H.R.3571 - Defund ACORN Act

To prohibit the Federal Government from awarding contracts, grants, or other agreements to, providing any other Federal funds to, or engaging in activities that promote certain indicted organizations. view all titles (2)

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  • Short: Defund ACORN Act as introduced.
  • Official: To prohibit the Federal Government from awarding contracts, grants, or other agreements to, providing any other Federal funds to, or engaging in activities that promote certain indicted organizations. as introduced.

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mmmjv 11/28/2009 6:57am

That this is actually called the “defund ACORN” act by it’s supporters says a hell of ac lot. Christ, they’re not even pretending that this isn’t a law aimed at one organization

mmmjv 11/28/2009 6:47am
in reply to SteveS Sep 22, 2009 12:03pm

How long until these other groups to which the act applies are granted special exemptions?

bkrueg 11/20/2009 1:28pm

ACORN is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that advocates for a variety of social issues such as voter registration and affordable housing. As you may know, ACORN is facing allegations that its employees gave individuals advice on how to falsify tax forms. These are serious allegations and need to be investigated thoroughly.

You may be interested to know that the House of Representatives and the Senate have voted to prohibit federal funds from being distributed to ACORN. On September 14, 2009, I voted in favor of an amendment to the “Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act” (H.R. 3288) for fiscal year 2010, which would prohibit federal funding provided by the bill from being distributed to ACORN or its subsidiaries. This amendment was agreed to in the Senate by a vote of 83-7. On September 17, 2009, the Senate passed H.R. 3288 with the amendment by a vote of 73-25.
Sincerely yours,
Dianne Feinstein
United States Senator

bkrueg 11/20/2009 1:27pm

On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law, which includes $2 billion for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). Please be assured that this legislation contains no earmarks, and no funding is directed to ACORN. Funding will be allocated by HUD through a competitive grant program. All recipients must exhibit adequate need, have a demonstrable ability to apply the funds effectively and appropriately, and abide by HUD’s “Guide to NSP Eligible Uses”, which outlines requirements for how funding may be utilized.

Again, thank you for writing. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3841. Best regards.

Sincerely yours,
Dianne Feinstein
United States Senator

justamick 11/13/2009 2:20am
in reply to CDMSR Sep 25, 2009 5:43pm

Using MSNBC as a source is about as bad as using Fox News as a source. But using MSNBC does show that you have an extreme bias for the left rather than looking to down the center independent news sources. So why wouldnt you be in denial?

I suppose the news also got wrong the video of ACORN employees giving advice on how to conduct illegal activity and get MY tax dollars to do it?

tdougherty101 10/25/2009 10:58am

this is a witch hunt plain and simple. Put the same bill on the floor, but change Acorn to KBR, and see where it gets you

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bmwtriton 10/21/2009 10:46pm

This is not a bill of attainder, as no private entity is entitled to any taxpayer funds. All can be funded or defunded at will.

GunnyG 10/16/2009 5:52am

This bill probably upsets the CommunityOrganizer-in-Chief a lot.

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rrhoo 09/27/2009 10:05am
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in reply to CDMSR Sep 25, 2009 5:43pm

I could care less if they’re going to defund ACORN, we provide them pennies compared to the waste and abuse of defense contractors.

http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=t-VRn4ui8brMB_l5dzhtrnw&output=html

This is why this bill needs to be passed.

lplzydeco 09/26/2009 2:47pm
in reply to zgott Sep 23, 2009 2:10pm

You know… I think you just changed my mind. I was against this bill as a knee-jerk reaction & a right-wing attack. Now, if it IS based on those recipients actually charged & found guilty, then I may have to come out in favor of it. (sorry, I posted this to the wrong comment earlier)

lplzydeco 09/26/2009 2:45pm
in reply to CDMSR Sep 25, 2009 5:43pm

You know… I think you just changed my mind. I was against this bill as a knee-jerk reaction & a right-wing attack. Now, if it IS based on those recipients actually charged & found guilty, then I may have to come out in favor of it.

Cojomy 09/26/2009 7:25am

I do agree that dishonest organizations should be dealt with, but there are a few things that bother me, first it is illegal to target a single organization or group. Second other organizations are NOT being dealt with in the same way, and I think that they should. These groups are DynCorp,has recently had about 13 employees sent home for participation in a Bosnian sex slave ring involving minors; Blackwater,in just one contract they have paid fines to the tune of $55 million dollars, and 5 employees have been charged with murder; KBR who in under investigation for killing 16 troops and ArmorGroup, whose employees had recent photo shoots released of their partying capabilities which showed many lewd acts, are recently under scrutiny for possible prostitution charges. This is taxpayer money these companies are using, and should be defunded as well.

CDMSR 09/25/2009 6:22pm

I need to clarify a couple of things from my previous post: First, Prof. Dreier was a co-Author of the study with Christopher Martin, Prof. of Journalism at the University of Northern Iowa. Also, the link provided for the report is a link to the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College which contains a link to the page where the report can be downloaded as a PDF. I apologise for the confusion (mine).

CDMSR 09/25/2009 5:43pm
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The effort to ‘defund’ ACORN is a propagandistic waste of time and tax money. The long running smear job against ACORN goes back, at least,to Karl Rove and the firing of US attorneys for failing to pursue baseless voter fraud cases. Its ultimate goal is to stop them registering legitimate, low-income, mostly Democratic-leaning voters. Peter Dreier, Professor of Politics at Occidental College in Los Angeles, recently completed a study of news coverage about ACORN and has some interestin findings. He appeared on Rachel Maddow last night (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/#33013202). Here is the link to the report: (http://uepi.wordpress.com/2009/09/23/manipulating-the-public-agenda-why-acorn-was-in-the-news-and-what-the-news-got-wrong/)

If you rely on the media for information about ACORN, chances are, in the words of the Firesign Theater, Everything You Know Is Wrong.

mfrancis107 09/23/2009 4:44pm
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in reply to SteveS Sep 22, 2009 12:03pm

I agree with you. Targeting ACORN makes the bill unconstitutional. Also if my understanding is correct it stats that any organization that is indicted is applied. Indicted only means accused, it does not mean proven guilty.

zgott 09/23/2009 2:10pm

This is a great bill, which figures, because it was basically an accident. If this bill is actually enforced fully and completely, then it defunds all of the top 10 military contractors. Each one has been found guilty in a court of law of defrauding the Federal Government. ACORN may end up being found guilty, but so far hasn’t.

I fully support this bill.

SteveS 09/22/2009 12:03pm

I support this legislation so long as it is applied to all companies that meet the bill’s definition of “organization”. That list is significantly larger than just “Acorn”. If it is just applied to Acorn then its a bill of attainder.

LDishman 09/22/2009 9:40am

These groups should not have had money from the public purse in the first place.

FallenMorgan 09/20/2009 10:50am

It was introduced five days ago and it already has more than a hundred co-sponsors, all Republican. Our Congress has become pretty myopic. Only liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans, with a few unusual exceptions. Only a narrow range of the political spectrum is represented, these days.

bkrueg 09/17/2009 2:48pm
in reply to glr Sep 17, 2009 11:29am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Raising the stakes involved in the scandal surrounding the anti-poverty group ACORN, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is urging a “full investigation” by California Attorney General Jerry Brown into ACORN’s California activities.

bkrueg 09/17/2009 2:11pm

Acorn has broken more laws than Pelosi has face wrinkles hidden with Botox. Where is the investigation into where the money corruption and who is responsible. Can we get some of the money back? Are members of Congress and the President/administration part of the cover-up and obstruction of justice for this investigation of ACORN? Where are the watch dogs of freedom, CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN and other so called main stream news organizations? Why is it taking so long?

kfolsom 09/17/2009 11:45am

Thank you!! This is a corrupt organization that must earn the tax payer’s trust.

glr 09/17/2009 11:29am

Until they do a legitimate investigation of this “organization” I don’t want any of my tax dollars supporting this group!


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