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ACORN Got A $900K ‘Firefighter’ Grant

A press release from Louisiana’s Republican Senator David Vitter:

Vitter Urges Homeland Security to Rescind ACORN Firefighters Grant

September 22, 2009

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Sen. David Vitter today sent a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano urging that she rescind an Assistance to Firefighters Grant awarded to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.

“With fire departments all over Louisiana – and the rest of the country – struggling to make ends meet and get the equipment and training they need to protect their local communities, the idea of a million dollar grant going to ACORN is unsettling, to say the least,” said Vitter. “ACORN’s continued contempt for state and federal laws has placed their entire organization under a cloud of serious scrutiny, and this grant should be rescinded and awarded to a more deserving group of first responders.”

A grant in the amount of $997,402 was awarded to ACORN under the FY 2008 Fire Prevention and Safety Program. In his letter, Vitter questions the logic behind awarding such a large sum to an organization with no clear expertise in fire safety and prevention.

“I’ve had grave reservations about ACORN for some time, and over the past year, we’ve seen numerous examples of serious allegations of wrongdoing on the part of this organization and its employees across the country,” Vitter said. “I simply can’t see the logic behind diverting much needed funding from worthy fire departments to this organization.”

Text of the letter:

September 22, 2009

The Honorable Janet Napolitano
U. S. Department of Homeland Security
Washington, DC 20528-0001

Dear Secretary Napolitano,

I was deeply disturbed to discover a recent grant notification from the U. S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, awarding $997,402 of taxpayer dollars to The ACORN Institute through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) for the FY 2008 Fire Prevention and Safety Program. I have had grave reservations about ACORN for some time, and these concerns have recently been heightened by the serious allegations of wrongdoing on the part of ACORN. I request that you rescind this grant based on a history of abuse of federal dollars by ACORN and their clear lack of expertise in this area.

Several Louisiana fire departments have voiced their serious concerns to me over the award of these funds to ACORN. We can all understand that there are never enough funds to allocate for all the deserving requests of fire departments, and each year there are many more requests than funds available. But when so many fire departments throughout the nation are struggling for funding for important and lifesaving projects, how is it that a non-fire department with no clear expertise in fire safety and prevention is given such a large award for fire safety?

I am familiar with many fire departments in Louisiana that are in dire need of funds for many worthwhile programs, and I’m sure that is the case throughout the country. These firefighters that put their lives on the line for the safety of their communities deserve a full explanation of this award.

Again, I request that you immediately rescind this funding to a group that has a long and clear history of abusing federal dollars and reward these monies to a more deserving group of first responders. Thank you for your time and attention.


David Vitter
United States Senate

Look at how thoroughly the ACORN worm has bored into every aspect of our society.

Why on earth should they be getting money that should be going to firefighters?

Just imagine the countless number of similar grants they are getting, and have been getting for years.

(Thanks to CGardner for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “ACORN Got A $900K ‘Firefighter’ Grant”

  1. proreason says:

    ACORN wastes taxpayer money slated for Firefighters.

    Obamy wastes taxpayer money on Statue of Liberty Flyovers, an army of Czars, weekly parties for his aparatchiks, $5000 tote bags,….well, you get the picture..

    How are the two things any different?

    • BannedbytheTaliban says:

      I don’t see any difference. But our judgement is clouded because were are racists.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      People of the ACORN mentality don’t fight fires, they start them all over the place!

      Does ACORN run a scrool for Firefighters with a Arsonists’ passion?

  2. Right of the People says:

    That also begs the question: “What the frig does DHS have to do with fighting fires?”

    The not so honorable Secretary Napolitano won’t let us do our job and arrest illegals but she has time to give money to ACORN? I guess she’s just another portal for funneling slush money to the enemies of the United States.

    I need a drink.

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