Another Bogus ACORN Lawsuit
ACORN is doing what it does best:
playing the victim, blaming everyone else for its
self-inflicted wounds, perpetuating false narratives and
defending the entitlement industry to the death.
The group and its web of nonprofit,
tax-exempt affiliates have collected an estimated $53
million in government funds since 1994. This pipeline is
apparently a constitutionally protected right. According
to ACORN`s lawyers at the far-left
Center for Constitutional Rights [email them],
the congressional funding ban constitutes a
"bill of attainder"—an act of the
legislature declaring a person(s) guilty of a crime
Now cue the world`s smallest violin
and pass the Kleenex: ACORN`s lawyers say the group has
suffered cutbacks and layoffs as a result of the
punitive funding ban. The congressional persecution
means ACORN can no longer teach
and—gasp—the loss of an $800,000 contract to conduct "outreach" on
Message: The demons in the House who
defunded ACORN (345 of them, including 172 Democrats)
are cutting off oxygen to poor people!
"Congress bowed to FOX News and joined in the
scapegoating of an organization that helps average
Americans going through hard times to get homes, pay
their taxes and vote. Shame on them," ACORN head Bertha
Lewis piled on in an
lamenting the loss of state, local and private
foundation grants, which she blamed on the resolution.
It "gave the
green light for others to terminate our funds, as well."
What ACORN`s sob-story tellers leave
out is the inconvenient fact that nonprofits were
bailing on ACORN long before undercover journalists
and James O`Keefe and
publisher Andrew Breitbart entered the scene. Internal
ACORN records from a Washington, D.C., meeting held last
August noted that more than $2 million in foundation
money was being withheld as a result of the
group`s embezzlement scandal involving founder Wade Rathke`s
brother, Dale—reportedly involving upward of $5 million.
Rathke admitted he suppressed
disclosure of his brother`s massive theft—first
discovered in 2000—because
"word of the
embezzlement would have put a `weapon` into the hands of
enemies of ACORN."
In other words: The protection of ACORN`s political
viability came before the protection of members` dues
(and taxpayers` funds).
A small group of ACORN executives
helped cover up Dale Rathke`s crime by carrying the
amount he embezzled as a
"loan" on the books of Citizens Consulting Inc. CCI, the accounting
and financial management arm of ACORN and its
affiliates, is housed in the same building as the
national ACORN headquarters in New Orleans. It`s also
home to ACORN International, now operating under a
different name, which Wade Rathke continues to head.
ACORN brass cooked up a
"restitution" plan to allow the Rathkes to pay back a measly $30,000
a year in exchange for secrecy about the deal. ACORN`s
lawyers issued a decree to its employees to keep their
"yaps" shut. Dale Rathke kept his job and his $38,000 annual salary
until the story leaked to donors and board members
outside the Rathke circle.
In June 2008, the left-wing Catholic
Campaign for Human Development cut off grant money to
questions that arose about financial management, fiscal
transparency and organizational accountability of the
national ACORN structures."
In November 2008—ahem, more than a year before the
congressional ACORN funding ban was passed—CCHD voted
unanimously to extend and make permanent its ban on
funding of ACORN organizations.
was made because of serious concerns regarding ACORN`s
lack of financial transparency, organizational
performance and questions surrounding political
to Bishop Roger Morin.
Did ACORN`s lawyers call that
withdrawal of funding
The lawsuit over the congressional
funding ban is just the latest desperate legal measure
to distract from ACORN`s long-festering ethics and
financial scandals. ACORN`s attorneys have sued Giles,
O`Keefe, Breitbart and former ACORN/Project Vote
whistleblower Anita MonCrief. And they`ll sue anyone
else who gets in the way of rehabilitating the
scandal-plagued enterprise`s image.
It took decades to build up its
massive coffers and intricate web of affiliates across
the country. It will take months and years to untangle
the entire operation. And it will take time, money and
relentless sunshine to dismantle the
government-subsidized partisan racket.
ACORN can never be
It is constitutionally corrupt.
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