Where There’s a Will There’s a Way – ACORN Continues to Receive Federal Funds

Published Mon, Nov 30 2009 9:02 AM

The papers are buzzing with articles discussing the Department of Justice determination that ACORN may continue to receive federal funds already obligated to the organization. You can view the memorandum that started this all at www.biggovernment.com.

Here's what we're hearing:

The Examiner

On the other hand, the Holder Justice Department could simply be flat wrong in its legal reasoning. Not too much of a stretch, considering that Holder decided to drop charges of voter intimidation against the clearly guilty Black Panthers, overruling his own legal staff in the process. It is amazing what this administration will do to protect its supporters.

The New York Times

The deputy director of national operations for Acorn, Brian Kettenring, praised Mr. Barron's decision.

"We are pleased that commitments will be honored relative to Acorn's work to help keep America's working families facing foreclosure in their homes," Mr. Kettenring said.

ABC News

Barron said the language could be interpreted "categorically to prohibit any outlay of money to the identified entities, including pursuant to pre-existing contractual obligations," but, "one could also read the phrase not to prohibit payments made pursuant to a prior binding contractual duty."

Because of this perceived ambiguity, Barron concluded that the law "should not be read as directing or authorizing HUD to breach a pre-existing binding contractual obligation to make payments to ACORN or its affiliates, subsidiaries or allied organizations where doing so would give rise to contractual liability."

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The ranking Republican on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., blasted the DOJ opinion as "political cronyism."

"The bipartisan intent of Congress was clear – no more federal dollars should flow to ACORN," Issa said. "It is telling that this administration continues to look for every excuse possible to circumvent the intent of Congress.  Taxpayers should not have to continue subsidizing a criminal enterprise that helped Barack Obama get elected president.  The politicization of the Justice Department to pay back one of the president's political allies is shameful and amounts to nothing more than old-fashioned cronyism."   

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