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ACORN Eligible for $8.5 Billion in Federal Funds

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Posted on May 7 2009 9:26 am
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The radicals at ACORN (best known for its massive campaigns of voter fraud) and other left-wing advocacy groups could have a shot at pocketing up to $8.5 billion in federal tax dollars this year.

As the Washington Examiner reported yesterday, the $800 billion-plus stimulus bill, which is now formally known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 or Public Law 111-5, originally set aside $5.2 billion that could flow directly or indirectly into the coffers of ACORN and its liberal friends. It appears the sum was chopped down to $3 billion in the version of the bill that President Obama signed into law on February 17. The $3 billion consists of $2 billion in funds set aside for the redevelopment of abandoned and foreclosed homes and $1 billion in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG).

CDBG is good old-fashioned graft. Local politicians of both parties love CDBG because it is flexible. The program gives them wide latitude when spending grant money and allows local leaders to use federal dollars on local projects that they wouldn’t dream of spending their own local tax dollars on. ACORN loves CDBG because it is adept at lobbying for CDBG funds.

In addition to the $3 billion available in the stimulus package, the proposed $47.5 billion Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) budget for the fiscal year that begins October 1 provides $1 billion for an affordable-housing trust fund and $4.5 billion in CDBG funds that could be funneled to ACORN indirectly.

Of course ACORN won’t get it all, and given its history of electoral fraud and racketeering, it shouldn’t get a penny of federal money.

According to the Washington Examiner article, ACORN has taken in $53.6 million in federal funding since 1994.

Amazingly, ACORN spokesman Scott Levenson told reporter Kevin Mooney that his group has “received no significant federal funding.”

In addition to federal money, ACORN is also funded heavily by such foundations as the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Minneapolis Foundation, the Open Society Institute, the Public Welfare Foundation, the Surdna Foundation, the Woods Fund of Chicago, the Scherman Foundation,and the Ben and Jerry’s Foundation.

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