Thursday, October 09, 2008

Boehner Pushes for the End of Federal Funding for ACORN

It wasn't be happenstance that 4 of my last 6 posts were about ACORN. The voter registration fraud indictments, raids, and allegations keep coming. Today, Representative John Boehner increased the pressure to do something about ACORN which continues to assault the free electoral process and scoff and attempts to stop them.
The latest allegations of voter registration fraud by ACORN are further evidence that this group cannot be trusted with another dollar of the taxpayers’ money.

Election cycle after election cycle, this organization has been at the forefront of breaking the law in order to promote their left-wing agenda. All the while, they have been the recipients of millions of dollars of federal funding through various federal programs and third-party groups. House Republicans took at stand recently to cut off funding to an ACORN slush fund created by their allies in the House Majority, but now more must be done.

All federal funding to ACORN must be stopped. The ACORN slush fund must be disbanded. Sources of federal funding through the Department of Housing and Urban Development or any other agency must be stopped. Contracting for services between candidates for federal office and ACORN, as Senator Obama has done, must end. Now that the taxpayers own Fannie Mae, any funding from Fannie Mae’s nonprofit foundation to ACORN must stop.

ACORN spent decades promoting the housing policies that brought America’s economy to the brink, and similarly over the years has committed fraud on our system of elections, making American voters question the fairness and accuracy of the exercise of their most fundamental right under the Constitution. Now it is time to cut off ACORN before it grows even more destructive.
There are two big demands here.
  1. No more federal funding of ACORN. It is beyond time that has been called for; we'll see how far Boehner is able to get with his push. Remember, it was only a short time ago when the modified bailout plan by the Democrats tried to quietly push 20% of profits to ACORN.

  2. No more campaign contributions from ACORN. Here, remember that Obama received $800,000 in contributions from ACORN and (oops!) forgot to disclose it.
Ed Morrissey comments:
The pattern seems very clear. Wherever ACORN works, they file hundreds and thousands of bogus registrations. These aren’t isolated incidents, but strongly suggest a systemic effort to undermine democracy. Not only should taxpayers not fund such an organization, but the Department of Justice should treat it the same way they treat organized-crime syndicates.
I am not confident a Congress controlled by the likes of Pelosi and Reid will do anything of substance to ACORN. But if Obama wins the Presidency it is clear ACORN will be be handed boatloads of cash and that they will use this money to devalue the electoral process with fraud. Will voters reject that scenario? It remains to be seen. Ones that care about a free and fair voting system in the U.S. certainly should.

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