GOP Congressional Report Accuses ACORN of Political Corruption, Widespread Fraud
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.
The intention of the Congressional members involved is to have Congress, the Justice Department, and The Census Bureau investigate ACORN and act accordingly.
Obviously this is not only an uphill battle, they are trying to go up a mountain. The Obama administration and Democratic members of Congress will fight to the end to prevent this investigation from going forward.
So what happens now? It depends on the GOP.
I have said again and again that the GOP is it's own worst enemy. They can stand in the corner and piss their pants like they typically do when the mean old Dems won't do what they want or they can go out and fight.
They have a winning issue here. This is a story that not only would resonate with voters, it is very damaging to the Democratic party and especially Obama.
They need to get off of their asses, get out in the public, and push this story. One of two things will happen, the Dems will investigate and be embarrassed or they won't investigate and be embarrassed.