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Friday, November 27, 2009

Justice Department Says Acorn Can Be Paid for Pre-Ban Contracts

From the New York Times:

The Justice Department has concluded that the Obama administration can lawfully pay the community group Acorn for services provided under contracts signed before Congress banned the government from providing money to the group....The department’s conclusion, laid out in a recently disclosed five-page memorandum from David Barron, the acting assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel, adds a new wrinkle to a sharp political debate over the antipoverty group’s activities and recent efforts to distance the government from it....Since 1994, Acorn, which stands for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, has received about $53 million in federal aid, much of it grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development for providing various services related to affordable housing

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1 comment:

Media Mentions said...

It's interesting because this case makes me wonder how long has this been going on for? For instance, for what is described here (, I believe that there is more of a back story. Then again, that's maybe just me.