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Monday, November 30, 2009

Keeping the heat on ACORN

From the Boston Globe:

The world's attention on Tuesday will be on President Obama's speech on Afghanistan. ...But in a corner of Capitol Hill, Republicans will be doing their best to keep alive the controversy over ACORN, the community advocacy group.....Republicans on the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees announced today they will host a forum at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday "examining new details that have come to light regarding the inner workings of ACORN."...Prompted mostly by Republican outrage over videos showing ACORN staffers advising how to skirt the law, Congress believed it had cut off federal funding to ACORN. But President Obama's Justice Department ruled last week that because of technicalities with the wording of the bill, ACORN would continue to be paid from existing government contracts, mostly helping low-income people find affordable housing. ...Republicans have railed against allegations of voter registration fraud by ACORN organizers during the 2008 presidential campaign. ....Now, Representative Darrell Issa, a California Republican who is the ranking Republican on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is pointing to an internal ACORN memo obtained by Politico in which officials with the group's California affiliate discuss changing their name to get past the controversy.

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