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Obama Gives New Grant to ACORN; Did He Violate Federal Law?
American Spectator blog ^ | June 30, 2011 | Matthew Vadum

Posted on 06/30/2011 11:49:31 AM PDT by vadum

Why is Obama apparently defying federal law by funding ACORN?

Judicial Watch discovered the administration is flouting the will of Congress by giving federal money to ACORN.

Obama's HUD  gave a $79,819 grant to the largest branch of the ACORN tree, ACORN Housing Corp. . AHC filed papers last year legally changing its name to Affordable Housing Centers of America.

Worse yet, the grant funds a political agitation and indoctrination program. Here's HUD's euphemistic description of the program:

Education and Outreach Initiative grants (EOI) - HUD awarded $6.8 million to organizations that educate the public and housing providers about their rights and obligations under federal, state, and local fair housing laws. Groups will also conduct fair lending workshops, community meetings, and individual counseling activities focused on homeowners at risk for discrimination.

According to HUD, the grant money came out of fiscal 2010 appropriations.

That's a big problem.

As I reported previously, in 2009 Congress passed four separate appropriations bills that contained language blocking federal funds from flowing to ACORN during federal fiscal year 2010, which ran from Oct. 1, 2009 through Sept. 30, 2010. All four laws prevent ACORN and its affiliates from receiving taxpayer dollars.


Yet despite the ban, President Obama, who worked for ACORN as an employee and as the group's lawyer, found it in his heart to hand over $79,819 of your money to his thug friends at ACORN.

As I warn in my new book, Subversion Inc.: How Obama's ACORN Red Shirts are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers, ACORN is still with us, doing its best to destroy American capitalism and democracy.

The group is gearing up right now to make sure President Obama gets reelected in 2012. Its state chapters have adopted assumed names and remain active. Project Vote, ACORN's vote manufacturing factory, continues to operate unmolested in ACORN's Washington, D.C. office.

You've been warned.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: acorn; alinsky; hud; subversioninc
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1 posted on 06/30/2011 11:49:40 AM PDT by vadum
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To: vadum

Oh, you silly thing. Don’t you know laws don’t apply to him? It’s good to be king.

2 posted on 06/30/2011 11:50:44 AM PDT by bgill
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To: bgill

Heh heh. So it is.

3 posted on 06/30/2011 11:51:55 AM PDT by vadum
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To: vadum

do birds fly?

4 posted on 06/30/2011 11:53:10 AM PDT by sappy
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To: vadum

He doesn’t give a flying lizard about the law. He thinks he is the law. It makes me sick to think we are going through this because people believed a flim-flam man. Obama voters pay attention next time, would you please.

5 posted on 06/30/2011 11:53:41 AM PDT by Bitsy (!)
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To: vadum

Wonder what it will take for someone with authority to take notice. baraq flaunts the law at will and nothing happens.

6 posted on 06/30/2011 11:54:33 AM PDT by Texas resident (Hunkered Down)
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To: vadum

The MSM had better start calling him out on this stuff. It’s no longer about just about the usual right vs. left back and forth BS. Our country’s financial well-being and security is at stake. This is the United States of America. Not his personal commie playground to do as he pleases. Enough of this protecting the do nothing POS.

7 posted on 06/30/2011 11:54:57 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: vadum
Obama Gives New Grant to ACORN; Did He Violate Federal Law?

It is not possible for Pharaoh Obama to violate the law. He is the giver of all law.

8 posted on 06/30/2011 11:55:58 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Holy flippin' crap, Sarah rocks the world!)
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To: vadum

Impeach him!

9 posted on 06/30/2011 11:56:25 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: vadum
Why is Obama apparently defying federal law by funding ACORN?

He must honestly already know that he is toast politically if this is true.

10 posted on 06/30/2011 11:56:28 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Liz
...found it in his heart to hand over $79,819 of your money to his thug friends at ACORN.

Hussein's stash.

11 posted on 06/30/2011 11:57:50 AM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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The Tax-exempt Clinton Foundation donated $250,000 to ACORN.

Clinton pictured above with ACORN founder Wade Rathke.

The tax-exempt Clinton Foundation had just donated $250,000 to ACORN.

The tax-exempt Clinton Foundation supposedly provided $275,000 in grants for ACORNS’S "Katrina Benefits Access project" and ACORN'S "Operation Hope Project; Restore Hope."

The tax-exempt Clinton Foundation also helped secure "private sector" commitments for ACORN.


Senate Finance Committee Study ACORN comprises a mind-boggling 94 different affiliates, that amounts to "a big shell game," a biting Senate Finance Committee study shows. The study, by the staff of Iowa Republican Charles Grassley, reveals four ACORN charity groups give more than half their revenue to taxable entities that engage in "impermissible lobbying and political activity."

ACORN and it’s subsidiaries for decades have moved taxpayer money into their own pockets and into the left-wing Marxist machine.

Sen Charles Grassley's documents show leaders of ACORN community groups 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.

Sen 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.


REFERENCE The IRS has pinpointed tax-exempt "foundations and charities" as the locus classicus for tax evasion and money laundering. The BIGGEST tax-exempt fraud --- a tax-exempt foundation writing checks to a tax-exempt charity (the way crooks look "altruistic" as they siphon off tax-free money for personal/political uses).

REPORT POSSIBLE CRIMINAL ACTIVITY : Conspiracy, collusion, government fraud; mishandling public property, falsifying official records, tax fraud, computer trespass, US Postal and electronic fraud.

IRS TOLL-FREE 1-800-829-0433----you may remain anonymous.
FBI TIP PAGE (you may remain anonymous)
Toll-free Capitol switchboard: 800-965-4701----800-828-0498------- 877-762-8762

12 posted on 06/30/2011 12:18:39 PM PDT by Liz ( A taxpayer voting for Obama is like a chicken voting for Col Sanders.)
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Filed January 7, 2009

EXCERPT The undersigned State Board delegates and National Board members of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (“ACORN”) file this criminal complaint against ACORN Staff and Executive Board members
for fraud, embezzlement, conspiracy and concealment, and criminal civil rights violations. Additionally, since there has already been the public admission that a felony was committed, it is also possible that other federal offenses have also been committed including but not limited to;

Title 18 U.S.C. §1341, Mail Fraud,
18 U.S.C.§1001, Presenting a False Document to the an Agent of the United States Government;
18 U.S.C.§1027 False statements and concealment of facts in relation to documents required by the Employee Retirement
Income Security Act of 1974 and other possible offenses including civiland/or criminal RICO violations.
18 U.S.C. §§1961-68 (RICO Act)18 U.S.C. §1001 (False Statements to Agents of the U.S. Government),
18 U.S.C. §1341 (Mail Fraud),18 U.S.C. §1027 (ERISA Violations), and,
18 U.S.C. §241(Conspiracy Against Civil Rights).

Complainants contend that full investigations of a RICO conspiracy under 18 U.S.C. §1962(c) are warranted because they assert that (1) the defendant persons (2) were employed by or associated with an enterprise (3) that engaged in or affected interstate commerce and that (4) the defendant persons operated or managed the enterprise (5) through a pattern (6) of racketeering activity, and, (7) the complaints were injured in its business or property by reason of the pattern of racketeering activity.

Thus, the complainants feel that a formal RICO investigation is also warranted. 1. The Alleged Offense:The Complainants hereby allege a violation of Title 18 U.S.C. §241 – Conspiracy Against Constitutional Rights – which prohibits in relevant part, “two or more persons (from conspiring) to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same . . .” See, 18 U.S.C. §241.

BACKGROUND ACORN, or the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, is a community-based advocacy organization founded in 1970. ACORN became part of the story of the 2008 presidential election as news reports and allegations surfaced against ACORN in a number of states. These complaints refer primarily to alleged irregularities with voter registration drives conducted by the organization. (National Review Online: Inside Obama’s ACORN, May 29, 2008.) But also included significant embezzlement and concealment by Senior Staff and Executive Committee members.

ACORN registered as a non-profit corporation with the Secretary of State in Louisiana in 1977. Its Charter Organization ID is 04700320X. According to its corporate filings, ACORN’s principle place of business is New Orleans, Louisiana, and approximately 294 related entities and related non-profits are also located at this place of business. ACORN is not registered as a tax-exempt organization.

ACORN’s top three officers are President Maude Hurd of Dorchester, MA, Vice President Maria Polanco of Brooklyn, NY, and Secretary Maxine A. Nelson of Pine Bluff, AR, and Bertha Lewis. Maxine A. Nelson is also the director of Project Vote.

Citizen’s Consulting, Inc. (CCI) provides bookkeeping, human resource and financial management services exclusively for ACORN and related entities. All of CCI’s “clients” reside at ACORN office locations, utilize common management and staff. CCI is the financial “nerve center” for ACORN and it affiliated organizations which houses the corporate books and records for all ACORN entities.

ACORN was founded by Wade Rathke, an activist on issues of labor unions and lowincome workers, and Gary Delgado, an activist on issues of race and social justice. It has national headquarters in New York, New Orleans and Washington, D.C. The organization describes itself as a non-profit, non-partisan social justice organization.

In 2003, ACORN opened operations in 20 new cities, including 5 state capitals. The group claims about 350,000 members across the country. (Wall Street Journal: Obama and ACORN, October 14, 2008.). Since 1970, ACORN has grown to more than 400,000 member families, organized in 1,200 neighborhood chapters in 110 cities across the U.S. and in cities in Canada, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Argentina and India.

ACORN Government grants According to Oct 8, 2008 New York Post, 40% of ACORN’s operations are funded through grants it receives from various governmental entities. (NYP: The Pro-Barack Vote-Fraud Drive, Michelle Malkin, Oct. 8, 2008.)

Grants to ACORN by the Dept of Housing and Urban Development: $8.2 million between 2003 and 2006, as well as $1.6 million to ACORN affiliates. The EPA gave a $100,000 grant to ACORN in 2004 for a Louisiana Justice Project, which removed lead from the homes of low income families. The Justice Dept also gave a grant to ACORN in 2005 for a juvenile delinquency program. (NPR:ACORN’s Money Tree Has Many Branches, October 15, 2008).

Complainants vs. Bertha Lewis, Wade Rathke, Dale Rathke, Steven Kest, Jon Kest,Mike Shea, Zach Pollett, Helene O’Brien, Amy Schur,Liz Wolf, Beth Butler, Mildred Brown, Maud Hurd, Alton Bennett, Beth Kingsley and other unknown individuals. —SNIP—

13 posted on 06/30/2011 12:21:23 PM PDT by Liz ( A taxpayer voting for Obama is like a chicken voting for Col Sanders.)
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To: vadum

Who’s going to do anything about it. Shouldn’t this be the job of Congress?

14 posted on 06/30/2011 12:22:55 PM PDT by RC2
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To: Bitsy

Just fulfilling the dreams of the drunken lout who fathered and abandoned him.

He needs a psychiatrist - not the helm of a country he wants to fundamentally transform - apparently in some sort of search to validate his own existence.

15 posted on 06/30/2011 12:32:22 PM PDT by Aria ( "If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.")
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To: Liz

” ACORN founder Wade Rathke.”

Are you sure? It looks more like Cindy Shehan!(sp?)

16 posted on 06/30/2011 12:34:31 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: vadum
"Did I violate the Law? VIOLATE the LAW?"...

17 posted on 06/30/2011 12:38:43 PM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: vadum

Add it to the list of other things no one will do anything about.

18 posted on 06/30/2011 12:42:23 PM PDT by liberalh8ter
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To: vadum

Even the Bummer signed on to the declaration. Then ACORN sued claiming it to be a bill of attainder (a law singling out a person or entity by name for sanctions) and some court agreed and tossed it out.

Now Bummer could have done the ethical thing and at least refused to fund (in his discretion to choose organizations to fund) organizations tied to the scandalous behavior (i.e. winking at sex slavery) that got the initial effort to ban Federal aid to ACORN going.

19 posted on 06/30/2011 12:49:41 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: Aria

The God of the Bible is quicker and surer.

20 posted on 06/30/2011 12:51:30 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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