Is ACORN squelching critical voices — even that of House Judiciary chairman John Conyers?
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ACORN and its taxpayer-supported labyrinth of affiliates owe millions of dollars in back taxes, helped cause the subprime mortgage mess, and may be using taxpayer money even now on partisan political activities.
There is the group’s eight-year-long coverup of Dale Rathke’s embezzlement of close to $1 million from the group. Dale is the brother of ACORN founder Wade Rathke. The group’s national board threw the founder out last summer. When ACORN board members Marcel Reid and Karen Inman, who were appointed specifically to investigate the embezzlement, asked for the relevant financial documents last year, they too were shown the door. Soon after, Reid and Inman created “ACORN 8,” a group that is trying to reform ACORN.
When Congress last investigated ACORN a decade ago it struck gold.
A congressional report noted that there was “apparent cross-over funding between ACORN, a political advocacy group and ACORN Housing Corp. (AHC), a non profit, AmeriCorp [sic] grantee” that is a major affiliate of ACORN. The government-funded AmeriCorps, which promotes public service, suspended AHC’s funding “after it was learned that AHC and ACORN shared office space and equipment and failed to assure that activities and funds were wholly separate.”
The report noted that, “AmeriCorps members of AHC raised funds for ACORN, performed voter registration activities, and gave partisan speeches. In one instance, an AmeriCorps member was directed by ACORN staff to assist the [Clinton] White House in preparing a press conference in support of legislation.” (“Report on the Activities of the Committee on Economic and Educational Opportunities During the 104th Congress,” Report 104-875, January 2, 1997.)
Who knows what Congress might find nowadays.
Meanwhile, a crackdown on ACORN critics with ties to the organization is underway.
It’s possible ACORN’s tough-guy approach has something to do with the closed-press meeting May 27 at the headquarters of John Podesta’s left-wing Center for American Progress Action Fund. The meeting of liberal and radical groups was called to discuss how to use misdirection to take the focus off ACORN’s increasingly well-publicized corruption. One of the groups, Alliance for Justice, used its website to advertise the crisis management meeting called “Reframing the Attack on Voter Registration.”
ACORN is threatening the ACORN 8 because it’s afraid of them and wants to shut them up. The group argues the ACORN 8 is violating ACORN’s intellectual property by using the word “ACORN” in its name. ACORN lawyer and longtime left-wing activist Arthur Z. Schwartz of the New York City law firm of Schwartz, Lichten & Bright PC recently sent the ACORN 8 a “cease and desist” letter giving the group’s members until June 30 (today) to close shop.
Reid says that won’t happen.
ACORN is also suing whistleblower MonCrief to shut her up. ACORN finds MonCrief irritating because she has revealed much about the group’s internal operations to the media.
Did ACORN also put the squeeze on Chairman Conyers?
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