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RNC's Steele Backs Bachmann's Effort Against ACORN

Friday, 15 May 2009 04:47 PM

By Dan Weil

Republican National Chairman Michael Steele is spreading the word for Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and her effort to prevent Acorn from receiving federal aid.

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, a liberal activist group, has been investigated, indicted or fined in multiple states for voter registration fraud and financial corruption.

Last spring the IRS filed three tax liens - almost $1 million in total - against Acorn, because it didn’t pay enough employee withholding taxes, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Acorn is now eligible, like other activist groups, to apply for $2 billion in money from the stimulus package to renovate abandoned and foreclosed homes.

Bachmann introduced an amendment to prevent organizations indicted for vote fraud from obtaining taxpayer money. The House Financial Services Committee initially passed the bill unanimously.

“But now, Committee Chairman Barney Frank, far-left Democrat from Massachusetts, has decided he made a mistake by supporting the amendment and will now offer his own amendment to restore ACORN’s opportunity of receiving billions of taxpayer dollars,” Steele wrote in a fundraising letter.

“Since ACORN’s efforts are all about electing leftist Democrats like himself, why would Frank want them to go unrewarded?”

Even some of Acorn’s own members are upset with its conduct. "Acorn has been hijacked by a power-hungry clique that has its own political and personal agendas," former board member Marcel Reid told The Journal. "We are fighting to take back the group."

Last month, Steele accused the Obama administration of partnering with Acorn to rig the census. “President Obama's old friends from ACORN… have been chosen by the Administration as a ‘partner’ with the Census Bureau to determine population counts in cities around the country,” Steele wrote in another fundraising letter.

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