This time, it’s all about a really big party in Las Vegas in 2010:
The General Services Administration’s inspector general issued a 16-page “management deficiency report’’ on Monday outlining its findings concerning the 2010 Western Regions Conference in Las Vegas. The report concluded that the five-day event for 300 attendees in October 2010 at the M Resort Spa Casino cost more than $822,751. It added that many expenditures were “excessive and wasteful.”
In the wake of the report, the head of the GSA resigned and two of her deputies were fired. (The GSA is the federal agency that manages U.S. government buildings.)
This is, what, about the eleventy-dozenth “green energy” company to go under despite the Obama administration’s subsidies?
A California solar energy company that was unable to meet a deadline for an Energy Department loan guarantee last year has sought bankruptcy protection in Delaware.
Solar Trust of America’s Chapter 11 filing on Monday listed assets between $1 million and $10 million, and liabilities between $10 million and $50 million.
Hey, they should be happy to do their part to help lefties feel good about themselves, right?
According to a report released by the aid group Oxfam on Wednesday, more than 20,000 people say they were evicted from their homes here in recent years to make way for a tree plantation run by a British forestry company, emblematic of a global scramble for arable land.
This could be the start of yet another Clinton scandal…
Former U.S. Postal Service Governor Alan Kessler pressured postal executives to scuttle a planned property purchase that would have cost a friend millions of dollars, according to a report from the Office of Inspector General. The IG also found that the Postal Service general counsel, Mary Anne Gibbons, failed to act as she should have to halt Kessler’s actions and report them to the IG.
You remember Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO), the lady who not only “forgot” to pay taxes on her private jet, yet also attacked a primary opponent for using a private jet.
Well, the lady seems to have a real problem with simple bookkeeping, overlooking some $277,000 in donations and disbursements:
Tim Geithner would be so proud…
According to reporter Matthew Vadum, ACORN owes a little under $163,000 in back taxes, both to the IRS and a number of state revenue agencies.
The massive conglomerate ACORN Housing Corp. and its subsidiaries owe an eye-popping $162,813 in back taxes, according to the Nexis public records database.
The money is owed to the IRS, California, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, the city of Philadelphia, and the California counties of Fresno and Santa Clara. (A list of the 106 tax liens may be viewed here.)
Like a con artist trying to escape his past, ACORN Housing legally changed its name to Affordable Housing Centers of America Inc. (AHCOA).
And don’t forget, as I posted last week, ACORN is still getting federal dollars.
What are the chances of the public-employee-union-staffed IRS going after ACORN or AHCOA? I wouldn’t place any large wagers–or small ones, for that matter–on it.
They’re still feeding at the federal trough, and apparently not trying all that hard to hide it:
On October 1, 2009, President Obama signed into law legislation known as the Defund ACORN Act that effectively prohibited the federal government from funding “ACORN and any ACORN-related affiliate.” Following a lawsuit filed by ACORN challenging the law, which passed both branches of Congress by wide margins, the federal courts in New York upheld the constitutionality of the funding ban on August 13, 2010. The Supreme Court last month refused to hear ACORN’s appeal of this funding ban.
But a Judicial Watch investigation revealed that, on March 1, 2011, HUD announced a $79,819 federal grant to ACHOA to “educate the public and housing providers about their rights and obligations under federal, state, and local fair housing laws.”
Although the Government Accountability Office issued a controversial advisory opinion in September 2010 stating that ACHOA is a separate entity from ACORN and is therefore not subject to the funding ban, the government’s website listing federal expenditures identifies the organization receiving the $79,819 grant as “ACORN Housing Corporation Inc,” and lists ACORN’s New Orleans, Louisiana, address. Moreover ACHOA maintains the same board of directors, executive director and offices as its predecessor, ACORN Housing Corporation, Inc.
You didn’t really think Team Obama would let ACORN lose its federal funding in advance of his reelection campaign, did you?
And remember, this man was once the choice of many Democrats for the big chair in the Oval Office:
The United States Department of Justice has green-lighted the prosecution of former presidential candidate John Edwards for alleged violations of campaign laws while he tried to cover up an extra-marital affair, ABC News has learned.
A source close to the case said Edwards is aware that the government intends to seek an indictment and that the former senator from North Carolina is now considering his limited options. He could accept a plea bargain with prosecutors or face a potentially costly trial.
Edwards has been the focus of a lengthy federal investigation focusing on hundreds of thousands of dollars allegedly provided by two wealthy supporters. The government will contend those were illegal donations that ultimately went to support and seclude his mistress, Rielle Hunter.
Now, the question is, will Edwards fight, or try to plea-bargain? I’m pretty sure any plea bargain is still gonna involve jail time, so he might decide to fight… or he might not.
Being mired in accusations and allegations of criminal activity, ACORN has suspended advising clients until after an independent review is completed.
ACORN’s chief executive Bertha Lewis stated that she was “ordering a halt to any new intakes into ACORN’s service programs until completion of an independent review.” She further stated:
“ACORN’s independent Advisory Council will help select an independent auditor/reviewer no later than September 18th to review all of the systems and processes called into question by the videos.”
Who are the members of ACORN’s Advisory Council?
The Advisory Council includes John Podesta, president of the liberal Center for American Progress; Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, a former lieutenant governor of Maryland; Andrew Stern, international president of Service Employees International Union; Henry Cisneros, a former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; John Banks, vice president of Government Relations Con Ed; and Eric Eve, senior vice president of Global Consumer Group, Community Relations, of Citigroup.
[Article - ACORN says workers conduct 'indefensible'].
Gosh, golly, gee…their decisions aren’t going to be partial and biased. ACORN is stalling for time to regroup and perform damage control operations. It is a powerful organization and they aren’t going to let little things like corruption and scandal to stop them from furthering their various Marxist agendas [Article - 1. SEIU: ‘One of the Pillars of the ACORN Family’ | 2. Obama Advisor John Podesta Rips Glenn Beck as "Van's chief tormentor' | 3. Center for American Progress | 4. Trial of Ex-HUD Chief to Begin Tuesday | 5. John Banks Political Campaign Contributions 2008 Election Cycle | 6. CONSOLIDATED EDISON INC EMPLOYEES' POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (CEIPAC) | 7. Soros Fund Management LLC SEC Form 13F | 8. Eric Eve Political Campaign Contributions 2008 Election Cycle].
The recent stings launched against several offices of the “community organizing” group ACORN [Article - ACORN's Lawless Ways] has proven this: How inept and ineffective the so-called “mainstream” media really is.
When you have people who aren’t even journalists or journalism graduates doing the work that the “mainstream” media won’t do, it proves that the “mainstream”, “state-run” media outlets or as I would like to call it, the “MIA” (Media In Absentia) outlets are obsolete and irrelevant [Article - ACORN Story Grows But Mainstream Media Refuse to Cover It].
ACORN, President Obama’s “community organizing” agency of choice, in the face of mounting scandals and corruption, have applied for more government funds [Article - ACORN wants another $6 million despite scandals]. In other words, taxpayer money.
ACORN has access to, but may not qualify for over $8 billion dollars of “stimu-less” money [Video - Who in Congress Is Helping ACORN Grow? | Article - 1. ACORN got $53 million in federal funds since 94, now eligible for up to $8 billion more | 2. Biased PolitiFact.com Covers for ACORN, Attacks Michele Bachmann | 3. ACORN's Stimulus].
We’ll find out if somebody in Congress will wise up and think twice before approving any application for funding from ACORN until the organization is thoroughly investigated.
UPDATE: Fellow blog poster CW stole my thunder a little bit [Blog Post - Senate Votes To Cut Off Federal ACORN Funding]. It seems ACORN’s money spigot is temporarily shut off for now.