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House Republicans Want to Defund Non-Existent ACORN Organization

The anti-poverty, pro-voter activist group, ACORN, disbanded three years ago, but House Republicans plan to vote on two bills that would defund the non-existent organization anyway.

"Is it too late to defund Saddam Hussein?" joked Rep. Alan Grayson, an acid-tongued
Democratic congressman from Florida.

ACORN disbanded back in 2010, but Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, included in a bill introduced on May 28 "none of the funds made available in this Act may be distributed to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) or its subsidiaries or successors."

However, ACORN has no subsidiaries. Culberson also does not define ACORN's "successors."

A 2009 funding ban against ACORN included "any state chapter of ACORN registered with the Secretary of State's office in that State" and "any organization that shares directors, employees, or independent contractors with ACORN," according to

It also included any organization that "employs" someone "indicted" for violations with which ACORN was charged.

Another bill written by Rep. John Carter, R-Texas, extends the defunding of ACORN to "any prior Appropriations Act."

ACORN was a major force in getting out minority voters for President Barack Obama in 2008. It would appear that the broader goal of the House Republicans is to keep ACORN workers out of politics.



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