May 25, 2013
House GOP Budget Would Strip Nonexistent ACORN of Federal Funds Again
Posted on Mar 5, 2013
A bizarre provision of the House Republicans’ short-term budget bill would strip ACORN of all federal funds even though 1) the government already withdrew all federal money from the organization and 2) the group no longer exists.
The Alliance of Community Organizations for Reform Now, an anti-poverty organization that advocated for low-income families, lost all of its federal funding after a selectively edited video released by conservative gadfly James O’Keefe appeared to show workers advising a pimp and a prostitute how to avoid the IRS. After the controversy, and the federal defunding that resulted from it, the liberal organization was disbanded in March 2010.
Independent investigations in California, Massachusetts and Brooklyn, N.Y., later cleared ACORN of any wrongdoing.
House Appropriations Committee spokeswoman Jennifer Hing later “clarified” to The Huffington Post that the line about ACORN was “a typical provision that is included in most appropriations bills.”
But as Steve Benen wrote on MSNBC’s The Maddow Blog: “I can say with confidence that if it’s ‘typical’ for House Republicans to write up spending bills barring funds for non-existent entities, this isn’t a positive development. Has the House Appropriations Committee also included provisions to prevent funding of Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster? Because at this point, they’re about as real as ACORN.”
—Posted by Tracy Bloom.
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