Below is the Executive Summary from the report filed today by the House Committee investigating the activities of ACORN, followed by their Key Findings. The full report outlines the details behind each finding, and provides examples of the evidence supporting the findings. Download the full report here.
Regarding findings #3 and #4 below, you may want to check out some of my old posts that reference specific examples of such activity. More specifically, some of the same reports and documents referenced in the House report footnotes have been available on my ACORN Money Trail page, where I’ve been posting supporting documents for all my ACORN related research and posts over the last several months. (Refer specifically to reports on this page from USAspending.gov, referenced on page 63 of the House report)
U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
Darrell Issa (CA-49), Ranking Member
U.S. House of Representatives
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
July 23, 2009
“The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) has repeatedly
and deliberately engaged in systemic fraud. Both structurally and operationally, ACORN
hides behind a paper wall of nonprofit corporate protections to conceal a criminal
conspiracy on the part of its directors, to launder federal money in order to pursue a
partisan political agenda and to manipulate the American electorate.
Emerging accounts of widespread deceit and corruption raise the need for a criminal
investigation of ACORN. By intentionally blurring the legal distinctions between 361
tax-exempt and non-exempt entities, ACORN diverts taxpayer and tax-exempt monies
into partisan political activities. Since 1994, more than $53 million in federal funds have
been pumped into ACORN, and under the Obama administration, ACORN stands to
receive a whopping $8.5 billion in available stimulus funds.
Operationally, ACORN is a shell game played in 120 cities, 43 states and the District of
Columbia through a complex structure designed to conceal illegal activities, to use
taxpayer and tax-exempt dollars for partisan political purposes, and to distract
investigators. Structurally, ACORN is a chess game in which senior management is
shielded from accountability by multiple layers of volunteers and compensated
employees who serve as pawns to take the fall for every bad act.”
The report that follows presents evidence obtained from former ACORN insiders that
completes the picture of a criminal enterprise.
- First, ACORN has evaded taxes, obstructed justice, engaged in self dealing, and aided and abetted a cover-up of embezzlement by Dale Rathke, the brother of
ACORN founder Wade Rathke.
- Second, ACORN has committed investment fraud, deprived the public of its right to
honest services, and engaged in a racketeering enterprise affecting interstate
- Third, ACORN has committed a conspiracy to defraud the United States by using
taxpayer funds for partisan political activities.
- Fourth, ACORN has submitted false filings to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
and the Department of Labor, in addition to violating the Fair Labor Standards Act
- Fifth, ACORN falsified and concealed facts concerning an illegal transaction
between related parties in violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security
Act of 1974 (ERISA).
Download the full report here.