ACORN Political Money Laundering in Texas

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TOP and the TOP Education Fund are two ACORN successor groups that were created in anticipation of the November 2010 bankruptcy filing of ACORN Inc. (the lead corporate entity that controlled the ACORN activist network). The two Texas nonprofits are part of a new network created to carry on ACORN’s work under other names. That new network consists of at least 25 new groups. Many of ACORN’s state-level chapters that incorporated as new nonprofit corporations are controlled by ACORN personnel. In some cases they operate out of the same office space that ACORN occupied.

TOP and the TOP Education Fund have extensive ties to the old ACORN network.

TOP is run by Ginny Goldman, who headed Texas ACORN. Former ACORN employee Allison Brim is an organizing director at TOP.

TOP’s president is Charlie (Carlos) Rodriguez, a veteran ACORN activist in El Paso who was previously a chief shop steward in a local of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). TOP’s treasurer is Steve Halvorson, an ACORN activist from Pasadena. Former ACORN member Melba Williams of Dallas is a member of TOP’s board of directors.

The TOP Education Fund’s deputy director is Michelle McClelen, who was head organizer for Texas ACORN and that group’s legislative director.

The Fund’s three most generous institutional donors in 2010 also underwrote the old ACORN network. Those philanthropies are George Soros’s Open Society Institute ($150,000), Marguerite Casey Foundation ($100,000), and the extremist Tides Foundation ($20,000).

Texas Organizing Project officials are practically salivating at the prospect of getting their hands on federal relief funds related to damage caused in 2008 by Hurricane Ike.

In May of this year Houston Mayor Annise Parker, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Texas Organizing Project jointly announced that the city of Houston was expected to receive $151 million in “Hurricane Ike Disaster Recovery Round 2” funds held by the state’s General Land Office.

TOP helped to select which neighborhoods in Houston would receive the money. HUD Assistant Secretary Mercedes Marquez even commended Mayor Parker “for working together with TOP and other housing stake-holders and advocates to advance an initiative reflecting the community’s desire for comprehensive, targeted community development.”

Last year TOP’s Ginny Goldman returned the compliment, calling HUD’s Marquez a “true believer” in taxpayer-funded neighborhood revitalization schemes.

“We’re very confident that with HUD’s commitment and investment that we’re going to start to see things turn around not just with the hurricane recovery money, but with future federal housing dollars that come into this city,” Goldman said at the time.

Of course HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan is a longtime ACORN ally. Under his leadership HUD continued to shovel taxpayer money at ACORN even after Congress banned the practice.

No one should be surprised when the new Texas ACORN spinoff groups chow down on still more taxpayer dollars.

After all, that’s what these parasitic left-wing groups were organized to do.

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  • Schlomotion

    Gee whiz! ACORN and the Democrats are as corrupt as say, Sheldon Adelson and the Republicans.
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/criminal-

    • poppakap

      Slomo's trolling again and his sickle is as dull as his writing.

  • EthanP

    I'ld say a leopard never changes its spots. But that would be an insult to leopards.

  • cynthia curran

    Nothing new what we can learn is the left is up to its old tricks, and it doesn't matter if its in states like Texas since Texas has a lot of minorities that can be exploited by the left just like Anaheim Ca where the Left from La and Occupy OC started a riot with illegal immirgants that were involved with gangs.

  • http://frontpagemag.com Dan Fagan

    Bet you a dime to a doughnut that no mater how outrageous the crimes committed by ACORN or any left wing group will not be investigated or prosecuted by Eric Holder's department of injustice. Acorn screwed up trying this stuff in Texas,. Chicago, New Orleans or St. Louis may put up with this kind of political play, we do not. Fraud is punished hard, especially when it is from a non-profit which is suppose to be doing some sort of good work. I would like to know how SEIU keeps from being indited, their pension fund is completely insolvent. Looks like fraud and embellishment to me, but what would I know.?

  • cynthia curran

    Well, i would not put it passed the left wing groups in Texas, if they can do vandalism in Anaheim and Anaheim is to the right of Dallas and Houston since the Whites in the hills still control it then they can use Hispanics and Blacks in Texas. The Problem with most Republicans this state is blue and that state is red but let's say in California which is a blue state Orange County and San Diego are to the right of Dallas, Houston and Austin.

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    Are some people just that desperate for political power? Whatever happened to simply fighting fair?