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Move to Cut ACORN Funding Ruled Unconstitutional

Friday, 11 Dec 2009 07:21 PM

A federal judge has ruled the U.S. government's move to cut off funding to ACORN is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Nina Gershon issued the preliminary injunction against the government Friday. She ruled that it is in the public's interest for the organization to continue receiving federal funding.

ACORN claimed in its lawsuit that Congress' decision to cut off its funding was unconstitutional because it punitively targeted an organization.

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A lawyer for ACORN says the decision sends a sharp message to Congress that it can't single out an individual or organization without due process.

ACORN portrays itself as an advocate for low-income and minority homebuyers and others. Critics say it has violated the tax-exempt status of some affiliates by engaging in partisan political activities.

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