State Lawmakers Call on States to Pull Funds from ACORN

Shortly before heading from work to class yesterday evening, I received an interesting news release from the folks at the American Legislative Exchange Council. About a month ago, Congress voted in favor of de-funding community organizing and voter fraud specialist group ACORN following a series of video sting operations showed employees of the organization promoting underage sex trafficking and eschewing the rule of law.

Now, ALEC has put forth a resolution asking that all states do the same, and state lawmakers are listening. Here’s the release:

Washington, D.C.— Congress has already voted to defund the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, otherwise knows as ACORN, and the IRS and Census Bureau have severed their relationships with the organization as well. However, ACORN, which according to their Web site maintains “more than 1,200 neighborhood chapters in about 75 cities,” continues to receive taxpayer money through the states.

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the nation’s largest non-partisan, individual membership association of state legislators, has identified several states which provide funding for ACORN and its affiliates, including New York ($415,000), Pennsylvania ($205,000), Georgia ($104,000), and Illinois ($100,000). In response, ALEC’s members have passed a resolution calling on all states to conduct audits to identify and immediately end all funding to ACORN and its affiliates.

In Pennsylvania, State Rep. Stephen Barrar has already introduced legislation to bar ACORN and other political organizations from receiving state funds. “ACORN has proven time and time again that it is not worthy of our trust or our financial support,” said Barrar. “This organization continues to display unethical and unlawful behavior, and it is time for the Pennsylvania Legislature to take action. The taxpayers of our Commonwealth work too hard to give their money to an agency that disrespects our laws. My efforts are about the responsible use of taxpayer money.”

Policymakers in Georgia, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, and Rhode Island have also taken action to prevent any funding for ACORN. ALEC’s Public Safety and Elections Task Force Chairman, State Rep. Paul Ray (UT), commented, “Over the past few years ACORN has continually violated the trust of the American people and the law. This includes allegations of voter registration fraud, videos of ACORN employees willfully assisting in tax evasion, child prostitution, and even obtaining federal fire protection grants in Louisiana in which they did not meet the requirements and were not qualified to receive.”

Other ALEC members had similar comments including State Rep. Gary Banz (OK), who said that, “The recent revelations of ACORN activity calls into question their mission and the appropriateness of any taxpayer funds being given to them.” And in Indiana, State Rep. Bill Ruppel said, “During a recession, it is imperative that we take the time to look closely at how state funds are allocated and how taxpayer dollars are spent. This Resolution calls on the states to do that and defund ACORN, an organization which has misused and misspent our taxpayer dollars.” ALEC will continue to work with its members during the next legislative session to identify and remove state funding for ACORN and its affiliates.



  1. Anonymous says:

    Yay. I love that my tax dollars in New York are haaaaaaard at work.

    Go get 'em, ALEC.

  2. John Feeny says:

    As much as it pains me – and all of us here, no doubt – to say this, these low-lifes will simply close up shop and re-emerge in a year's time or so, under a different name and in some other sort of 'community' activity. While Rix is correct in his lambasting the effects of the educatioal system (about which I've spoken in comments as well), what we don't hear about is that the far-left long ago co-opted the family unit and turned it into a 'community'. The destruction of the nuclear family HAD to be priority #1 if they were ever going to accomplish anything, as it is the building block of society.

    In its place we get the likes of ACORN. How sad.


    Glenn's sessions at the chalkboard are mind blowing. And now with a hotline to the White House, that they will NEVER call to dispute him. CLASSIC!

  4. Lilly says:

    Illinois will never defund ACORN, to many politician's here are in their back pocket. Heck, Burris is still publicly defending them, but he also is defending Jennings. We do have a couple good Reps, just not enough to get anything done correctly.

  5. Rix says:

    That reminds me of how Heracles fought the Hydra – a monster that grew two new heads for each one he hacked off. De-fund one group of thugs and community organizers and a dozen will appear in its stead, with new names but same agenda. to kill the monster, we must stop feeding it: ALL SOCIAL BUDGETING MUST BE KILLED! The poor will have zero insentive to stop being poor while they can help themselves to our money.

    I have recently talked to a number of people enjoying "affordable housing" in my community and was totally dismayed to learn that many of them abandoned a stable, reasonably-paying jobs for part-time positions to drop their income and milk the system. After maintaining low income for five years, they will be able to sell the "affordable" residence at market price, pocket the difference ($200k, if the prices hold) and return to normal work. How long will the taxpayer tolerate – worse, bankroll! – this insanity?!

  6. Rix says:

    John Feeny:

    The assault on family and family values is another prong of the devil's trident – in addition to rampant maligning of capitalism and totalitarian brainwashing under the guise of education – that so-called "progressives" use to destroy the American society. Look what the "progressives" offer instead: rabid sexualization of the society, application of moral relativism to various perversions (NAMBLA, anyone?!), promotion of homosexuality and same-sex marriage, destruction of parents' educational authority… The amount of evil propagated by the liberals is so immense, I wouldn't be surprised if the Serpent who talked to Eve was the first Democrat!

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