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ACORN CEO outside court: 'We're on life support'
AP via Google ^ | April 21, 2010 | By LARRY NEUMEISTER

Posted on 04/21/2010 10:36:14 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar

The head of activist group ACORN came to a federal court Tuesday to observe a legal fight over its funding and said the group was on "life support" after waves of bad publicity and an attempt by Congress to cut off its money.

Bertha Lewis, the chief executive officer for the group, said ACORN was getting by on about $4 million annually rather than its one-time $25 million budget and had reduced its staff to four, down from between 350 and 600 employees.

"We're still alive. We're limping along. We're on life support," Lewis said in an interview just after a government lawyer asked a federal appeals court to temporarily block a judge's ruling that it was unconstitutional for Congress to cut funding to ACORN.

A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan did not immediately rule on the request after hearing arguments. If granted, a stay of the lower-court order would remain in place until full arguments on the issue can be heard during the summer.

Attorney Mark Stern argued for the Justice Department that Congress did nothing wrong when it took action last year against ACORN after it identified "widespread mismanagement."

Attorney Jules Lobel of the Center for Constitutional Rights said that funding for economically distressed people who receive government subsidies for homes was being blocked and that the money needed to be freed or some people would be homeless.

U.S. District Judge Nina Gershon has ruled twice in the past six months that the funding cutoff was unconstitutional.

The Brooklyn judge said ACORN was punished by Congress without having gone through processes to decide whether money had been handled inappropriately.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: acorn

1 posted on 04/21/2010 10:36:14 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: FlingWingFlyer; altair; stephenjohnbanker; little jeremiah; ~Kim4VRWC's~; voteNRA; Admiral_Zeon; ...
ACORN Ping

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


2 posted on 04/21/2010 10:36:55 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (*)
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To: BIGLOOK

Thanks.


3 posted on 04/21/2010 10:37:17 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (*)
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To: Jet Jaguar

I don’t trust ACORN. I don’t believe anything Big Bertha says.


4 posted on 04/21/2010 10:37:41 PM PDT by no dems (Palin / Rubio 2012)
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To: Jet Jaguar
"We're On Life Support!"

DNR

5 posted on 04/21/2010 10:37:42 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (http://www.conservatives4palin.com/)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Do Not Resuscitate

Agreed.


6 posted on 04/21/2010 10:39:10 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (*)
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To: Jet Jaguar
Attorney Jules Lobel of the Center for Constitutional Rights said that funding for economically distressed people who receive government subsidies for homes was being blocked and that the money needed to be freed or some people would be homeless.

That is quote of the day.

If you are capable of making a house payment then you should certainly be able to pay a rent payment.

The idea that there are only two options; home ownership and homelessness is completely ludicrous.
7 posted on 04/21/2010 10:41:00 PM PDT by pennyfarmer (Your Socialist Beat our Liberal)
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To: Jet Jaguar

How can you be on life support if you have no life?


8 posted on 04/21/2010 10:43:55 PM PDT by Safrguns
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To: Jet Jaguar

sideways solicitation for money.


9 posted on 04/21/2010 10:44:54 PM PDT by Tempest (I believe in the sanctity of life... As long as you can afford it.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Time to pull the plug.


10 posted on 04/21/2010 10:46:46 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dude! Where's my Constitution!)
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To: Jet Jaguar

On life support.

Too bad.

My local medical review panel has determined that the patient is not worth saving.


11 posted on 04/21/2010 10:56:56 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Now- EVERY US Tax payer is an abortion provider. We are the great satan.)
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To: Jet Jaguar; KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

>>Do Not Resuscitate<<

Is there an “inhibit resuscitation even if apparently spontaneous” category?


12 posted on 04/21/2010 11:01:14 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Craven spirits wear their master's collars but real men would rather feed the battlefield's vultures)
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To: Jet Jaguar

bummer.


13 posted on 04/21/2010 11:03:05 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Jet Jaguar
"ACORN CEO outside court: 'We're on life support'"

Pull the plug.

14 posted on 04/21/2010 11:03:14 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

GOOD!

And I hope ACORN has a VERY deservingly painful death.

I.E.: the bulk of your executives are tried for treason; local, state and national election fraud; and that they spend the next 25 years of their lives in federal prison.


15 posted on 04/21/2010 11:09:25 PM PDT by Lancer_N3502A
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To: Jet Jaguar
Lewis said the legal fight was critical to ACORN's recovery.

"If we can survive this, inch by inch, little by little, this organization can build itself back up," she said. "We're going to fight like hell to stay alive."

Rather an appropriate turn of phrase as their goal is to make the United States a living h*ll.

16 posted on 04/21/2010 11:10:08 PM PDT by Pontiac
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To: Jet Jaguar

What a horrible woman she is.


17 posted on 04/21/2010 11:12:41 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Jet Jaguar
Bertha Lewis, the chief executive officer for the group, said ACORN was getting by on about $4 million annually rather than its one-time $25 million budget and had reduced its staff to four, down from between 350 and 600 employees.

They can't manage their graft and extortion racket on $4 million? Wow, crooks just ain't what they used to be...
18 posted on 04/21/2010 11:16:44 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Jet Jaguar

‘Feign weakness when you are strong’

- Tzu


19 posted on 04/21/2010 11:19:05 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: txhurl
‘Feign weakness when you are strong’

Yeah, that seems to be the stratgy. Remember how the media and Demoncraps were saying that Obambi's Health Insurance Bill was dead? It was all a ruse. DON'T BE FOOLED AGAIN!

20 posted on 04/21/2010 11:22:15 PM PDT by timestax (The so called news media is the enemy of freedom....timestax)
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To: Jet Jaguar
ACORN CEO outside court: 'We're on life support'

I wish literally.

21 posted on 04/21/2010 11:46:20 PM PDT by Bullish (Light skinned with no negro dialect (unless I want one))
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To: Jet Jaguar

“Bertha Lewis, the chief executive officer for the group, said ACORN was getting by on about $4 million annually rather than its one-time $25 million budget and had reduced its staff to four, down from between 350 and 600 employees. “
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350-600, that’s a big gap on numbers—surley she can get closer to accurate, if she’s truly a CEO worth her salt.

What, did they give themselves a raise?

25 million split between 600 is what? 41,000 or so and 350 is 71,000 or so? (I suck at math)

Now 4 split 4 million, a million each?

Hells bells, it hasn’t been a year since they were cut off the gov’t teat, either.

Whole lotta bullsheet going on with that whine!

(she didn’t mention overhead) but still—it appears they either paid themselves like royalty and the minions made jack—or they gave themselves a huge raise.


22 posted on 04/21/2010 11:50:23 PM PDT by Irenic
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To: timestax

ACORN has already renamed itself with so many designations that I’m sure that we are funding them in one way or another.


23 posted on 04/22/2010 12:13:57 AM PDT by widowithfoursons
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To: Lancer_N3502A

Sounds like a death panel decision to me. LOL


24 posted on 04/22/2010 12:23:23 AM PDT by Catsrus (Have)
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To: Jet Jaguar
ACORN CEO outside court: 'We're on life support'

Give them the same treatment given Terry Schiavo.

25 posted on 04/22/2010 12:26:39 AM PDT by OrangeHoof (Washington, we Texans want a divorce!)
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To: Jet Jaguar

4 million a year for 4 employees?????? Poor things must be starving.


26 posted on 04/22/2010 1:11:00 AM PDT by skimask
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To: Jet Jaguar

Thankyou Andrew Breitbart, Giles and O’Keefe!


27 posted on 04/22/2010 1:36:21 AM PDT by stilloftyhenight
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To: Jet Jaguar

“...or some people would be homeless”.

And I can only hope it’s bertha and her merry band of ACORN criminals.


28 posted on 04/22/2010 2:22:40 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: Jet Jaguar

29 posted on 04/22/2010 3:19:02 AM PDT by Dahoser (Separation of church and state? No, we need separation of media and state.)
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To: Jet Jaguar
Where's the plug so I can pull it?
30 posted on 04/22/2010 3:48:49 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Thinking of using 911 for protection? Google "Brittany Zimmerman")
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To: Jet Jaguar

Pull the plug!!!!!!!!!


31 posted on 04/22/2010 3:50:21 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Free the Navy Seals)
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To: Jet Jaguar
"We're still alive. We're limping along. We're on life support,"

Hurry, someone pull the plug!

32 posted on 04/22/2010 3:59:42 AM PDT by Sarajevo (You're jealous because the voices only talk to me.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

“The Brooklyn judge said ACORN was punished by Congress without having gone through processes to decide whether money had been handled inappropriately.”

Since when does ACORN have a “right” to taxpayers money??


33 posted on 04/22/2010 4:28:05 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops....and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Pull the damn plug already!!!


34 posted on 04/22/2010 4:43:33 AM PDT by MortMan (It's unconstitutional, it's wrong, and it's evil. But that's Obama in a nutshell.)
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To: Jet Jaguar
Bertha Lewis, ACORN’s HEAD TURD SPEAKER!
35 posted on 04/22/2010 5:15:49 AM PDT by classified
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To: Jet Jaguar

“ACORN CEO outside court: ‘We’re on life support’”

I hope it fails.


36 posted on 04/22/2010 6:04:39 AM PDT by RoadTest (Religion is a substitute for the relationship God wants with you.)
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To: Jet Jaguar
U.S. District Judge Nina Gershon has ruled twice in the past six months that the funding cutoff was unconstitutional.

Maybe it is time a conservative congresscritter held up funding for the court system... Y' know -- teach them who pays and (in the words of Dr. Utopia) they should just say "Thank you."
37 posted on 04/22/2010 10:07:58 AM PDT by Peet (<- A.K.A. the Foundling)
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To: Jet Jaguar
I feel bad for them... that they still are operational and getting any tax payer money. Let's hook them up.


38 posted on 05/21/2010 6:50:59 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Hey, Barack "Hubris" Obama, $10 is all it would take, why spend millions to cover it up?)
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