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FOX: Why Won't Conyers Probe ACORN?

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Posted on July 20 2009 8:22 am

Glenn Beck wondered aloud on his TV program Friday why House Judiciary Committee chairman John Conyers (D-Michigan) still isn’t investigating the radical activist group ACORN.

On the “Glenn Beck Program,” the host recounted the sordid saga that has unfolded in the Judiciary Committee over the last few months.

On March 19, after a Judiciary subcommittee received testimony that ACORN had violated a host of tax, voter registration, campaign finance, and other laws, Conyers said the allegations were “a pretty serious matter.” After being urged to take action by Conyers, civil rights subcommittee chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-New York) said he would consider holding a hearing on ACORN if he heard credible evidence about wrongdoings.

On May 4 Conyers abruptly changed course and said he didn’t believe a hearing about ACORN was justified. In a case of bad timing, the same day ACORN and two former senior executives in Nevada had been charged with felony voter-registration fraud.

Beck said Nadler, who was endorsed by the ACORN-affiliated Working Families Party (whose goal is to help push the Democratic Party ever-further toward the political left), may have pressured Conyers to back off ACORN.

A month ago Conyers told a reporter that he wasn’t proceeding with an investigation of ACORN because “the powers that be decided against it.” It should be noted that Conyers is a longtime ally of ACORN.

The congressman refused to explain who “the powers” might be, but his spokesman claimed, implausibly, that Conyers was referring to himself as “the powers that be.”

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