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ACORN Rebranded but Still in Trouble


The "community organizing" group known as ACORN is back. You might remember them for the countless people they helped register to vote -- sometimes even registering Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, or the same person fifty times. The organization faced one criminal investigation after another, and yet it lives on.

The former Texas ACORN chapter has a new name and a scheme to collect donations and divert them for political use in a way that abuses tax laws governing charitable organizations, according to a Washington-based public interest group.

Cause of Action, a nonprofit taxpayer watchdog, charged in a letter to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration that the tax-exempt Texas Organizing Project (TOP), formed from the ashes of scandal-ridden ACORN, is using money funneled to it by a closely associated group called the Texas Organizing Project Education Fund for political activity.

The fund gave nearly 80 percent of its revenues -- approximately $640,000 -- to the advocacy group in 2010, leading Cause of Action officials to believe its reason for being is to raise charitable donations to send to TOP, which is permitted to fund political activity. TOP has used its website to solicit support for Mary Ann Perez, a Democrat running for state representative.

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  1. joelinpdxComment by joelinpdx
    July 20, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

    Scumbuckets will find a way to get over on the system. We must keep rooting them out.

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  2. BillzillaComment by Billzilla
    July 20, 2012 @ 12:41 pm

    Gosh, this is a surprise! Not!

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  3. billwvComment by billwv
    July 20, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

    Whatever happened to the ‘good ole days’ when we [as boys] had acorn fights under the oak trees. Now we have to fight ACORNS to keep ‘dead people’ and ‘fictional characters’ from voting. No wonder Eric Holder wants to battle in behalf of the ‘community organizers’ SO his boss can win the election.
    POTUS and the ‘corrupt’ Senate needs replacing and we need to do it in November.

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  4. HalComment by Hal
    July 20, 2012 @ 2:46 pm

    You would think, with all the money ACORN has received, that they would set up a website so I could check to see where they have registered me to vote. I’d like to get absentee ballots. Wouldn’t be voting for their candidate, of course, but I could offset some of their other fictitious voters.

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  5. cxComment by genesal
    July 20, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

    Acorns are for squirrels.

    I lived in the Acorn Projects in Oakland, Ca while I was stationed at Oakland Army Base. That’s when I had to drive back from Fort Mason in San Francisco in a marked OD Military Police pickup truck thru a San Francisco Gay Parade. Trepidation to say the least.

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  6. BobinmsComment by Bobinms
    July 20, 2012 @ 3:55 pm

    I was in San Francisco last month and there was a completely naked white fella and black girl just standing there on the street.

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    • cynicalobserverComment by cynicalobserver
      July 21, 2012 @ 8:59 am

      Nothing is surprising anymore. In Dec 1945, I returned to the USA after serving in combat for 2 years. I thought the war was over but it is still raging on.

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  7. cynicalobserverComment by cynicalobserver
    July 21, 2012 @ 8:57 am

    Corruption is is running amok.

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