ACORN positioned for Billions of Obama Stimulus Scratch

News Release

January 26, 2009 

 Lobbying, Political Organizations Await Stimulus Package Bailout  

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 WASHINGTON. D.C. – House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) today expressed concern regarding the exclusion of good government provisions in the proposed Pelosi-Obey stimulus package including a failure to prohibit use of economic stimulus funds for lobbying or political activities.  

 “The economic stimulus should not be a bailout for lobbyists or a vehicle for political payback,” said Issa.  “Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac spent more than $170 million on lobbying, while groups like ACORN use taxpayer funds to advance a partisan agenda.  Already, this Congress is prepared to repeat the failed policies that created the financial crisis and the mismanaged Wall Street bailout.  More and more, this ‘stimulus’ is looking like a mad rush to expand government and steer billions of dollars to political supporters.” 

 

Issa also expressed deep reservations regarding provisions in the stimulus waiving rules that would prevent waste, fraud, and abuse – including provisions that will expand housing funds available to organizations such as ACORN. 

“According to the Congressional Budget, less than half of the Democrat stimulus will be spent in the next two years, yet Speaker Pelosi appears eager to use an economic crisis as a guise to fast-track funds for political allies such as ACORN and MoveOn.org” added Issa.  “This failure to prohibit the use of funds for lobbying or political purposes is outrageous.”

Congressman Issa plans to offer an amendment to prevent the use of any stimulus funds for any lobbying or political activities.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act:

  • Fails to include a prohibition on use of economic stimulus funds for lobbying or political activities (Sec. 1106, p.7).  A Government Accountability Report (GAO) noted, “The most common form of appropriation act restriction prohibits the use of funds for ‘publicity or propaganda’ (Principles of Federal Appropriations, Jan. 2004, p. 4-197).”  No such restriction exists in this Act.
  • Creates a multi-billion dollar housing slush fund that allows the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to waive rules on spending of funds. These provisions waive critical rules designed to prevent waste, fraud and abuse of taxpayer funds by organizations such as ACORN (Title XII p. 224-236).
  • ACORN is a likely beneficiary of funds from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program and the Self-Help and Assisted Homeownership Opportunity Program (report language p. 73 – $4.19 BILLION).
  • The WWF received 13% of last year’s budget from government grants and contracts.  It could benefit from money earmarked for “Science” from funds allocated to NASA (bill p. 60).
  • MoveOn.org’s civic action committee could receive stimulus funds such as money earmarked for energy “activities” (bill p. 69).  MoveOn.org lists one of its goals as to “reduce America’s dependence on oil.”   

 

 

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6 Responses

  1. We all know the help Acorn gave the Democrats in stealing winning the last election. What was in it for them? Is 4 billion dollars enough?
    Democrats attempt to pay off Acorn

  2. my ass is getting sore from being butt fucked by the gov’t !!!!

  3. And now they’re begging for more even before this bill is passed. This is some big fucking shit.

  4. Thanks for letting us know about this Simo…you rock! I wondered how they would get there payola: ACORN, MOVEON.ORG and SEIU * Andy Stern and CO..(the biggest donor to the Obama campaign that just locked out another Union and is trying to take over via hard tactics.) Change my foot!

    Inflation will be upon us and it will take twenty dollars to buy a loaf of bread…if this continues. You can’t continue to print money, eventually it catches up to the system and the people suffer…

  5. I remember when Hillary was working on Health Care for ALL AMERICANS and they balked saying that it would cost 2 billion dollars and NOW here is ACORN set to collect 4 billion and Pelosi/REID don’t bat an eye, while they say that health care reform won’t be happening. See, Katiebirds post…truly made me cry.

    Dems have lost their way, and are looking like what they claimed they wanted to rid the system of: corruption and greed.

  6. The most telling piece of this entire summary is this line “failure to prohibit use of economic stimulus funds for lobbying or political activities”. Now didn’t our Superhero campaign for President on a platform that said we need to get rid of the “lobbyist” in Washington? All the while, he was taking millions from the lobbyists and their families – doesn’t matter whose name is on the check, the lobbyist or the lobby firm, in the end….its payola by the same people for the same reasons! Obama is an empty suit.

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