Admittedly, in the big picture, it’s just a slap on the wrist, but at least it’s something:
A judge Wednesday slapped the defunct grass-roots community organizing group ACORN with a maximum $5,000 fine for its role in a voter registration compensation scheme in the 2008 election cycle.
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?
The Supreme Court decided not to hear an appeal of ACORN’s funding cut-off:
Congress cut off ACORN’s federal funding last year in response to allegations the group engaged in voter registration fraud and embezzlement and violated the tax-exempt status of some of its affiliates by engaging in partisan political activities.
ACORN sued, but the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City upheld the action. The high court refused to hear its appeal.
Of course, this is probably largely moot, because the lefties can just set up different organizations and continue the same old same old, but still, it’s a small victory for the forces of light and goodness.
Remember ACORN? The authorities in Nevada sure do:
The last individual defendant in the voter registration malfeasance case involving the national grass-roots community organizing group ACORN was sentenced Monday to a year of probation.
District Judge Donald Mosley ordered that Amy Busefink, as part of her probation, must perform 100 hours of community service and pay a $4,000 fine — $3,000 more than recommended by state prosecutors.
Busefink in November pleaded no contest to two counts of conspiracy to commit the crime of compensation for registration of voters, a gross misdemeanor. She entered an Alford plea, which means she didn’t admit guilt but acknowledged that prosecutors could prove their case against her.
And she’s not the only one:
Nevada law states it is “unlawful for a person to provide compensation for registering voters that is based upon the total number of voters a person registers.”
The Nevada attorney general’s office argued that ACORN and Busefink authorized a Las Vegas field operative to run an illegal voter-registration program during the 2008 election cycle that used cash to encourage workers to sign up voters.
ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, also had an illegal quota policy that forced workers to register a certain number of people per shift or face termination, according to authorities.
The field operative who created and ran the incentive program, Christopher Edwards, is serving three years of probation after pleading guilty to two gross misdemeanors.
As part of a plea deal, Edwards must testify against ACORN.
Busefink is a longtime employee of Project Vote; worked in partnership with ACORN in 2008; and oversaw Edwards. Project Vote is a national grass-roots organization that registers voters.
Keep an eye on ACORN or similar efforts (like Project Vote) going into the 2012 elections!
And now the professional rabble-rousers are themselves being protested:
A group of 30 protesters stood outside a San Diego ACORN office, alerting passerby’s to their discontent with the community organization groups venture into criminal activity.
Since the BigGovernment.com tapes were released a week ago, San Diego Association of Community Organization Reform Now (ACORN) office has been targeted by the County Board of Supervisors, Governor Schwarzenegger and now county taxpayers.
“We have to continue to keep the pressure on this government and stop the corruption before it’s too late,” said protest organizer Lindy Reedy.
The last paragraph, however, is the best:
The group declared the afternoon protest a success as 60 percent of the cars honked and they only got the finger once. “A good day indeed,” Reedy smiled.
It’s at, logically enough, www.defendhannah.com.