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Barney Frank Helping ACORN

By on 4.30.09 | 6:35PM

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota) blogs at Townhall.com that House Financial Services Committee chairman Barney Frank (D-Taxachusetts) is trying to use legislation to help his buddies at the radical community activist group ACORN:

Yesterday, the House Financial Services Committee passed my ACORN amendment that will prevent organizations, or employees of organizations, that have been indicted for voter fraud from being eligible for the housing counseling grants and legal assistance grants authorized under the Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act.

Chairman Barney Frank accepted the amendment right there in front of the whole committee -- I assumed because it was his very own language as passed under the Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA) of 2008 --  and the amendment was then passed by unanimous voice vote.

Later that day, Chairman Frank said he had reservations about my amendment and would discuss them with me.  His staff approached mine with specific changes he would like to make -- changes which eviscerate the meaning of the amendment and were clearly not acceptable. [...]

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