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ACORN On “Life Support”; Shouldn’t It Be Dead Already?

Posted By Matthew Vadum On April 21, 2010 @ 8:30 am In NewsReal Blog | No Comments

Didn’t ACORN just say a few weeks ago it was going belly up?

It even picked April 1 –April Fool’s Day– as a shutdown date, and yet it’s still alive.

Just yesterday ACORN thug-in-chief Bertha Lewis told a reporter that the radical advocacy group is “on life support.”

Is this criminal monstrosity ever going to die?

Not if Lewis has her way. She’s busy trying to bring in fresh donations by posing as a victim and pretending that ACORN has fallen victim to a vast right-wing conspiracy.

Writes Lewis in a new fundraising email:

ACORN is not dead!

ACORN is alive because you are alive and still fighting for justice. Over the past 40 years, ACORN members have been through a lot in the fight to empower working families and families of color — and it has been the commitment of people like you, regular folks doing extraordinary things, that has made it possible.

In the email the perennially truth-averse Lewis, whose lies throughout the undercover video saga are well documented, continues to play the victim card arguing that ACORN, dozens of whose employees have been convicted of election-related crimes, was set up by shadowy corporate forces.

Nathan Henderson-James, director of ACORN’s online campaigns, already admitted ACORN isn’t really going away.

ACORN will probably run out of money and fold by year’s end but a dozen ACORN state chapters reincorporated to seem like new, independent organizations will spring up to carry on ACORN’s business, his leaked email suggested. At least a dozen of the group’s state chapters have already broken away under new names.

Meanwhile, the Obama Department of Justice finally got around to asking a federal appeals court in New York to stay a judge’s ruling that prevents the federal government from de-funding ACORN. Renegade federal judge Nina Gershon of the Eastern District of New York ruled it was an unconstitutional bill of attainder (punishment without trial) for Congress to cut off funding for ACORN.

The DOJ action came despite the fact that the Obama administration has already restored full funding to ACORN, which used to employ President Obama.

In a March 16 memo Office of Management and Budget (OMB) director Peter Orszag quietly ordered federal agencies to resume funding the group whose employees were caught on hidden camera videos last year condoning a variety of crimes including child prostitution and tax evasion.

Confused about the federal government’s position on ACORN? You’re not the only one.


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