he cannot remember it at this point.

He keeps this up, he’ll be on a Section 8, due to memory recall issues.


17 posted on 09/25/2009 6:00:36 AM PDT by FreeStateYank (I want my country and constitution back, now!)
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To: 5by5

“Now that we have ACORN on tape counseling various felonies, can we tie them to “predatory counseling?””

Seems likely as part a RICO suit. Essentially, they were telling Hannah and James how to get a ninja loan, IMO.


18 posted on 09/25/2009 6:02:39 AM PDT by FreeStateYank (I want my country and constitution back, now!)
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To: Shellybenoit
Grassley's documents indicate that ACORN's tax-exempt groups along with its tangled web of allied organizations used more than half their charitable and public money in 2006 to pay other ACORN affiliates

The socialists' ENRON.

19 posted on 09/25/2009 6:03:14 AM PDT by behzinlea
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To: maggief

http://michellemalkin.com/2008/08/22/acorn-watch-pt-ii-obama-hid-800000-payment-to-acorn-through-citizen-services-inc/

Money flows back and forth between ACORN, Citizens Services Inc., Project Vote and Communities Voting Together. ACORN posts job ads for Citizens Services and Project Vote. Communities Voting Together contributed $60,000 to Citizens Services Inc., for example, in November 2005, according to a posting on CampaignMoney.com. Project Vote has hired ACORN and CSI as its highest paid contractors, paying ACORN $4,649,037 in 2006 and CSI $779,016 in 2006, according to Terry of the Consumers Rights League.


20 posted on 09/25/2009 6:09:37 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief

Add Community Action, Citizens for Community Improvement, etc...


21 posted on 09/25/2009 6:12:40 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

There’s a list out there somewhere.


22 posted on 09/25/2009 6:17:06 AM PDT by maggief
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To: 5by5

Makes a person wonder what is on the tapes that haven’t been released yet!


23 posted on 09/25/2009 7:47:23 AM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks; maggief

Here’s a link to list and RICO discussion:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2337984/posts


24 posted on 09/25/2009 7:52:44 AM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: hoosiermama
Can we find out how much ACORN and their affiliates contributed to ‘certain’ congresscritters campaign funds?

The "usual suspects" will surface......those with imperiled seats will be rushing to give the funds to charities.

Other names will surface as ACORN's lawsuit commences----when Giles/O'Keefe's lawyers conduct "discovery."

25 posted on 09/25/2009 8:17:43 AM PDT by Liz
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To: The Great RJ

"Get your pencils and paper ready. Today. we're going to learn how to use HUD federal funds to open a brothel
utilizing underage children imported from the Third World. And when I become president, this will all be legal."

"And get my govt check ready."

26 posted on 09/25/2009 8:21:10 AM PDT by Liz
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To: All
I've started a running file on ACORN,
' The Issa Report- ACORN "a criminal enterprise..."'--Click the picture:


27 posted on 09/25/2009 9:09:21 AM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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To: Achilles Heel

November 21, 2007
President Bush Nominates Douglas Shulman to be New IRS Commissioner


28 posted on 09/25/2009 9:37:30 AM PDT by kcvl
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