Obama Continues to Shovel Our Money at ACORN
The Senator From ACORN is now the President From ACORN. Revelations that the outfit is so odious as to support child sex slavery led to a congressional ban on funding, but so long as the Moonbat Messiah is in office, the flow of our money will not be impeded:
A Judicial Watch investigation has found that the Obama Administration recently violated the ban on federal funding for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) by giving the famously corrupt group tens of thousands of dollars in grants to “combat housing and lending discrimination.”
How do you spend fortunes in taxpayer money combating imaginary “housing and lending discrimination”? Probably by hiring left-wing lawyers like Barack Hussein Obama to coerce banks into making bad loans to members of favored racial groups with the deranged Community Reinvestment Act. This was a factor in creating the housing crisis that brought down the economy.
It seems fellow product of the notoriously corrupt Illinois political system Dick Durbin isn’t the only one in Washington to hold the law in open contempt:
Congress passed a law (Defund ACORN Act) in 2009 to stop the huge flow of taxpayer money that annually went to ACORN after a series of exposés about the leftwing group’s illegal activities.
To keep the money flowing, ACORN has been playing games with its name.
This week a JW probe uncovered that Obama’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently awarded a $79,819 grant to an ACORN reincarnation called Affordable Housing Centers of America (AHCOA). Incredibly, the government’s federal expenditure website openly describes the recipient as ACORN Housing Corporation Inc. and lists the group’s New Orleans address at 1024 Elysian Fields.
HUD’s press release announcing the award is more discreet, however. It lists the recipient of the $79,819 grant as Florida-based Affordable Housing Centers of America, even though it’s the same ACORN offshoot.
Even as the country lurches toward insolvency, the Obamunist looting spree continues:
In all, HUD awarded 108 “fair housing organizations” more than $40 million to educate the public and combat discrimination. The allocation represents a $13.2 million increase over last year’s allotment to end housing discrimination against minorities.
In addition to disregarding the ACORN funding ban, the grant is astounding because federal investigators have previously exposed fraud by the same ACORN/AHCOA affiliate. Last fall an audit by HUD’s inspector general found that it “inappropriately” spent more than $3.2 million in grants that were supposed to be used to eliminate lead poisoning in its housing program.
A separate investigation, also conducted by HUD’s IG, determined that ACORN embezzled millions of dollars for “housing counseling” and destroyed documents to hide the fraud. In that report, the IG reveals that the scope of ACORN’s money laundering is impossible to fully track, though it determined with certainty that HUD laws and policies were widely violated when ACORN spent big chunks of public funds to pay the lucrative salaries and “fringe benefits” of its employees.
Chances are good this inspector general will be following the career path of his former colleague Gerald Walpin, who was summarily fired for daring to investigate the corruption of Obama crony Kevin Johnson and the Moonbat Messiah’s nascent Sturmabteilung AmeriCorps.