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AP Blasts GOP Showboating On ACORN

From an outraged (at those grandstanding Republicans) Associated Press:

[Accompanying AP photo and caption:] In this May 7, 2009 photo, Tosha Alberty, second from left, pray with members of ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, in front of her foreclosed home in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 7, 2009 during a rally to help stop authorities from foreclosing on her home. Members of Congress weren’t the only ones scrambling to distance themselves from ACORN after a hidden-camera video emerged to disgrace the organization. Some state officials, including a pair of Republican governors with presidential aspirations, moved swiftly to cut off funding for the activist group only to learn later that the funding was negligible or nonexistent.

States aim at ACORN, but little money at stake

By Martiga Lohn, Associated Press Writer

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As support for the community activist group ACORN withered in Congress in the wake of a hidden-camera scandal, Republican governors and other state officials moved swiftly to sever ties. It turns out the group often commanded little — if any — state business.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, seen as a possible 2012 GOP presidential candidate, directed his budget commissioner to stop all state funding to ACORN except where "the state is legally obligated to provide such funding." None of Minnesota’s money was going to the group, and hadn’t for more than a year.

An order from Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, also seen as a possible 2012 contender, resulted in blocking two possible ACORN social services contracts worth a combined $13,750.

ACORN’s loss of federal contracts will cost it millions, but an Associated Press survey found 37 states with no known active ties to the group and just one current contract: $365,000 for foreclosure counseling in New York, now on hold pending a 30-day review ordered by Democratic Gov. David Paterson. Officials in five other states still were checking their databases.

Other Republican governors taking aim at ACORN included Rhode Island’s Don Carcieri and Mississippi’s Haley Barbour. Rhode Island hasn’t identified any current contracts with the group; Mississippi officials were reviewing their records.

Analysts said conservative politicians have nothing to lose by going after ACORN, short for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, after employees were caught on video telling a couple posing as a prostitute and pimp how to lie to get government help. Republicans criticized the group to connect with their conservative base long before the U.S. House and Senate voted last week to sever ACORN’s federal funding.

"You know it’s an applause line," said Kathleen Hall Jamieson, an expert on political communication at the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. "You know the audience is ready to grant your premise. And those who are positioning for 2012 need to win primaries and the way you win primaries is to play to the base."

ACORN also has been accused of voter registration fraud and lost $1 million to embezzlement by the founder’s brother.

Republicans are strategically piling on, said Sam Hoff, a Delaware State University political science professor.

"The folks see blood in the water and they believe that an ideologically opposite organization is on the ropes," Hoff said

Republican governors aren’t the only state officials going after ACORN.

Two Wisconsin GOP state lawmakers pressed this week for an audit of the group’s state ties, prompting two agencies to report that no state money goes to ACORN.

And a Pennsylvania Republican lawmaker’s attempt to bar politically active groups from receiving state money failed last week on a procedural vote in the Democratic-controlled state House. ACORN has been barred from legally soliciting contributions in Pennsylvania until it registers as a charitable organization or provides evidence that it is exempt from the registration law.

Notice how the real point of this article is to make it seem that Republicans, especially those interested in running for the Presidency, are only going after ACORN for show.

Because, as the Associated Press assures us, the states really don’t get much money from the states. But how would the AP know?

As we noted just two days ago, the Associated Press claimed there were only two schools in NYC associated with ACORN, when a few mouse clicks revealed that there are at least three.

If the AP can get something so basic wrong, how can they be trusted to make such broad declarations?

[A]n Associated Press survey found 37 states with no known active ties to the group and just one current contract: $365,000 for foreclosure counseling in New York, now on hold pending a 30-day review ordered by Democratic Gov. David Paterson. Officials in five other states still were checking their databases.

Exactly what databases keep track of ACORN? (And notice that the five other states have not even gotten back to the AP.)

Can the Associated Press or these state officials even name ACORN’s 361 front groups, let alone assure us which of them is getting money from any state?

Of course they can’t.

But the AP won’t let such piddling details get in the way of their attempts to make the Republicans looks like they are showboating for political advantage by beating up on poor little ACORN.

When all ACORN does is pray with people to be able to keep their houses.

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

7 Responses to “AP Blasts GOP Showboating On ACORN”

  1. proreason says:

    This one is really going to bring out the Koz Kids.

    The post about Jindal yesterday had 4 or 5 of them piling on withing minutes.

    This one will have them throwing open the shutters to their basement apartments (if Mom allows that).

  2. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    I find it telling that the most prominent person they could get to attack the resistance to funding ACORN is from Delaware State University.

    Also, the problem with ACORN is that they aren’t stupid. Why would they go after a few million state dollars when they can get billions from the federal government?

  3. Laree says:

    Glenn Beck, Imus’s guest this morning on Imus in the Morning

    Imus and Glenn Beck connect the dots.


  4. Right of the People says:


    Why let the facts get in the way of a “great” literary masterpiece? (sarc)

    ACORN, better batten down the hatches, a sh**storm is acomin’.

  5. pdsand says:

    You’re right, I was thinking the whole time, maybe a group that’s receiving funds from the states isn’t called “ACORN”, but acorn has dozens if not hundreds of other groups that it administers as what a business would call “wholly owned subsidiaries”, or are a partnership with one of dozens if not hundreds of other radical organizations. It’s just like when Obama was able to say he never worked for ACORN, but he worked for Project Vote, which was a “project” of ACORN. How many of these state officials are searching their records for any of the other myriad ACORN organizations and tie-ins?

  6. canary says:

    It almost makes ya think ACORN pays the main-stream media. I wonder how many reporters work for the 361 spin-off org’s.

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