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Will Congress Now Investigate ACORN?

That’s the question asked by the editorial in today’s Washington Examiner. The editorial begins:

“Dozens of states have charged ACORN employees with voter registration fraud, numerous corporations have paid exorbitant sums of hush money to get the group to call off its demonstrators crying racism, and media organizations have exposed serious questions about how the radical group has spent the hundreds of millions of federal tax dollars it has received over the years. Yet the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now continues uninterrupted with its corrupt voter registration campaigns and corporate shake-downs, while still collecting millions from the government for mortgage and foreclosure counseling, and other purposes. (emphasis added)

“But an unheralded young man and woman, acting as citizen-journalists, may have finally thrown open ACORN's doors wide enough to shine light on the ugliest of truths about the group. James O'Keefe, a filmmaker, and Hannah Giles, an aspiring investigative reporter with the National Journalism Center, posed as a pimp and prostitute while using a hidden camera to get the goods in ACORN's Washington, D.C., and Baltimore offices.”

Reuters reports the U.S. Senate voted today 83-7 to deny ACORN "access to federal housing funds.” Even Senate Majority Harry Reid (D-Nevada) voted for the amendment submitted by Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Nebraska). Both Virginia senators, Jim Webb (D) and Mark Warner (D), voted YEA. The seven senators who voted against were: Burris (D-IL); Casey (D-PA); Durbin (D-IL); Gillibrand (D-NY);Leahy (D-VT); Sanders (I-VT); and, Whitehouse (D-RI), according to Senate Roll Call vote 275.

Additional readings about ACORN include a column at American Spectator by Matthew Vadum, a senior editor at Capital Research Center, a Washington, D.C. think tank that studies the politics of philanthropy, plus an article at Capital Research Center and one at Andrew Breitbart's Big Government.

Call or write senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner to thank them for their support of Sen. Mike Johanns' amendment. Then call Rep. Jim Moran’s office and encourage him to support a similar amendment in the House. Tell them Congress needs to investigate ACORN, too.

  • Senator Mark Warner (D) -- write to him or call (202) 224-2023
  • Representative Jim Moran (D) -- write to him or call (202) 225-4376


UPDATE (9/15/09): American Thinker reports ACORN is seeking an additional $6 million in federal funds. Michelle Malkin reports that ABC anchor Charles Gibson confessed the reason he "hasn't covered the ACORN scandal is that he didn't know about it."


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