In an overwhelming bipartisan vote, the Senate passed 83-7 an amendment to the HUD appropriation bill proposed by Sen. Mike Johanns that strips ACORN of any federal housing funds. ACORN was caught red-handed in a series of undercover videos by James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles that catch ACORN tax specialists and employees doctoring loan applications and tax form to cover for prostitution and underage sex slavery operations (Just join up afterwards, of course). After the first video broke, it might have been tempting to say it’s just an isolated incident confined to Baltimore with just a few rogue employees. But it’s hard to make that claim when offices in Washington and New York City gave the same supportive “wink-wink” help to the pimp and his “exchange students” from El Salvador.
The bad news hasn’t stopped, though. The Kings County DA’s office says they’ll be looking into the group’s Brooklyn office and the group’s tax-exempt status may be investigated. In addition, the Census Bureau has cut ties with the group after planning to utilize them in the 2010 Census, and ACORN’s voting divisions remain under investigation in several states for voter fraud.
I have no tears for ACORN, who have only themselves to blame for this absolutely shocking debacle. Not one cent of taxpayer money should go towards any organization that seems so grossly incompetent and corrupt in so many areas. The investigative reporting by O’Keefe and Giles was invaluable in exposing the widespread nature of ACORN’s indifference to crime and grime, and the story has become too big to ignore. I wonder what else will crawl out from underneath the rock that ACORN lives under, but you can bet that this isn’t the last we’ll hear about them.