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Seeds of Doubt [New Orleans ACORN office shutting down?]
The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune ^ | September 20, 2009 | Bruce Nolan

Posted on 09/20/2009 6:14:20 PM PDT by rrstar96

ACORN, a social justice organization with roots in [New Orleans], battles a string of scandals.

The announcement stuck to a wall outside the entrance to ACORN's local office in the 2600 block of Canal Street quietly signals the trouble afoot.

In English and Spanish, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now tells walk-up clients that ACORN's housing office has shut itself down for two weeks to immerse itself "in an intensive training program."

The sign is a symptom of a tumultuous week in the history of a controversial poor people's social justice movement -- one founded by a New Orleanian and based in the city for most of its nearly 40-year history.

But not for much longer.

In the wake of an embezzlement scandal last fall that ousted founder Wade Rathke, ACORN officials said their new leadership is transferring national headquarters to Washington, D.C.

The five-story building that houses ACORN on Canal Street, with another on Elysian Fields Avenue, is for sale.

(Excerpt) Read more at nola.com ...


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1 posted on 09/20/2009 6:14:21 PM PDT by rrstar96
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To: lsucat; Roux; Pikachu_Dad; WFTR; chemicalman; abb; Liberty911; CajunConservative; LSUfan; ...

Pelican State ping


2 posted on 09/20/2009 6:15:13 PM PDT by rrstar96 (Strength and Honor!)
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To: rrstar96; FlingWingFlyer; altair; stephenjohnbanker; youturn; little jeremiah; ~Kim4VRWC's~; ...
ACORN Ping!

FReep mail me if you want on/off the list.


3 posted on 09/20/2009 6:17:17 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (A mob of one.)
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To: rrstar96
ACORN officials said their new leadership is transferring national headquarters to Washington, D.C.

Hmmmm
4 posted on 09/20/2009 6:17:28 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: rrstar96

Without federal funds they can’t stay in business. Be forewarned they will re-emerge under another name and get congressional dollars from same that recently denied further funding.


5 posted on 09/20/2009 6:17:28 PM PDT by Brandonmark (News Coverage)
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To: rrstar96

Name change.

ACORN is now COI (Comm. Organizers, Intl, I think).

We could get lost in letters of all the 300 or so organizations that are ACORNs.


6 posted on 09/20/2009 6:18:36 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spirito Sancto.)
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To: cripplecreek

Pennsylvania Avenue????


7 posted on 09/20/2009 6:18:42 PM PDT by IrishPennant (Where is my much anticipated Obama Opus?)
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To: rrstar96

they are moving to ny to consolidate...


8 posted on 09/20/2009 6:18:59 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: rrstar96

I guess they don’t like Jindal country no mo.


9 posted on 09/20/2009 6:19:49 PM PDT by ryan71 (Smells like a revolution)
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To: rrstar96
ACORN's housing office has shut itself down for two weeks to immerse itself "in an intensive training program

More specifically, the Director of Employer Employee Protocol, Special High Intensity Training (DEEP SHIT) has paid a visit and will not be leaving soon ...

10 posted on 09/20/2009 6:21:02 PM PDT by Bernard (If you always tell the truth, you never have to remember what you said.)
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To: cripplecreek

See they will be protected. That’s Zero’s bread and butter. They will stay in business. Child sex smuggling business for the dems is not a problem.


11 posted on 09/20/2009 6:22:04 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (WARNING! WARNING! "Political Terrorist in Charge" — STAY AWAY FROM MY BODY)
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To: Brandonmark

bump


12 posted on 09/20/2009 6:22:23 PM PDT by altair (I hope he fails)
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To: rrstar96
Alas, it'll be a while before NY gets rid of ACORN...:)
13 posted on 09/20/2009 6:30:55 PM PDT by bronxville
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To: Brandonmark

“Without federal funds they can’t stay in business.”

They don’t need government money. They’re getting millions upon millions now from the Sandlers and probably Soros but not sure about him though I know he’s in league with the Sandlers.


14 posted on 09/20/2009 6:33:58 PM PDT by bronxville
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To: rrstar96
The cockroaches are scattering back into the dark cracks and crevices. They will emerge again where the spotlights aren't shining so bright.
15 posted on 09/20/2009 6:44:22 PM PDT by eggman (Obama's Spread the Wealth will work just as well as Spread the Liabilities (sub-prime mortgages))
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To: combat_boots

“Name change.”

Yep! Like those furniture stores that supposedly go belly up and reopen the next day under a different name.


16 posted on 09/20/2009 6:55:38 PM PDT by aquila48
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To: ryan71
"I guess they don’t like Jindal country no mo."

That, and the nasty little fact that Buddy Caldwell has subpeoned all of their records since 1999. Roaches and rats hate sunlight.

17 posted on 09/20/2009 6:58:29 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (America: Home of the Free Because of the Brave)
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To: rrstar96

Roaches just scattering. ACORN will reform and Obama’s corrupt DOJ will protect the higher ups.


18 posted on 09/20/2009 7:01:57 PM PDT by Frantzie (Do we want ACORN running America's healthcare?)
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To: IrishPennant

Yup. There new HQ office will be in The White Hut.


19 posted on 09/20/2009 7:02:53 PM PDT by Frantzie (Do we want ACORN running America's healthcare?)
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To: eggman

“Closing down for two weeks for..........WHAT???”

I’ll tell you what!! The extra shredding machines are either in place or will be on Monday. They will be running overtime for the duration. That hum you hear from inside aint the sound of progress! Dont expect to find any records of consequence.


20 posted on 09/20/2009 7:03:52 PM PDT by Don@VB
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To: rrstar96

Looks like Jindal’s overtures to start an investigation made them decide to get the heck out of Dodge.

They’ll probably get a new name and keep on rigging voter rolls.


21 posted on 09/20/2009 7:22:48 PM PDT by Terpfen (FR is being Alinskied. Remember, you only take flak when you're over the target.)
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To: Brandonmark

Without federal funds they can’t stay in business. Be forewarned they will re-emerge under another name and get congressional dollars from same that recently denied further funding.
+++++++++

We must track this like hawks.


22 posted on 09/20/2009 7:38:46 PM PDT by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country & the Tea Party! Take America Back! (Objective media? Try TRAITORS.))
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To: rrstar96
Intensive training program:

1- Don't talk out loud to pimps and prostitutes.

2- Don't talk out loud to illegal alien smugglers.

3- Don't talk out loud to anyone.

4- Cavity search them for cameras and microphones.

5- Resume business as usual.

23 posted on 09/20/2009 7:39:18 PM PDT by Sender (It's never too late to be who you could have been.)
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To: combat_boots

We could get lost in letters of all the 300 or so organizations that are ACORNs.
++++++++++++++++

Let’s roll...


24 posted on 09/20/2009 7:39:30 PM PDT by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country & the Tea Party! Take America Back! (Objective media? Try TRAITORS.))
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To: rrstar96
ACORN's housing office has shut itself down for two weeks to immerse itself "in an intensive training program."

Uh huh. I'd bet that every Staples and Office Depot within ten miles of this place sold out of paper shredders this week.

25 posted on 09/20/2009 8:10:33 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: rrstar96

It has hundreds of front groups. Keep a watch on that office and see what opens there. Might have thee xact employees and doing the exact same things.


26 posted on 09/20/2009 8:24:19 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com ............. http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: bronxville
They don’t need government money. They’re getting millions upon millions now from the Sandlers and probably Soros but not sure about him though I know he’s in league with the Sandlers.

Granted the left wing socialists will continue to fund, but we need to hold our elected officials accountable for tax dollar funding

27 posted on 09/20/2009 9:07:34 PM PDT by Brandonmark (News Coverage)
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To: SeattleBruce
We must track this like hawks.

Yes...must maintain our vigilance!

28 posted on 09/20/2009 9:09:59 PM PDT by Brandonmark (News Coverage)
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To: rrstar96

ACORN officials said their new leadership is transferring national headquarters to Washington, D.C. (to be close to dear leader, Pres. Big Ears)

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All 290+ ?

290+ ACORN Organizations Track To The Same Addresses In New Orleans

http://tinyurl.com/mpaplo


29 posted on 09/20/2009 9:14:28 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: rrstar96

“The local group hasn’t been tarnished,” said Pam Dashiell with the Lower Ninth Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement. Her group partners with ACORN, and she has concerns too.

ACORN leaders said the controversy will have no effect on what happens in New Orleans.

http://www.wdsu.com/news/20992411/detail.html


30 posted on 09/20/2009 9:16:58 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: rrstar96

Louisiana governor bans state contracts with ACORN -Shreveport Times

Jindal issues order halting state funds - Monroe News Star

Jindal issues order ending funding to ACORN - WWL

City Contracts with ACORN as state and feds pull funds - FOX 8 News WVUE-TV

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New York ACORN Front Group Based in New Orleans Gets Taxpayer Money

Wed, 09/09/2009

One of the defining hallmarks of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, is its propensity for using front organizations to advance its goals. The New Orleans-based nonprofit organization has fully 360 subsidiary and adjunct groups. Lately, one of its affiliates, a misleadingly-named nonprofit entity called New York Agency for Community Affairs, Inc. (NYACA), has been at the center of attention. A recent probe by a consortium of New York City newspapers shows NYACA thus far in this year alone has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from New York state and local taxpayers for political campaign services. In many cases, the lawmakers who earmarked the funds had been locked in close re-election campaigns that used NYACA volunteers. It’s no small wonder that NYACA and ACORN overlap to the point of being nearly indistinguishable.

According to its mission statement, NYACA was founded “to provide a vehicle for grassroots community organizations to increase their capacity to meet the needs of low- and moderate-income communities.” The group’s avowed purpose is assisting homeowners facing foreclosure and renters seeking to buy a home. But in practice it is a cleverly-disguised conduit for ACORN to contribute money to left-of-center New York politicians in tight re-election races. “There seems to be some sort of relationship between these different organizations,” said Jill Manny, a New York University law professor and executive director of the National Center on Philanthropy and the Law, after reviewing NYACA tax records. That would be an understatement.

More...

http://www.nlpc.org/stories/2009/09/09/new-york-acorn-front-group-based-new-orleans-gets-taxpayer-money


31 posted on 09/20/2009 9:20:36 PM PDT by kcvl
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Examining tax forms, lobbying records, campaign finance reports, and contracts, researchers found that in 2009, NYACA has received $175,000 from eight state senators, $240,500 from 10 state assemblymen, and $85,000 from four New York City Council members. For 2006, NYACA reported a little over $1.3 million in revenues, almost all from government. That same year, the group paid out nearly $1.2 million for “contractual services” to ACORN and another $67,000 in direct grants. And in 2007, NYACA received more than $730,000 in government support, sending $711,152 of that to ACORN.


32 posted on 09/20/2009 9:21:41 PM PDT by kcvl
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Even more curiously, the New York Agency for Community Affairs isn’t based in New York at all, but at 2609 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70119, the same address as ACORN’s local affiliate there. What’s more, NYACA’s chief organizer is Jon Kest, younger brother of ACORN National Executive Director Steven Kest. Jon Kest also serves as chief organizer for the local ACORN chapter in New Orleans. As ACORN has its national headquarters in New Orleans (1024 Elysian Fields Avenue), it doesn’t take a huge leap of imagination to realize NYACA is an ACORN front. But NYACA isn’t entirely devoid of a New York connection: One of its employees is Bertha Lewis, head of ACORN’s New York City affiliate. And the Kests until a decade ago ran the New York City operation. That’s when Ms. Lewis assumed the reins. Even sports teams change their name if they move to another city. Apparently, ACORN affiliates don’t.

Creative bookkeeping explains why ACORN saw fit to add an organizational layer in the form of New York Agency for Community Affairs. NYACA is registered as a “public charity,” which exempts it from paying certain state and local taxes, and equally importantly, prohibits it from engaging in or supporting political activity. ACORN, on the other hand, is a “social welfare organization” - that is, authorized to conduct certain political campaign operations using public as well as private funds. ACORN in fact has received large sums of money from the Working Families Party (WFP), an entity founded by none other than Steven Kest in 1998 to move the Democratic Party leftward (Note: Under New York State election law, a party may “cross-endorse” candidates of other parties). The WFP describes itself as a coalition founded by ACORN, the Communications Workers of America and the United Auto Workers.


33 posted on 09/20/2009 9:23:45 PM PDT by kcvl
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As ACORN Engaged In Political Work, Affiliate Received Taxpayer Money

Millions of government dollars sent to group in ACORN offices, then sent to ACORN

A non-profit organization which has affiliates providing campaign-related services for political candidates has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money in recent years, allocated in many cases by some of the same lawmakers on whose campaigns the group worked.

The earmarks have been directed to the New York Agency for Community Affairs (NYACA), which is located at the same office as ACORN and its various political arms.

NYACA received $175,000 from eight state senators this year, $240,500 from 10 Assembly members and $85,000 from four Council members.

Several of those legislators received backing from ACORN in current or previous political campaigns in the form of canvassing and other field work when facing contested races.

NYACA and ACORN.

“The organizations share staff and office space,” said Mariana Davenport, the executive director of NYACA, in an email, adding that, “Although many of the NYACA board members are also members of ACORN, ACORN has no authority to direct NYACA.”

Davenport, herself an ACORN employee, wrote that the organization she heads has no independent payroll and acts simply as a “fiscal sponsor” for taxpayer funding meant for ACORN’s foreclosure prevention efforts and homebuyers’ assistance programs, among other initiatives.

Davenport explained, “when NYACA receives a grant, it enters into a contract/grant agreement with ACORN which sets out the parameters of all work and strictly requires that all work complies with section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue code,” adding that, “the fiscal sponsor and its board serve to provide independent oversight to ensure contractors or sub-grantees use funding strictly for permissible purposes.”

The Senate Democratic Campaign Committee, for example, has paid both Data and Field Services, the for-profit arm of the Working Families Party, and “ACORN Associates” tens of thousands of dollars for campaign-related services as recently as last year.

Elected Officials Who Funded NYACA:

In addition Perkins and Krueger, the state senators who have funded NYACA are: Eric Schneiderman, Velmanette Montgomery, Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Hiram Monserrate, Kevin Parker, Diane Savino, Eric Adams and John Sampson.

In addition to Palma, the Council members who have funded NYACA are: Bill de Blasio, Melissa Mark-Viverito and James Sanders.

The Assembly members who have funded NYACA are: Sheldon Silver, William Boyland, Adam Clayton Powell IV, Hakeem Jeffries, Vivian Cook, Audrey Pheffer, Annette Robinson, Richard Gottfried, Nick Perry and Darryl Towns. Aurelia Greene, now the deputy Bronx borough president, also funded the group while in the Assembly.

http://www.cityhallnews.com/news/132/ARTICLE/2116/2009-09-02.html


34 posted on 09/20/2009 9:28:50 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: rrstar96

Issa Concludes ACORN Is a Racket

Submitted by Carl Horowitz on Wed, 07/29/2009

On Thursday, July 23, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., Ranking Minority Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, released an 88-page report, “Is ACORN Intentionally Structured as a Criminal Enterprise?” The answer to this question: affirmative. Issa pulled no punches. “It is outrageous that ACORN will be rewarded for its criminal acts by taxpayer money in the stimulus and is being asked to help with the U.S. census,” he remarked at a news conference. “This report shines a light on clear criminal conduct and it is abundantly clear that they (ACORN and its affiliates) cannot and should not be trusted with taxpayer dollars.” Issa amplified his view as a guest on Fox News Channel’s “Glenn Beck Show,” denouncing the group’s “pattern of loose financial accounting and no firewalls.”

ACORN’s extensive taxpayer subsidies alone merit a high degree of scrutiny. Over the last 15 years, the federal government has provided $53 million to this organization and its complex network of affiliates. And this money pales before what’s coming down the pike. As the committee report notes, ACORN is eligible to receive up to $8.5 billion in federal stimulus funds in the coming fiscal year, especially through programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In other words, it’s not hard to see why many of the group’s critics see ACORN as an adjunct of the Obama administration. President Obama, after all, himself began as a community organizer.

Yet even if ACORN had never received a penny of government money, it should be investigated anyway. That’s because in organizational structure and operating style, ACORN strongly resembles a racketeering enterprise. The opening three paragraphs of the report’s executive summary set the tone:

http://www.nlpc.org/stories/2009/07/29/house-oversight-committee-concludes-acorn-racket


35 posted on 09/20/2009 9:30:17 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: TribalPrincess2U
One of Fidel Castro's sources of income is peddling kids to foreign pedophiles.

I wouldn't be surprised if ACORN has a branch office in Havana.

36 posted on 09/20/2009 11:58:18 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: kcvl
ACORN leaders said the controversy will have no effect on what happens in New Orleans.

My question to ACORN is: What the heck have you done for New Orleans?

37 posted on 09/21/2009 6:22:07 AM PDT by rrstar96 (Strength and Honor!)
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To: combat_boots
"ACORN is now COI (Comm. Organizers, Intl, I think)."

Yes. I wrote my senator (Shelby) and in his reply he noted that the organization I called ACORN is now named COI. So....they know about the change.

38 posted on 09/21/2009 8:10:33 AM PDT by blam
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To: piasa

OMG!

I wouldn’t be surprised at anything anymore.


39 posted on 09/21/2009 9:17:48 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (WARNING! WARNING! "Political Terrorist in Charge" — STAY AWAY FROM MY BODY)
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