Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Shelby Calls for ACORN Investigation
Press Room News Release ^ | September 15, 2009 | Senator Richard Shelby

Posted on 09/15/2009 8:28:22 AM PDT by elizabethgrace

September 15, 2009

Washington, D.C. -

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), ranking Republican on the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today wrote to committee Chairman Christopher Dodd (D-CT) and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Inspector General, Kenneth Donohue, calling for an immediate and thorough investigation into the activities of the Association for Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).

Shelby’s call for an investigation follows recent news reports surrounding the arrest of individuals in Florida for falsifying voter applications while employed by ACORN leading up to the 2008 elections, as well as video of employees in multiple ACORN offices offering to falsify tax documents and to aid in obtaining a mortgage for individuals purported to be engaged in prostitution and employing underage illegal immigrants.

Shelby’s announcement also comes on the heels of overwhelming Senate approval of a measure prohibiting taxpayer funding for ACORN under the Treasury, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2010. The measure, which passed by staggering 83-7 margin, was supported by Banking Committee Chairman, Christopher Dodd.

“Last night’s vote served as a resounding rebuke on behalf of American taxpayers regarding the activities of ACORN,” said Shelby. “While this vote is important, it is limited in scope and we must know more. It is imperative that we proceed immediately to investigate what appears to be ACORN’s stunning disregard for the law and abuse of taxpayer funds. Such an investigation would serve as the basis for determining not only whether ACORN is worthy of receiving other federal funds this year, but ever again.”

The recent reports add to a litany of reported incidences over several years within the organization, which has for decades received federal funds, including millions under the jurisdiction of the Senate Banking Committee. ACORN is now eligible for additional taxpayer money under the economic stimulus legislation enacted earlier this year.

The full text of the letters is below.

September 15, 2009

Senator Christopher J. Dodd Chairman U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs 534 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510

Dear Chairman Dodd:

I write to you today to request that you launch an immediate and thorough investigation into the activities of the Association for Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). Specifically, this committee needs to determine if ACORN is acting legally and ethically in the expenditure of taxpayer dollars and whether the organization should continue to be eligible to receive these funds.

In recent days, numerous news reports have surfaced surrounding: 1) the arrest of individuals in Florida for falsifying voter applications while employed by ACORN, leading up to the 2008 elections; and 2) video of employees in ACORN offices of Baltimore, Maryland, Washington, DC, and Brooklyn, New York, offering to falsify tax documents and to aid in obtaining a mortgage for individuals purporting to be engaged in prostitution and employing underage illegal immigrants.

These scandals add to numerous other reported incidences within the organization over many years including: embezzlement of nearly one million dollars by the brother of the organization’s founder; charges of additional voter registration fraud in other states; and the stripping of federal grants following findings that ACORN used federal money to promote legislation.

ACORN has been receiving federal money for decades including millions under the jurisdiction of the Senate Banking Committee and is eligible for additional money now as a result of the stimulus legislation enacted earlier this year. As such, it is vital that the committee undertake a prompt review of the activities of this organization.

I look forward to working with you to ensure the American taxpayer’s money is being spent wisely and legally.

Sincerely, Richard Shelby

------------------------

September 15, 2009

The Honorable Kenneth M. Donohue Inspector General U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Inspector General 451 7th Street S.W. Washington, DC 20410

Dear Mr. Inspector General,

I write to you today to request that you launch an immediate and thorough investigation into the activities of the Association for Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). Specifically, I ask that you investigate whether ACORN is acting legally in the expenditure funding it has received from HUD and whether it is maintaining ethical standards throughout the entire organization to determine whether it should maintain its eligibility for these funds.

In recent days, numerous news reports have surfaced surrounding: 1) the arrest of individuals in Florida for falsifying voter applications while employed by ACORN, leading up to the 2008 elections; and 2) video of employees in ACORN offices of Baltimore, Maryland, Washington, DC, and Brooklyn, New York, offering to falsify tax documents and aid in obtaining a mortgage for individuals purporting to be engaged in prostitution and employing underage illegal immigrants.

These scandals add to numerous other reported issues within the organization over many years including: embezzlement of nearly one million dollars by the brother of the organization’s founder; charges of additional voter registration fraud in other states; and the stripping of federal grants following findings that ACORN used federal money to promote legislation.

ACORN has been receiving federal money for decades including millions from HUD. Furthermore, ACORN is eligible for additional money as a result of the stimulus legislation enacted earlier this year. As such, it is vital that you undertake a prompt review of the activities of this organization.

I look forward to working with you to ensure the American taxpayer’s money is being spent wisely and legally.

Sincerely,

Richard Shelby


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Alabama
KEYWORDS: 111th; acorn; acorncoi; banking; bho44; bhostimulus; coi; corruption; democratcorruption; democrats; economy; housing; hud; lping; porkulus; richardshelby; rico; shelby; stimulus; taxes; urbanaffairs; waderathke
Glenn Beck just talked Senator Shelby's letter today. It's a start.
1 posted on 09/15/2009 8:28:22 AM PDT by elizabethgrace
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: elizabethgrace

ACORN must be disbanded and its leaders prosecuted.


2 posted on 09/15/2009 8:29:34 AM PDT by alecqss
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: elizabethgrace

Does anyione really think that Dodd would actually do anything other than protevct the criminals of ACORN?

Dodd is every bit as dirty as they are.


3 posted on 09/15/2009 8:32:17 AM PDT by DGHoodini (Iran Azadi!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: elizabethgrace

Republicans smell blood in the water.


4 posted on 09/15/2009 8:32:34 AM PDT by DarthVader (Liberalism is the politics of EVIL whose time of judgment has come.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: elizabethgrace

Particular attention should be paid to these seven.

They must be on the take or being blackmailed by ACORN.

VOTING NO
Dick Durbin (D-IL)
Roland Burris (D-IL)
Robert Casey (D-PA)
Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)


5 posted on 09/15/2009 8:32:59 AM PDT by COUNTrecount (Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: alecqss
ACORN must be disbanded and its leaders prosecuted.

This includes Zero!
6 posted on 09/15/2009 8:34:22 AM PDT by fujimoh
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: elizabethgrace

Waterloo 2?


7 posted on 09/15/2009 8:34:35 AM PDT by PDMiller
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: elizabethgrace

RATS will protect RATS. There will be no sincere investigation. America is now a communists Country with King Obama, the ACORN trainer and supporter, telling us to kiss their butts. The corruption is wide spread. We are total slaves to the Federal Government.


8 posted on 09/15/2009 8:35:25 AM PDT by Logical me (Oh, well!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DarthVader
Republicans smell blood in the water.

'bout time.

9 posted on 09/15/2009 8:35:51 AM PDT by jersey117
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: COUNTrecount

Particular attention should be paid to these seven.

But don’t forget about the other 9 that didn’t vote?


10 posted on 09/15/2009 8:37:58 AM PDT by Cyclone59 (Everything that hits the fan is not evenly distributed)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: alecqss
This is one of the founders, and he has already started his new organization. I'm certain Shelby knows about it, but on the slight chance he didn't, I sent this link to him: Wade Rathke: Chief Organizer Blog
11 posted on 09/15/2009 8:38:44 AM PDT by elizabethgrace ((from Drudge) DOW on 9/11/09 = 9605 ----- DOW on 9/10/01 = 9605)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: elizabethgrace

12 posted on 09/15/2009 8:39:51 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: COUNTrecount

They must be on the take or being blackmailed by ACORN.

No, they’re paid staff.


13 posted on 09/15/2009 8:40:00 AM PDT by downtownconservative (As Obama lies, liberty dies!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: elizabethgrace

Dang it, Shelby. You should have asked for an investigation of ACORN, its successors and all related affiliates.


14 posted on 09/15/2009 8:40:02 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (FreepMail me if you want on the Bourbon ping list!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: elizabethgrace

FoxNews and Glenn Beck said yesterday that this evening that ACRON is going to be exposed once again and it’s going to make the other things pale in comparison. ACRON, can’t put enough of lipstick on this pig, to cover up anymore.


15 posted on 09/15/2009 8:40:27 AM PDT by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DGHoodini
Does anyione really think that Dodd would actually do anything other than protevct the criminals of ACORN?

Dodd's running for his political life these days. He strikes me as the type that will say and do anything to stay in office, and right now that means distancing himself from ACORN.

16 posted on 09/15/2009 8:40:27 AM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: COUNTrecount

Durbin and Casey were very strong supporters of obama - particularly Casey and Bernie is a socialist. The people should be behind Shelby and demand an investigation.


17 posted on 09/15/2009 8:40:29 AM PDT by jersey117
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Cyclone59

Actually, all the democrats are suspect, and Barbara Boxer has just been named in the latest “sting” by the two young people exposing ACORN which will air on Glenn Beck’s TV show this afternoon. He’s playing some of the tapes on his radio show this morning, which is how I know Boxer was named!

BTW, Boxer voted properly last night. LOL. Too little, too late.


18 posted on 09/15/2009 8:42:18 AM PDT by elizabethgrace ((from Drudge) DOW on 9/11/09 = 9605 ----- DOW on 9/10/01 = 9605)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: MsLady
If you want a sneak preview, skim through THIS THREAD when you have time.

It's Glenn Beck's LIVE thread and the ACORN people in the latest sting have admitted to murder and to knowing and helping several democrat politicians including Barbara Boxer!

19 posted on 09/15/2009 8:46:00 AM PDT by elizabethgrace ((from Drudge) DOW on 9/11/09 = 9605 ----- DOW on 9/10/01 = 9605)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: AngelesCrestHighway

Good one, ACH!


20 posted on 09/15/2009 8:47:01 AM PDT by elizabethgrace ((from Drudge) DOW on 9/11/09 = 9605 ----- DOW on 9/10/01 = 9605)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: COUNTrecount
I agree, there is a lot of money involved, moved aground in a shell game to hide the trail. This is STEALING from taxpayers.
21 posted on 09/15/2009 8:47:06 AM PDT by opentalk
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: COUNTrecount

I am SO proud and happy I made the decision to leave Chicago/Illinois for Alabama six months ago...........

Go Shelby! Go Beck!


22 posted on 09/15/2009 8:47:15 AM PDT by sillsfan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: elizabethgrace

I’m sick of these politicians jumping on the bandwagon after the people have to build the bandwagon. They are all spineless jelly.


23 posted on 09/15/2009 8:47:35 AM PDT by Hattie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hattie

I hear you, Hattie, but we need them to act. Otherwise nothing happens. Charlie Gibson of abc actually said, he hasn’t reported on the ACORN stories because he hasn’t heard about them.


24 posted on 09/15/2009 8:50:11 AM PDT by elizabethgrace ((from Drudge) DOW on 9/11/09 = 9605 ----- DOW on 9/10/01 = 9605)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: elizabethgrace

Thanks for the heads up :)


25 posted on 09/15/2009 8:50:17 AM PDT by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: elizabethgrace

If the MSM had vetted 0bama and not covered for him, we would not be in this mess.


26 posted on 09/15/2009 8:57:57 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Obama, the first ever 3 in a half year, lame duck TOTUS)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: elizabethgrace
I write to you today to request that you launch an immediate and thorough investigation into the activities of the Association for Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).

Too late; they already changed their name:

In fact, the process has already begun, she noted. Wade Rathke, who founded the organization, announced on his blog that ACORN International has officially changed its name to “Community Organizations International.”
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/ACORN-drops-tarnished-name-and-moves-to-silence-critics-48730537.html

27 posted on 09/15/2009 8:58:04 AM PDT by CedarDave (Will Rogers on Death & Taxes: "Death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cletus.D.Yokel

If we know, then he knows too.

Makes me wonder why he and other Congressionals keep referring to ACORN, without acknowledging the multitude of front groups that are tentacles of the ACORN Octopus on steroids, as well the name change to COI Community Organizers International.

That organization is like a killer virus we have all read about that keeps altering itself.


28 posted on 09/15/2009 9:01:00 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...Call 'em What you Will, They ALL have Fairies Living In Their Trees.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: elizabethgrace

We’ve got two GREAT Senators, Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions.


29 posted on 09/15/2009 9:03:20 AM PDT by RobertoinAL
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: CedarDave
I maintain a file on Wade Rathke and as I noted in my post 11 I sent the information to Shelby although I'm certain he knows too. The fact remains that ACORN is still receiving taxpayers funds under the name of ACORN and that criminal enterprise needs to be shut down.
30 posted on 09/15/2009 9:04:53 AM PDT by elizabethgrace ((from Drudge) DOW on 9/11/09 = 9605 ----- DOW on 9/10/01 = 9605)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: RobertoinAL

Yes, you do. I, on the other hand......Boxer and Feinstein.


31 posted on 09/15/2009 9:05:43 AM PDT by elizabethgrace ((from Drudge) DOW on 9/11/09 = 9605 ----- DOW on 9/10/01 = 9605)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: elizabethgrace

Wow, I’m so sorry for your state’s choice. Maybe ya’ll can work on that this next election. Good luck!


32 posted on 09/15/2009 9:10:28 AM PDT by RobertoinAL
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: COUNTrecount
A very interesting vote.......

Kinda wonder if they think this could lead back to President Obama...in a real BAD way.

Thus they vote in mass to defund ACORN...and sweep it under the rug quickly.

33 posted on 09/15/2009 9:12:59 AM PDT by Osage Orange (A community organizer cannot bitch when communities organize..... - Rush Limbaugh)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: elizabethgrace

Shelby needs to make sure any investigation of ACORN includes associated and successor organizations.


34 posted on 09/15/2009 9:18:34 AM PDT by CedarDave (Will Rogers on Death & Taxes: "Death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: COUNTrecount

as much as i’d like to see them caught with their hand in the cookie jar- Sanders is a nut. Burris is voting OBozos vote. Thats not the list we’d like to catch accepting graft.


35 posted on 09/15/2009 9:18:35 AM PDT by wiggen (Never in the history of our great country have the people had less representation than they do today)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: wiggen

Sorry, but there has to be a reason for their “no” votes and I’d like to know what it is.

It’s political suicide in today’s current climate to have voted the way that they did.

Glenn Beck is exposing ACORN and perhaps the answer will be found.


36 posted on 09/15/2009 9:24:49 AM PDT by COUNTrecount (Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: Logical me

There will be no legitimate investigation - WHILE THE CURRENT PARTY IS IN POWER.

But, in pulling funding, their access to the census, etc,
we can perhaps keep the next two elections from being stolen, and THEN perhaps, do a real investigation.


37 posted on 09/15/2009 9:26:37 AM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, save Bowman for later)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Hattie
I’m sick of these politicians jumping on the bandwagon after the people have to build the bandwagon. They are all spineless jelly.

I'd relax on that a little bit. Republicans (some) have been trying to fight ACORN since at least the last election and haven't been able to get any traction at all.

They asked for ACORN to have its funding removed last March and were voted down and a committee (House Oversight and something-Issa's committee) released a report in July about ACORNs criminal activity.

38 posted on 09/15/2009 9:46:09 AM PDT by Dianna
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: elizabethgrace
My senator, Jeff Sessions took the lead on the illegal immigration issue, it looks like my other senator Rich Shelby is taking the lead on the ACORN controversy.

WHERE ARE THE OTHER 98 SENATORS?

Do they do anything other than spend money and go on taxpayer paid vacations???

39 posted on 09/15/2009 9:46:51 AM PDT by blam
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: blam

Texas and now your state are starting to look pretty darn good to me.


40 posted on 09/15/2009 9:50:19 AM PDT by elizabethgrace ((from Drudge) DOW on 9/11/09 = 9605 ----- DOW on 9/10/01 = 9605)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 39 | View Replies]

To: elizabethgrace

ACORN must be AUDITED in order to find all the subsidiaries and then their and ACORN’s employees, directors and staffs must be prosecuted for every broken law.


41 posted on 09/15/2009 9:57:35 AM PDT by HighlyOpinionated (Looking for Fraud? Waste? Abuse? Audit ACORN. Audit The Fed.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: AngelesCrestHighway

One guy at the rally had a really neat home made tee shirt. It was the ACORN logo that morphed three times into the hammer and sickle.

Can anyone create that for us to use?


42 posted on 09/15/2009 10:01:02 AM PDT by HighlyOpinionated (Looking for Fraud? Waste? Abuse? Audit ACORN. Audit The Fed.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: elizabethgrace

About time. I wrote him last week even before the ACORN videos came about over healthcare and the 9/12.


43 posted on 09/15/2009 10:02:05 AM PDT by Qwackertoo (Where the heck are Shelby & Sessions . . . I only hear crickets)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: HighlyOpinionated

You’re so right! A thorough audit.


44 posted on 09/15/2009 11:06:53 AM PDT by elizabethgrace ((from Drudge) DOW on 9/11/09 = 9605 ----- DOW on 9/10/01 = 9605)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 41 | View Replies]

To: DGHoodini

Does anyione really think that Dodd would actually do anything other than protevct the criminals of ACORN?

Dodd is every bit as dirty as they are.
++++++++++++++++++++++

That may be the case, however, the more they cover for and cover up, the less political capital (they’re already really low) they’ll have.

Death by a thousand cuts. These are some pretty big cuts that they’re having to try to stop the bleeding on.


45 posted on 09/15/2009 6:04:58 PM PDT by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country & the Tea Party! Take America Back! (Objective media? Try TRAITORS.))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Logical me

America is now a communists Country
++++++++++++++++

Basically America is still a center right country that took a chance (many in the middle) on a far left senator that charmed them. Most Americans don’t agree with this communist rabble.


46 posted on 09/15/2009 6:09:15 PM PDT by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country & the Tea Party! Take America Back! (Objective media? Try TRAITORS.))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: HighlyOpinionated

ACORN must be AUDITED in order to find all the subsidiaries and then their and ACORN’s employees, directors and staffs must be prosecuted for every broken law.
+++++++++++++++

IMAGINE what will be uncovered in this rotten organization? They have proven to be utterly unaccountable and unreformable...they blame everyone but themselves...they are the poster org for the victim mentality.


47 posted on 09/15/2009 6:10:44 PM PDT by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country & the Tea Party! Take America Back! (Objective media? Try TRAITORS.))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 41 | View Replies]

To: CedarDave

Too late; they already changed their name:
+++++++++++++++++

They definitely need to include all aliases, iterations and machinations of this organization.


48 posted on 09/15/2009 6:15:03 PM PDT by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country & the Tea Party! Take America Back! (Objective media? Try TRAITORS.))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: Osage Orange

Kinda wonder if they think this could lead back to President Obama...in a real BAD way.

Thus they vote in mass to defund ACORN...and sweep it under the rug quickly.
++++++++++++++

Drip, drip, drip, gush, gush...this keeps on comin’ - is this bammy’s and the dims’ Watergate?


49 posted on 09/15/2009 6:16:52 PM PDT by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country & the Tea Party! Take America Back! (Objective media? Try TRAITORS.))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: MrB

But, in pulling funding, their access to the census, etc,
we can perhaps keep the next two elections from being stolen, and THEN perhaps, do a real investigation.
+++++++++++++++

That is a HUGELY important point MrB. If this means the elections can be fair, we’ve won an absolutely critical victory. Keep it up all!!


50 posted on 09/15/2009 6:18:29 PM PDT by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country & the Tea Party! Take America Back! (Objective media? Try TRAITORS.))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 37 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson