Obama Sneaks Funding to ACORN Offshoot in Direct Violation of Federal Law

Via Judicial Watch.

Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that the Obama Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has issued a $79,819 grant to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN)-offshoot Affordable Housing Centers of America (AHCOA) in apparent violation of an ACORN funding ban passed by Congress and signed into law by …Obama in 2009. Moreover, this grant was provided to the organization less than a year after ACORN/ACHOA was criticized by HUD’s inspector general in two separate investigations for misappropriating funds from federal grants.

On October 1, 2009, …Obama signed into law legislation known as the Defund ACORN Act that effectively prohibited the federal government from funding “ACORN and any ACORN-related affiliate.” Following a lawsuit filed by ACORN challenging the law, which passed both branches of Congress by wide margins, the federal courts in New York upheld the constitutionality of the funding ban on August 13, 2010. The Supreme Court last month refused to hear ACORN’s appeal of this funding ban.

But a Judicial Watch investigation revealed that, on March 1, 2011, HUD announced a $79,819 federal grant to ACHOA to “educate the public and housing providers about their rights and obligations under federal, state, and local fair housing laws.”

Although the Government Accountability Office issued a controversial advisory opinion in September 2010 stating that ACHOA is a separate entity from ACORN and is therefore not subject to the funding ban, the government’s website listing federal expenditures identifies the organization receiving the $79,819 grant as “ACORN Housing Corporation Inc,” and lists ACORN’s New Orleans, Louisiana, address. Moreover ACHOA maintains the same board of directors, executive director and offices as its predecessor, ACORN Housing Corporation, Inc.

Federal investigators have documented fraudulent activity on the part of ACORN Housing/ACHOA. For example, according to a September 21, 2010, HUD inspector general report, which notes that ACORN Housing is “now operating as Affordable Housing Centers of America,” the organization misappropriated funds from a $3,252,399 federal grant. The inspector general concluded that ACORN Housing/ACHOA had charged salary expenses to the HUD grant that “were not fully supported.” The organization also continued to pay its counselors even after they were terminated, did not meet federal procurement standards and allegedly destroyed documents to conceal the fraudulent activity.

The “Affordable Housing Centers of America” is part of the “revamping” of ACORN, which was supposed to be defunded entirely.
In March of 2010, Obama quietly ordered the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) director Peter Orszag, to resume funding the group whose employees were caught on hidden camera videos condoning a variety of crimes including child prostitution and tax evasion.

ACORN has committed numerous felonies including embezzlement, bribery, falsifying voter registration documents, and obstruction of justice by destroying incriminating documents, but they continue to get taxpayer funds in direct violation of Federal law, because their campaign beneficiary occupies the White House.  

Another impeachable offense.

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