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Posted on September 11 2009 4:23 pm
David Horowitz is the editor-in-chief of NewsReal Blog and FrontPage Magazine. He is the President and CEO of the David Horowitz Freedom Center. His most recent book is Reforming Our Universities

Census Bureau Cuts Ties with ACORN
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Census Bureau on Friday severed its ties with ACORN, a
community organization that has been hit with Republican accusations of
voter-registration fraud. [Nice touch here AP -- actually ACORN is under indictment
in 14 states -- not all of them Republican -- for voter fraud, and 30 ACORN operatives --
not any of them Republican -- have pled guilty.
]

“We do not come to this decision lightly,” Census director Robert Groves
wrote in a letter to ACORN, which was obtained by The Associated Press.

In splitting with ACORN, Groves sought to tamp down GOP concerns and
negative publicity that the partnership will taint the 2010 head count.

“It is clear that ACORN’s affiliation with the 2010 census promotion has
caused sufficient concern in the general public, has indeed become a
distraction from our mission, and may even become a discouragement to public
cooperation, negatively impacting 2010 census efforts,” Groves wrote.

Stephen Buckner, a census spokesman, confirmed the letter, but declined
additional comment.

ACORN spokesman Scott Levenson did not immediately return a request for
comment.

In recent months, Republicans have become increasingly critical of the
census’ ties with ACORN, which stands for the Association of Community
Organizations for Reform Now. The group, which advocates for poor people,
conducted a massive voter registration effort last year and became a target
of conservatives when some employees were accused of submitting false
registration forms with names such as “Mickey Mouse.”

ACORN has said only a handful of employees submitted false registration
forms and did so in a bid to boost their pay.

Partly citing ACORN’s role, Sens. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., and David Vitter,
R-La., earlier this year blocked a full confirmation vote of Groves for
several weeks. Rep. Michelle Bachman, R-Minn., also has been calling for a
census boycott because of her concerns about whether the group would tamper
with the high-stakes population count.

Up to now, the Census Bureau had defended ACORN’s involvement, explaining it
was one of 80,000 unpaid volunteer groups that the bureau hoped would be
able to raise local awareness. But in his letter, Groves said it no longer
had confidence that ACORN was effectively managing its partnership.

ACORN fired two employees who were seen on hidden-camera video giving tax
advice to a man posing as a pimp and a woman who pretended to be a
prostitute. Fox News Channel broadcast excerpts from the video on Thursday.
On the video, a man and woman visiting ACORN’s Baltimore office asked about
buying a house and how to account on tax forms for the woman’s income. An
ACORN employee advised the woman to list her occupation as “performance
artist.”

In a statement, ACORN Maryland board member Margaret Williams said the video
was an attempt to smear ACORN, and that undercover teams attempted similar
setups in at least three other ACORN offices. Williams said no tax returns
were filed and no assistance was provided.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may
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