ACORN Takes A Shot At The Messengers

Who said there’s no such thing as bad publicity? The discovery process alone ought to be quite revealing. One thing’s for sure the money and pro bono lawyers will pour in to defend this lawsuit.

ACORN sues filmmakers

ACORN filed suit Wednesday in Baltimore, Maryland, against two filmmakers who secretly recorded videos embarrassing to the agency, claiming the pair violated state law by recording their conversations without permission of the employees involved.

The lawsuit seeks an injunction preventing the further distribution of the videos.

The recordings represented “clear violations of Maryland law that were intended to inflict maximum damage to the reputation of ACORN,” the community organizer’s attorney, Arthur Schwartz, said. “Unfortunately, they succeeded.”

Defendants James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles, conservative activists posing as a pimp and a prostitute seeking advice on setting up a brothel with underage girls from El Salvador, recorded the videos in Baltimore and three other cities.

Breitbart.com, registered to Washington Times conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart, is a co-defendant in the lawsuit. Contacted by CNN, Breitbart had no comment on the suit. O’Keefe and Giles did not respond to requests for comment.

See also:
ACORN Sues O’Keefe, Giles and Breitbart.com
ACORN Sues Makers of Hidden Camera Videos
ACORN Vows ‘Serious’ Internal Probe, Sues Filmmakers
ACORN sues hidden-camera filmmakers
ACORN sues Bretibart, ‘pimp, hooker’ duo
ACORN sues undercover filmmakers

Meanwhile, the ground continues to shift underneath ACORN’s foundation as the fallout from “Hookergate” continues to take its toll.

IRS severs ties with ACORN over scandal

The IRS says it is severing ties with ACORN, the community activist group involved in a scandal after employees were caught on video giving advice to a couple posing as a prostitute and pimp.

The Internal Revenue Service said Wednesday it would no longer include ACORN in its volunteer tax assistance program. The program offered free tax advice to about 3 million low- and moderate-income tax filers this spring.

The IRS said ACORN, which is short for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, provided help on about 25,000 returns.

The House and Senate voted earlier this month to sever federal funding to ACORN. And the Census Bureau severed its ties with the group for the 2010 national head-count.

Liberal Dem blasts ACORN

A leading liberal Democrat in the House blasted the embattled community organizing group ACORN Wednesday and said he is urging the White House to withhold any federal funding for the group.

“I am very disappointed in the actions that were taken by members of ACORN,” Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank, Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, said in a statement Wednesday, “and I do not believe that ACORN’s response has been adequate for an organization that has received public funding.”

Frank also said in the statement that he is urging the Obama administration to withhold any additional funding for ACORN “at least until there is very firm evidence that the abuses of which ACORN members have been guilty have not only ceased, but that procedures are in place to prevent them from happening again.”

See also:
IRS, ACORN Sever Ties Over Scandal
IRS, ACORN sever ties over scandal
IRS severs ties to ACORN in wake of latest scandal
I.R.S. Severs Acorn Ties; Group Sues Over Video
Barney Frank flees ACORN
Frank turns against ACORN
Barney Frank, D-Mass: Time to de-fund ACORN
Barney Frank on Acorn
It Was Fraud, Fraud, Fraud, ‘Til Congress Took The Money Away
ACORN Roasting On A Simmering Fire

And ACORN wants even more publicity by filing a lawsuit? Bring it on! Then again, I’m not the one being sued.

/anyway, I know which side I’m rooting for, I hope they get a jury trial and it’s televised

It Was Fraud, Fraud, Fraud, ‘Til Congress Took The Money Away

In the wake of the still unfolding “ACORN and the Hooker” scandal, the U.S. Senate voted 83-7 on Monday for an amendment to block any federal housing grants from going to ACORN. And, if that wasn’t surprising enough, today the U.S. House of Representatives hopped on the bandwagon and also passed legislation to deny ACORN federal funding.

ACORN’s Federal Funding Further Threatened By House Vote

It was another bad day for ACORN, the community organizing group. The House voted Thursday to yank the group’s federal funding, following a similar Senate vote earlier this week.

The legislation passed 345 to 75 as a rider on completely unrelated legislation that would have the federal government displace private lenders from the student-loan industry.

The bill which passed Thursday was a reaction to the latest ACORN scandal. Undercover videos of ACORN employees advising a conservative filmmaker and his friend who posed as a pimp and prostitute on ways to break the law have placed the group on the defensive.

See also:
House Votes to Strip ACORN of Federal Funding
House Votes to Ban Federal Funds for Acorn
House Roll Call: How They Voted on ACORN Defunding
House votes to de-fund ACORN
House and Senate take action against ACORN
GOP seizes on ACORN funding
GOP finally topples ACORN

Even some states were either launching investigations into ACORN or moving to cut off their funding, including California, Georgia, Louisiana, Minnesota, and New York. The pressure is building nationwide and the list may grow.

Of course, at the federal level, removing ACORN from the government teat isn’t a done deal yet. The House and Senate legislation still have to be reconciled (will it cut off all federal ACORN funding or hust some of it?) and then Obama has to sign it. In any case, a special shout out has to go out to James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles the two amatuer videographers who, with a little help from Andrew Breitbart and Fox News, have done more to finally expose the rampant corruption and fraud at ACORN to a nationwide audience than other conservative activists have been able to accomplish in decades of opposing ACORN.

One final tidbit that should be noted is that since the first ACORN hooker video surfaced, polititians with any sense of moral decency have been scrambling to dissacotiate themselves with ACORN and move as far away from the organization as possible. Except that is, for seven Senators and 75 members of the House who, coincidentally, are all Democrats. Gee, they must all have a soft spot in their hearts for child prostitution, money laundering, and tax evasion.

For no particular reason, I’d like to dedicate this song to ACORN and their enablers in Congress.

/ACORN deserves to go away for good, keep the pressure on and don’t let up, tally ho!

ACORN Roasting On A Simmering Fire

UPDATE:

House GOP to call for total cutoff of federal funds to ACORN

Today House Republicans will introduce a bill that would end all federal funding to ACORN and its affiliates. Republicans are also sending a letter to President Obama on the same subject.

The action comes after the release, on the website BigGovernment, of three undercover videos showing ACORN employees in Baltimore, Washington DC, and New York City offering advice on how to evade taxes, cover up prostitution activity, and abet the use of minors in prostitution. In the wake of those disclosures, the U.S. Census cut its ties with ACORN, and yesterday the Senate voted 83-7 to cut off housing funds for the organization.

House Republicans point out that they have long pushed for a cutoff in government funding for ACORN. Republican leader John Boehner last year sent a letter to President Bush asking for the defunding of ACORN. There is already Republican legislation calling for the total cutoff of Housing and Urban Development Department funds to ACORN, and Rep. Darrell Issa, the ranking Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, took a leading role in pushing for the Census Bureau decision.

/will the House go on record too or will Pelosi try and block a vote?

Even though the Obama supporting mainstream media is doing their best to ignore it, in the wake of the “Hooker Hat Trick”, it’s getting really hard to ignore the political and social mendacity of ACORN. At least some in government are figuring out that associating with ACORN is the moral and political equvalent of wet crapping your pants in a public place, something you hope to avoid at all costs. First they came for ACORN’s 2010 census payoff for corruptly helping Democrats get elected and took away that gravy train.

Census Bureau Cuts Its Ties With Acorn

The U.S. Census Bureau on Friday dropped Acorn as a partner for the 2010 Census after two separate hidden-camera videos captured four employees of the community organization giving tax advice on running a brothel to a man posing as an aspiring politician and a woman posing as his girlfriend and a prostitute.

The Census Bureau earlier this year signed up the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, one of the nation’s largest community groups, as a national partner for the decennial census, a role that entails helping to publicize the importance of the count and encouraging people to participate.

In a letter to Acorn President Maude Hurd, Census Director Robert Groves said Acorn had become a distraction.

And now, after ACORN has been busted three times (so far), in three different cities, advising undercover filmakers to defraud government, law enforcement, the IRS, and commit sundry other felonies, even the Senate has seen and smelled the societal gangrene that ACORN practices on a daily basis. Even Senate Democrats can’t stand the stench any longer.

Senate votes to deny funds to ACORN

The Senate voted Monday to block the Housing and Urban Development Department from giving grants to ACORN, a community organization under fire in several voter-registration fraud cases.

The 83-7 vote would deny housing and community grant funding to ACORN, which stands for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.

The action came as the group is suffering from bad publicity after a duo of conservative activists posing as a prostitute and her pimp released hidden-camera videos in which ACORN employees in Baltimore gave advice on house-buying and how to account on tax forms for the woman’s income. Two other videos, aired frequently on media outlets such as the Fox News Channel, depict similar situations in ACORN offices in Brooklyn and Washington, D.C.

The Senate’s move would mean that ACORN would not be able to win HUD grants for programs such as counseling low-income people on how to get mortgages and for fair housing education and outreach.

Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., said that ACORN has received $53 million in taxpayer funds since 1994 and that the group was eligible for a wider set of funding in the pending legislation, which funds housing and transportation programs.

See also:
Census Bureau Drops Acorn From 2010 Effort
US Census Bureau Severs Ties with ACORN for 2010 Census, Fears Group’s Bad Reputation Could Undermine Count
FOX: Census Bureau severs ACORN partnership for 2010 Census
After Census Severs Ties, ACORN May Face Scrutiny of Housing Grants
Senate Votes 83-7 to Block Funds to Acorn
U.S Senate denies funds for poverty group
Senate Votes to Cut Off ACORN Housing Funding
Senate Votes to Bar Funding for Acorn
In wake of hidden camera scandal, Senate votes to deny funds to ACORN
Senate de-funds ACORN, but seven stand by them
ACORN Story Grows But Mainstream Media Refuse to Cover It
ACORN scandal growing, third video made public
Bartlett calls for probe of ACORN over videos
‘ACORN Versus Conservatives’ A Battle To The Death?
All The News That’s Fit To Hide
Criminals For Obama
More ACORN Criminal Activity
Census Fun For Criminals
Knock Knock . . . Who’s There?
Porkapalooza Paying For ACORN To Break The Law (Again)

It’s crystal clear that ACORN systematically engages in widespread fraudulent and criminal activity. It’s also clear that ACORN is a wholly owned integrated subset of the Democrat party, hardly the “non-partisan” entity ACORN claims to be. Don’t believe me? Well, let’s ask Bertha Lewis, the Chief Organizer of Acorn.

Hopefully, non-devious people with half an ounce of moral character will keep up the pressure on ACORN. It’s an organization that crosses every legal, moral, and political boundary in furtherance of the Democrat party. It’s time to make ACORN go away and cutting off all federal funding is a good start.

How much ya wanna bet yet another ACORN “hooker” tape comes out tomorrow?

/any charity/social services work that ACORN still does can easily be picked up by legitimate private charities and social service organizations that don’t violate the law on a daily basis and don’t pledge allegiance to Obama and the Democrat party