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Citigroupís Eric Eve Resigns From ACORN Advisory Committee
NLPC ^ | November 3, 2009 | Peter Flaherty

Posted on 11/03/2009 1:32:36 PM PST by jazusamo

Citigroup has advised NLPC that Senior Vice President Eric Eve has resigned for ACORN’s Advisory Committee. In a September 28 letter to Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit, I asked that the bank sever its relationship with ACORN, including Eve’s membership on the Committee.

In an October 29 reply, Citigroup also stated that it has “suspended our charitable financial support and program relationship with ACORN, and we are awaiting the results of the independent audit of ACORN activities now underway.”

This is ominous, and certainly leaves open the possibility of continued Citigroup support for ACORN. The “independent audit” is no such thing. It is an investigation of ACORN by itself, under the direction of ACORN ally Scott Harshbarger.

ACORN’s own description of the “audit” when it was announced on September 22, suggested that it would be something less than comprehensive:

This independent and thorough review, commissioned by the ACORN Board, will review a sample of ACORN service programs in several cities and create a written assessment of the program with a set of recommendations to allow the organization to run intake and service programs in an ethical, professional and effective manner. (emphasis ours)

Although the date has passed, ACORN announced that “Mr. Harshbarger’s preliminary findings will be completed by the end of October.” Surely, a real legal and financial audit of ACORN, and its hundreds of affiliates, would be a gargantuan undertaking. Even the completion of  “preliminary findings” would take many months. It appears no real investigation was ever contemplated by ACORN or Harshbarger.

ACORN continues to act in bad faith by suing James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles, the two young filmmakers who produced the sting videotapes. If ACORN were actually committed to reform, it would have instead welcomed their successful efforts to expose criminality within ACORN. How can Citigroup leave the door open to renewed support when ACORN is going after these two filmmakers?

Citigroup's letter plainly states just how committed it is to ACORN:

While we have suspended our financial support and program relationship with ACORN, Citi has worked with a variety of nonprofit partners over the years, including ACORN, to provide financial education, meet affordable housing needs and promote stable homeownership for low-to-moderate income customers. More recently, ACORN and other nonprofit partners have been helpful in foreclosure prevention efforts.  In particular, they have helped us to make contact with distressed borrowers and keep them in homes through loan modifications.

Citigroup’s management still doesn’t get it. The company must sever its ties with ACORN once and for all.

Taxpayers are Citigroup’s biggest shareholders, owning 36% of common stock. The bank has received $45 billion in taxpayer TARP funds. In addition, taxpayers are on the hook for the lion’s share of losses on the company’s $335 billion loan portfolio.

According to ACORN's September 22 press release, its Advisory Committee was comprised of:

* John Banks, Vice President of Government Relations Con Ed

* Dave Beckwith, Executive Director, Needmor Fund

* Henry Cisneros, Executive Chairman, Cityview

* Eric Eve, Senior VP of Global Consumer Group, Community Relations, Citigroup

* Harvey Hirschfeld, President, Lawcash

* Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Board Member, RFK Foundation, former MD Lt. Governor

* John Podesta, President and CEO, Center for American Progress

* Andrew Stern, International President, Service Employees International Union



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: acorn; citigroup; hannahgiles

1 posted on 11/03/2009 1:32:39 PM PST by jazusamo
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To: Jet Jaguar

Ping!


2 posted on 11/03/2009 1:34:04 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: All
Please bump the Freepathon and donate if you haven’t done so!

3 posted on 11/03/2009 1:34:28 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

must mean a position in Odumboland


4 posted on 11/03/2009 1:34:39 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle

I may but that whole ACORN board deserves a position in a federal slammer. :)


5 posted on 11/03/2009 1:37:35 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

“It may”


6 posted on 11/03/2009 1:41:53 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Race pimps and poverty pimps, all of them.


7 posted on 11/03/2009 1:53:38 PM PST by oldbrowser (The audacity of incompetence)
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To: jazusamo; Liz
ACORN continues to act in bad faith by suing James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles, the two young filmmakers who produced the sting videotapes. If ACORN were actually committed to reform, it would have instead welcomed their successful efforts to expose criminality within ACORN. How can Citigroup leave the door open to renewed support when ACORN is going after these two filmmakers?

Backbone - always nice...

8 posted on 11/03/2009 1:57:51 PM PST by GOPJ (When I was a child Halloween wasn't a celebration of evil - but a celebration of standing up to evil)
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To: jazusamo; Liz
ACORN continues to act in bad faith by suing James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles, the two young filmmakers who produced the sting videotapes. If ACORN were actually committed to reform, it would have instead welcomed their successful efforts to expose criminality within ACORN. How can Citigroup leave the door open to renewed support when ACORN is going after these two filmmakers?

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Showing some backbone - always nice...

9 posted on 11/03/2009 2:00:10 PM PST by GOPJ (When I was a child Halloween wasn't a celebration of evil - but a celebration of standing up to evil)
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To: jazusamo
"Citigroup’s management still doesn’t get it. The company must sever its ties with ACORN once and for all."

Seems to me a lot easier for customers to sever ties with Citigroup, who, sure sounds to me like they're tap dancing hard enough to win a Dancing With The Stars.

It's not like there's any shortage of banks while sending a loud and clear message to these creeps.

10 posted on 11/03/2009 2:04:44 PM PST by Landru (Forget the pebble Grasshopper, just leave.)
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To: Landru

Agreed, there’s tons of banks wanting customers and Citigroup is tap dancing their rear ends off for ACORN.


11 posted on 11/03/2009 2:11:49 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
"Agreed, there’s tons of banks wanting customers and Citigroup is tap dancing their rear ends off for ACORN."

Yup, and wouldn't you agree it's about damned time we on the Right adopt a li'l "Zero Tolerance" policy of our own, ergo, FIRE 'EM!!

And let me add, LOL, give them no reason for the termination; lest, we find ourselves playing jester to the clown. Again. ;^)

12 posted on 11/03/2009 2:18:08 PM PST by Landru (Forget the pebble Grasshopper, just leave.)
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To: jazusamo; FlingWingFlyer; altair; stephenjohnbanker; little jeremiah; ~Kim4VRWC's~; voteNRA; ...
ACORN Ping!

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


13 posted on 11/03/2009 4:47:00 PM PST by Jet Jaguar (A mob of one.)
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