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September 14, 2009

Johanns' Amendment Blocks Federal Funding Of ACORN

Washington, DC

Senator Mike Johanns today will offer an amendment to block the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) from receiving federal funds for housing programs

"ACORN has been in legal trouble in several states with raid after raid on their offices by officials looking into voter fraud. More than 30 ACORN officials have been convicted of fraud and new allegations of fraud are surfacing by the day," Johanns said. "It's wrong to give tax dollars to a group with multiple convictions of undermining our democratic process and our laws. So, I'm introducing measures to stop the federal funding of ACORN."

Senator Johanns' amendment will prohibit funds in the current transportation and housing appropriations bill to ACORN. It is eligible to receive millions more in taxpayer funds from several different accounts. It could receive money through mortgage counseling, Community Development Block Grants, and the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.


Fast Facts:
• ACORN is under investigation for voter registration fraud in several states.
• Philadelphia Democrat Deputy Election Commissioner Fred Vought told CNN in Oct. 2008: "This (fraud by ACORN) has been going on for a number of years."
• ACORN official told the Washington Times on March 20, 2009: "fewer than 36 ACORN officials have been convicted of fraud."
• House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform published an 88-page report outlining numerous criminal activities by ACORN entitled: "Is ACORN Intentionally Structured as a Criminal Enterprise?"

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