Holder, ACORN, and InJustice
Breitbart to Eric Holder – Investigate ACORN or We’ll Release More Tapes
Here is an article worth reading:
Current law prohibits the community organization ACORN and its associated groups from receiving any federal funds from any federal law currently on the books. However, the Eric Holder Justice Department has interpreted the law as allowing federal agencies to pay ACORN for “binding contractual obligations” made before the current prohibition was enacted. This questionable interpretation may go a long way toward neutralizing ACORN’s funding prohibition.
The actual ban reads as follows: “None of the funds made available from this joint resolution or any other prior Act may be provided to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries or allied organizations.” (Emphasis added.)
The Justice Department claims the phrase “provided to” is unclear and “has no established meaning in appropriations law.” Justice cites terms more frequently used, such as “obligate” and “expend,” that have accepted meaning in spending legislation. Justice goes on to defend its point by exhaustively listing the many definitions of “provide” given in Webster’s, Oxford, and American Heritage dictionaries, and even Roget’s Thesaurus. Like Bill Clinton, they probably could have found as many definitions for the word “is.”
So, they are saying funds may be “provided to” but not “expended” or “obligated?” Here is another definition they may be uninterested in: Weasel words. Does that mean they are weasels?
Weasel words is an informal term for words and phrases that, whilst communicating a vague or ambiguous claim, create an impression that something specific and meaningful has been said.
In his short stint as Attorney General, Eric Holder has protected Black Panthers, and ACORN, while doing his damnedest to avoid appointing a special prosecutor to investigate the White House’s involvement in covering up the alleged corruption of Obama ally Kevin Johnson. The Administration went as far as firing Inspector General Gerald Walpin in an attempt to cover up Johnson’s wrong-doing.
It seems we have an AG more interested in providing political cover for corruption than almost anything else. Am I shocked?
Attorney General Eric Holder has made it abundantly clear he has absolutely no interest in investigating his radical friends at ACORN.
Holder’s Justice Department released a legal opinion last week that allows the Obama administration to ignore the will of Congress which has voted overwhelmingly to suspend federal funding of ACORN until at least Dec. 18. He’s also ignored the 88-page report on ACORN’s systemic corruption and flagrant racketeering activities that was issued this summer by Republican investigators on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Apparently, public outrage at the continuing antics of the corrupt radical advocacy group that used to employ President Obama and White House political director Patrick Gaspard counts for nothing.
More than a month ago, Congress passed a bill designed to protect taxpayers from funding the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. The left-wing activist group, which has received at leastt $53 million in government funds since 1994, is notorious for submitting fraudulent voter registrations and for allegedly commingling the finances of its nonprofit and political arms. More recently, a series of undercover videotapes caught ACORN employees abetting fraud and underage sex-trafficking.
Despite ACORN’s misfeasance, the Department of Justice has issued a legal opinion suggesting that the group can continue to receive taxpayer money despite the new law. Justice’s memo, written in mid-October but quietly released over Thanksgiving…
What a slap in the face of taxpayers. The Justice Department has just directed payments be made to ACORN for costs incurred before they were caught trying to help a pimp and a prostitute set up an illegal smuggling operation of 13-year-old-girls brought to the U.S. for prostitution.
But they are Democrats, so it’s OK… is there any other explanation?
The Holder Justice Department has concluded that the Obama administration can lawfully pay Acorn for services provided under contracts signed before Congress banned the government from providing money to the group. Here is the Office of Legal Counsel memo reaching this conclusion.
OLC analysis is tortured. Congress stated: “None of the funds made available by this Joint Resolution or any prior Act may be provided to ACORN. . .” On its face, this looks like a blanket prohibition against paying ACORN under any circumstances. However, OLC purports to find ambiguity in the term “provided to” and then opts for a meaning that does not bar “payments made pursuant to a binding contractual duty.”
Can you believe that crap? Oops. Sorry. It’s just that it stinks on ice.
Almost 40% of William Howard Taft’s cabinet officials were from the private sector. Ike had nearly 60% of his appointees sporting private sector experience. Reagan had about 55% and George W. Bush about 53%. Even FDR and Truman saw half their cabinet officials coming to government with private sector experience.
Less than 10%.
That means that only about 7% of Barack Obama’s cabinet appointees ever worked in the private sector. So is it any wonder that Obama has become the president responsible for an unprecedented bloating of the federal government and a take over of power on a scale never before seen?
Nick Schulz published a great graph revealing the private sector experience of the appointees of every president since 1901.
Congress passed it. Obama signed it into law on 10-01-09.
Everybody OK with the AG unilaterally ignoring the will of Congress, circumventing the laws they have passed?
In related news,
A Justice Department spokesman simply said “we decline comment” when asked about plans to investigate ACORN.
The lawmakers also heard from Anita MonCrief, a former ACORN worker-turned- whistleblower who said she saw organized illegal activity in what she described as a “culture of dishonesty.” She talked about how ACORN was armed with a list of “maxed out” Obama campaign donors who were solicited for funds to help voter registration efforts.
MonCreif also discussed how the voter registration workers were pressured to meet daily quotas and even threatened with prosecution if they failed to keep pace.
“The poor will be better served when ACORN is no longer the go-to place for the poor,” Issa declared.
Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita blamed ACORN for producing hundreds of bogus registration in just one Northern Indiana County.
Rokita, a Republican, said the problem of intentional fraudulent voter registration threatens to undermine the democratic process.
“This is an American issue,” he said. “This is a constitutional issue. Americans should be mad.”
Representatives from several House Democratic offices did not immediately respond to Fox News’ questions about the Republican forum.
The free corporate rewards gifts arrived by the dozens: $5,000 I.B.M. gift certificates, $500 travel coupons, Broadway show tickets, tickets to Met and Yankee games. The only problem was that, according to city schools investigators, it was all based on a fraud.
Investigators on Tuesday alleged that a Brooklyn-based bookkeeper and community organizer for the beleaguered antipoverty group Acorn improperly received $500,000 in merchandise for a corporate rewards program with Verizon, the telephone company, through a complex fraud scheme that went on for more than four years.
“She left no stone unturned,” said Richard J. Condon, the special commissioner of investigation for the city’s schools.
Last week, we learned that the Department of Justice wants the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) to continue receiving taxpayer dollars in spite of ongoing criminal investigations into widespread fraud and other illegal activities on the part of ACORN officers and employees. Somehow the Department of Justice missed the fact that Congress overwhelmingly passed — and the President signed — unambiguous legislation to strip ACORN of its funding.
Almost as soon as Congress acted to defund ACORN, the whining of the liberal establishment commenced.
The USCCR’s interest, he explains, is in the “precedent”: “I don’t want any organization or group to point to the New Black Panther party controversy and say, ‘We did the same exact things, and we want the same treatment.’ ”
Attorney General Eric Holder has so far ignored requests for relevant documents despite a statutory mandate to cooperate. Notes Commissioner Peter Kirsanow, “We thought we had made a very reasonable information request. We got a cursory response, and we’ve continued to be stiffed.” Hans von Spakovsky–a former counsel to the assistant attorney general for civil rights–thinks Holder must have “something to hide.”
So William Jefferson, the man with the fine cold brick of cash in his freezer, is off to jail. This is a step in the right direction, but only a step. There are plenty of others in need of the same treatment: Christopher Dodd, Harry Reid, and Charles Rangel, just to note the most well-known. Dodd has interesting financial connections with a number of Connecticut finance companies. Reid has serious real estate problems that may be connected to Da Boys back in Vegas. Rangel’s activities are so complex as to baffle even experienced experts in financial crime (who have been forced to call in a mixed crew of Jesuits, Talmudic scholars, and quantum physicists to help sort it out). In a just world, all three would be headed for the same cell block as Jefferson. Yet they’re not only free and walking around, but they’re also wielding power on a national scale. It can be said with little exaggeration that they (along with their unindicted co-conspirator, Barney Frank) are in large part responsible for the crash leading to our current economic predicament. Each of them is now diligently working to make it worse.
Through all the necessary focus on our Dear Leader, we often forget that the problem isn’t simply Obama, or the Congress, or even the Democratic Party as a whole. The problem is liberalism — what it is, and what it may become.
Embattled Athens County, Ohio Democratic Chairwoman Susan Gwinn was indicted Monday on two counts of election-related bribery, special prosecutors announced today.
Gwinn, who last month was charged with six felonies for campaign finance crimes and money-laundering, became the subject of a voter fraud investigation after an email from College Democrats Vice President Kellie Galan surfaced in which students were promised a cash bounty for every voter brought to the polls.
Is ACORN engaged in a massive money laundering scheme?
Although evidence abounds that the radical left-wing advocacy group-cum-organized crime syndicate is recycling funds mafia-style, government investigators and the media have paid scant attention to ACORN’s money trail.
Red flags that appear to signal unlawful activities by ACORN are everywhere yet ACORN’s collaborators in the White House, Justice Department, and House Judiciary Committee, smugly ignore them.
ACORN, the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now, is in the process of changing its name and has already transferred many of its resources to several other left-wing advocacy and political groups, according to a report released Tuesday by Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
While the Justice Department has said that federal housing funds should continue to flow to ACORN, several congressmen, in a joint hearing of the House Oversight Committee and the Judiciary Committee, said they want a special prosecutor to investigate the group’s use of taxpayer dollars.
Several weeks back, Congress included in the Continuing Appropriations Resolution for 2010 a provision that bars federal funds to ACORN and its “affiliates, subsidiaries or allied organizations.”
President Obama signed the resolution. But the Justice Department’s opinion issued last week cleared the way for funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to continue going to the organization, a group that many House Republicans have called a “criminal enterprise.”
Republican lawmaker Lamar Smith called for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special prosecutor to look into the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN).
The Texan, who is the ranking minority member of the House Judiciary Committee, said he believes the Department of Justice is unable to fairly investigate the organization because of ACORN’s connections to the Democratic Party.
Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) today hosted a Republican forum to examine allegations against ACORN and call for federal investigators to hold the organization accountable.
Ranking Member Smith: “For months, Republicans have been calling on our Democratic-counterparts to investigate the very serious allegations against ACORN. Today’s hearing is an opportunity for Republicans to move forward on an issue of importance to the American people—determining whether taxpayer dollars have been allocated to an organization engaged in illegal conduct.
“According to documents obtained by Oversight staff, it appears that ACORN directed an affiliate, Project Vote, to target Republicans in the 2008 election. This kind of political activity is a clear violation of the organization’s non-profit status. With mountains of evidence, federal law enforcement agencies can no longer ignore the shady actions of ACORN.”