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Rep. Steve King: Investigate ACORN

Thursday, 17 Sep 2009 02:08 PM

Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King tells Newsmax that "public revulsion" with ACORN has risen to the point that Congress has finally acted to deny funds to the organization.

The Senate voted Monday to block the Housing and Urban Development Department from giving grants to ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), and the Census Bureau last week severed its ties with the group for the 2010 national head count.

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ACORN has been accused of voter registration fraud and other misconduct committed by its workers. Congress turned up the heat on the group after the recent release of videotapes showing ACORN employees offering advice to people allegedly posing as a pimp and a prostitute on how to skirt the law.

Rep. King, who has been a vocal critic of ACORN, is among those calling for investigations of possible further wrongdoing by the organization.

Newsmax.TV's Kathleen Walter asked Rep. King — a member of the House Judiciary Committee — about the Senate's 83-7 vote cutting off federal grants to ACORN.

"You only had seven that voted no," King said.

"They were all Democrats — two from Illinois, President Obama's home state. That says to me that the public revulsion has risen to the level that a group of Democratic senators especially see themselves as vulnerable if they would step up and defend ACORN.

"Almost all of them are beneficiaries of ACORN's partisan political activity, so I think this sends a strong message that there's an appetite even among Democrats to perhaps take a look at ACORN and do Congressional investigations.

"We're going to have to push the Justice Department into these investigations too, get the FBI and the IRS involved in this. We've got to go through investigations of ACORN and all of its affiliates and bring that all together.

"It's going to have to be a massive, costly, timely examination if we're going to be able to chase down all the rabbit trails that ACORN has created over the last 39 years."

Now that the Census Bureau has severed ties with ACORN, is there a way to verify that the organization is not participating in the head count? Walter asked.

"I would say no, there isn't a way," King responded.

"We verified the documentations of their agreements, that ACORN was working with the Census Bureau. And yet the chief organizer nationally for Acorn said on national television [that they] don't have any relationship with the Census. Well, I had those documents as we had that exchange, produced them afterwards and released them to the press.

"The Census Bureau announced they were not working with ACORN. That was maybe two months ago. Well, they announced again that they had made up their mind a second time that they weren't going to work with ACORN. I don't believe them either time at this point."

Asked if King foresees potential problems in the next election, due to past allegations of voter fraud by ACORN, King declared: "Absolutely they're a potential problem. They've already laid the groundwork. Even if ACORN magically went away, we'd still have corrupt voter registrations by the hundreds of thousands. And that's by their admission.

"It corrupts our election process. I'm most concerned about that. In spite of all the other things that are going on, if our election process loses the confidence of the American people — and they've already corrupted enough so it's hard to have confidence in it — then our entire Constitution and our republic go down because they're based upon the integrity of the election process."

See Video: Rep. Steve King Says a Federal Investigation of ACORN Is Needed - Click Here Now

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