Skip to comments.ACORN Watch: “Honesty is not going to get you the house” [third tape - NYC]
Posted on 09/14/2009 7:31:15 AM PDT by the anti-liberal
Photoshop credit: Leo Alberti
James OKeefe and Hannah Giles visited one of ACORNs New York offices in August, where they picked up handy tips on how to lie on housing forms to cover up a prostitution business (Honesty is not going to get you the house, one ACORN official advises) and how to hide cash from their illicit business (When you buy the house with the backyard, you get a tin and you bury it down in there cover it and put the grass over it ).
Watch the whole thing at Big Government. This is now the third videotaped sting exposing the ACORN rackets law-undermining, truth-sabotaging counseling sessions.
If the Census Bureau no longer trusts ACORN to collect data as a result of these videotapes, why is Congress still allowing taxpayer money to be funneled to the ACORN Housing Corporation?
AHC has received an estimated $16 million in taxpayer funds between 1997-2007, according to the Employment Policies Institute.
Last week, I noted that ACORN is now managing apartments in Bedford-Stuyvesant for the newly completed Atlantic Avenue Apartments.
In April, I noted that the bone-headed Bush administration shoved another $1.6 million into AHCs pockets to subsidize the left-wing mortgage counseling racket.
AHC has a long history of abusing federal housing funds and Americorps grants for political activities. Thanks to the Consumer Rights League and brave ACORN whistleblowers, we also know their shady practices include working to obtain mortgages for illegal aliens and relying on undocumented income, under the table money, that may not be reported to the Internal Revenue Service.
And thanks to the Employment Policies Institute, we know the stench goes back decades. Just one infamous episode from 1994:
In 1994 the ACORN Housing Corporation (AHC) was awarded a $1.1 million grant by AmeriCorps, a program of the Corporation for National Service (CNS). The money was intended to fund the training of 42 AmeriCorps members in 13 cities. The workers were expected to identify low-income families hoping to purchase a ﬁrst home, to assist them in ﬁnding suitable housing, and to advise them in securing the
During the grant-making process, AHC was asked about its relationship to ACORN, because political advocates were ineligible for the grant. At the time, AHC maintained that it was a completely separate entity from ACORN, and CNS awarded the grant based on this understanding.
Evidence uncovered by Luise Jordan, the Inspector General for AmeriCorps, suggests that this promised separation was simply not true. In testimony before a house subcommittee, Jordan stated:
Our preliminary research determined that AHC was part of a number of ACORN-related organizations.
Not only did we ﬁnd references to ACORN having created AHC to serve purposes common to both organizations, we noted numerous transactions and activities involving AHC and other fraternal ACORN-related corporations. These transactions included costs charged to AHC, and thus to the CNS grant, by ACORN or other ACORN-related entities. Charges of this nature were made to our grant for the AHC locations where AHC and ACORN (or other ACORN-related activities) were co-located.
AHCs initial subterfuge pales in comparison to the illegal fundraising scheme it subsequently operated, using its AmeriCorps grant to increase ACORNs membership.
According to Jordan, one ACORN member in the Dallas regional ofﬁce stated that the only reason for having the AmeriCorps program was to gain new ACORN members, and that if AmeriCorps loan counseling clients did not start becoming ACORN members, she could and would halt the AmeriCorps project. Jordan found that this understanding was not limited to the Dallas ofﬁce. Using government funds to solicit membership in an organization that like ACORNparticipates in direct political advocacy is a violation of federal guidelines.
AHC also utilized its government-funded loan counseling program to steer low-income families toward ACORN memberships. Jordan found that AHC had distributed leaﬂets stating that low income, ﬁrst-time homebuyers were required to join ACORN, at an annual cost of $60, in order to receive the government-subsidized counseling. An AHC loan counseling client in New Orleans (who is a retired high school business teacher), she explained, was escorted by an AmeriCorps member to an ACORN organizer who solicited membership in ACORN. The client felt like she was not going to be allowed to leave until she gave the ACORN organizer a $60 check, or authorized a $5 per month automatic bank draft for ACORN membership dues. And as with ACORNs own employees who attempted to unionize, AmeriCorps members who refused to participate in this illegal fundraising scheme faced the threat of immediate termination.
The Inspector Generals ofﬁce (IG) was lucky to ﬁnd out as much about the improper relationship between AHC and ACORN as it did. And AHC made every effort to obstruct the investigation. The IG issued subpoenas to AHC and ACORN, whose response did not include several documents, or parts of documents that we had obtained from our other sources. Jordan later wrote, Our subpoena clearly called for these documents, and they were critical in supporting the conclusions of our investigation. Withholding required documentation was only the beginning of AHCs attempt to hinder the investigation. AHC also limited the ability of investigators to interview AmeriCorps members in private. This greatly hampered the IGs ability to obtain reliable information regarding the activities of AmeriCorps members. Eventually, in response to a torrent of red ﬂags raised by the IG, the Corporation for National Service terminated AHCs grant
Tax forms show that the ACORN Housing Corporation has received more than $11,230,000 in public funds since ﬁscal year 1997. More than $5,100,000 was paid in fees or grants to ACORN entities.
Ill ask again: If the Census Bureau no longer trusts ACORN to collect data as a result of these videotapes, why is Congress still allowing taxpayer money to be funneled to the ACORN Housing Corporation?
Its all about the coordinated corruption.
Call your congressional representatives (202-224-3121) and say it louder:
ACORN is a criminal enterprise.
Not one more taxpayer dime.
ACORN is a criminal enterprise and should be prosdecuted and shutdown under RICO!
Obama’s ACRON is enough to impeach the SOB!
This should lead the show tonight!
Forget the birth certificate - THIS is what will ultimately take Obama down.
How far is Bammy involved with this? How much pimp cash is he raking in on the side?
What did the PresiPIMP know and when did he know it?
Yes, I agree.
Happy, happy Monday. How many MORE?
And I don't mean helping pimps hide proceeds from child prostitution in their lawns.
Come to think of it, I wonder if Bawny Frank got advise from COI/ACORN?
ACORN is a criminal enterprise.
Not one more taxpayer dime.
ACORN—>> Money laundering—>> DNC
REPEAT: NOT ONE MORE TAXPAYER DIME!
“I don’t care who you are, that’s funny right there.”
A third tape? I’m laughing my butt off. What excuse does the Justice Department have now for not opening an investigation?
"No conclusive evidence of guilt?" I seem to recall it worked pretty well for Clinton.
Ok, somehow I missed the 2nd tape. I guess I have been so busy being a protester, i just missed it. :/ When did a 2nd one come out?
And we know the Dems will be screaming “its just the APPEARANCE of impropriety that matters”—meaning the impropriety of the filmmakers in “entrapping” the poor litle nut-jobs of ACORN.
Wishful thinking I'm afraid.
Barry could be caught in bed with any combination of dead and live boys and girls all supplied by ACORN and the MSM would still fawn over how lucky we are to have The One and how evil and mean spirited the far right wing conservatives are for daring to mention it.
There have been three sets of tapes released. First Baltimore, then DC and now NY.
You can view them all at BigGovernment.com
Is Janet Napolitano looking into ACORN’s criminal activities against the government? ACORN teaches people to cheat on taxes for one thing... any interest? And if not, why not?
If Dems have any hope of retaining any politicians after 2010, let alone the presidency, they need COI/ACORN.
Its all about the coordinated corruption.”
How effectively all the skulduggery the Obama administration is and has been doing ... it is blatantly ignored by the press, medias, TV stations and commentators. Glenn Beck is great at using their own words to show up how ‘on target’ they are with their intentions for America.
THIS IS IT! If we allow him to get his insisted on legislation, his security force, his henchmen in all the powerful position; and make alliances with other socialist, Marxist nations ... it will, indeed, be TOO late to turn this around in our lifetime. They will suspend elections, seize the guns. have a ‘watcher’ on every block or so, people will not have jobs, be under control, as to travel, occupations choices, be taxed to such an extreme as to force or seize their property. There will be such a state of mayhem as to America being a terrible place to live. I pray not. It is coming soon (within a couple of years).
Who ever believed the power pf eminent domain would be used by the government to force people to sell out whether they wanted to or not ... without true good reason?
Who thought All forms of Christian religion would be ousted from all public/government facilities, schools, colleges, the armed forces, the hospitals? Christianity will soon be illegal for intolerance.
Who realized that all the push for going into debt, via credit, credit, credit was to give control to the creditors ... deliberately hoping to make indentured servants out of us?
And so on
so it goes. We have not stood up and said ... NO MORE!
Hopefully at least a dirty dozen...
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