White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel told The New York Times Brother O intends to use his news conference as a “six-month report card,” to talk about how the BCA “rescued the economy from the worst recession.” Yet …
- The US lost over 3 million jobs in the first six months of this year under Brother O’s Bread and Circuses Administration.
- The US unemployment rate rose from 7.6% to 9.7% under Obama… the highest rate in 26 years.
- Brother O’s Bread and Circuses Administration will quadruple the US budget deficit his first year in office and spend $23.7 trillion to “fix” the economy by next year.
- Government Motors sales drop 22%.
Now that we’re saved and can breathe a collective sigh of relief, I wonder where we’re bound and how much more rescuing we can take.
Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere
House Republicans say it’s now up to Rep. Edolphus Towns, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, to hold hearings on ACORN and up to the Justice Department to pursue a criminal investigation.
For a quick preview of what the future holds for the Republicans, set the WABAC Machine for June 26 and May 29 of this year to see what the House Judiciary Committee Chairman and the Justice Department were up to then.
Get it? Good. It’s time to move along now … nothing more to see here … everything’s under control.
Pick up your money
And pack up your tent
You ain’t goin’ nowhere
July 22, 2009
House Republicans issuing a report Thursday accusing ACORN of fraudulent activities and widespread corruption, concluding a criminal investigation into the advocacy group is needed. A new report from Republicans on a House oversight committee accuses ACORN of fraudulent activities and widespread corruption and calls for a criminal investigation into the advocacy group.
ACORN, or the Association of Community Organizations for Reform, has been under constant fire from conservatives since last year for its support of Barack Obama’s presidential candidacy and its planned participation in next year’s 2010 census.
But the report — to be released Thursday by Rep. Darrell Issa, the top Republican on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and Issa’s GOP colleagues — offers the first detailed account of the allegations that have dogged the organization in recent months.
The executive summary of the report says ACORN provided contributions of financial and personnel resources to indicted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown and candidate Obama, among others, in what the report calls a scheme to use taxpayer money to support a partisan political agenda, which would be a clear violation of numerous tax and election laws.
“Both structurally and operationally, ACORN hides behind a paper wall of nonprofit corporate protections to conceal a criminal conspiracy on the part of its directors, to launder federal money in order to pursue a partisan agenda and to manipulate the American electorate,” an executive summary of the report reads.
ACORN, which was sent a copy of the executive summary by FOXNews.com, dismissed the report as a “partisan attack job.”
“We are busy fighting to stop the foreclosure crisis, to win quality affordable health care for all Americans and to build a stronger economy for working families, so we haven’t had the opportunity to read Rep. Issa’s screed at length,” Bertha Lewis, CEO of ACORN, said in a written statement to FOXNews.com.
“But an initial review indicates that the document is a recycled and repackaged partisan attack job on ACORN’s good work,” she added.
The report accuses ACORN, after receiving more than $53 million in federal funds since 1994, of blurring the legal distinctions among 361 tax-exempt and non-exempt entities to divert that money into partisan political activities.
Evidence found in the report relies in part on documents provided by former ACORN employees.
“Operationally, ACORN is a shell game played in 120 cities, 43 states and the District of Columbia through a complex structure designed to conceal illegal activities, to use taxpayer and tax-exempt dollars for partisan political purposes, and to distract investigators,” the report read.
“Structurally, ACORN is a chess game in which senior management is shielded from accountability by multiple layers of volunteers and compensated employees who serve as pawns to take the fall for every bad act.”
Kurt Bardella, a spokesman for Issa, said ACORN’s response suggests the report “hit a nerve.”
We stand by the findings of the report,” he told FOXNews.com. “There are a lot of legitimate questions raised about the political activities and organizational structure of ACORN. We’d certainly like to have a venue and platform for ACORN to respond to our report.”
Bardella added that the report is not about partisan politics.
“It’s about getting to the truth,” he said. “And when there are significant accusations and questions about millions of taxpayer dollars, those questions should be answered and any significant doubts should be addressed and the truth should be brought to light.”
It would be up to the chairman of the oversight panel to hold hearings on the ACORN report and up to the Justice Department to pursue a criminal investigation. Likewise, the census director will determine whether ACORN remains a partner with the U.S. Census Bureau to assist with the recruitment of the 1.4 million temporary workers needed to go door-to-door to count every person in the United States.
A spokeswoman for Rep. Edolphus Towns, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, did not respond to an e-mail seeking comment.