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The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, ACORN, is a far-left organization that purports to promote the poor and disadvantaged. It is currently being investigated for voter registration fraud in least 14 states, having submitted hundreds of thousands of bogus registrations throughout the country.
ACORN claims to be "a non-profit, non-partisan social justice organization with national headquarters in New York, New Orleans and Washington, D.C.."
And despite its troubling track record, ACORN receives plenty of money from Democrats in Congress. ACORN affiliates in just 11 states are reported to have received more than $31 million in taxpayer funding. And ACORN has plenty of affiliates. Hundreds, in fact.
ACORN founder Wade Rathke also founded the huge public sector union, the SEIU (Service Employees International Union), which also happens to funnel funds to ACORN. Other ACORN affiliates, like the American Institute for Social Justice, also send millions directly to its parent.
Worse, ACORN is competing for $8 billion in Stimulus dough, thanks to President Obama.
So where does the money go? Fox News traced the money to a single, small funeral parlor in New Orleans on Elysian Fields Avenue. It appears to be a bank for ACORN and as many as 268 of its far-left affiliates.
And some of its affiliates -- like "The ACORN Institute" -- are 501(c)(3) organizations.
To maintain its tax-exempt status, various arms of ACORN purport to be a non-partisan, community support organizations. These are laughable propositions, to be sure, but thus far have resisted attempts to puncture their complex corporate veils.
But Mitchell Blatt may have found a damning piece of evidence that destroys ACORN's claims of non-partisanship. It's an internal ACORN memo -- dated January 26, 2004 -- that spells out explicit gerrymandering strategies to benefit Democrats.