The Internal Revenue Service has now severed ties with ACORN, stating it would no longer include ACORN in its volunteer tax assistance program, which offered free tax advice to about 3 million low- and moderate-income tax filers this spring. “It is absolutely critical that taxpayers have trust in our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program partners,” the IRS said in a statement obtained by The Hill. “In light of recent events, the IRS has decided to terminate its relationship with ACORN.” Interestingly, ACORN’s Bertha Lewis insists that it was ACORN who severed the ties, and not the IRS, despite today’s press release from the IRS which states the opposite.
The Director of the U.S Census Bureau has sent a letter to the national headquarters of ACORN, notifying the organization that the census bureau has decided to sever all ties with ACORN. The group will not be permitted to participate in the 2010 census activities.
A copy of the letter has also been delivered to the US Congress. News outlets are awaiting a copy of the letter, and I will post it as soon as it’s available.
This news comes after the breaking stories and videos yesterday and today from James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles, posing as a prostitute and her boyfriend running for Congress, exposing ACORN’s practices of willingly counseling people on how to break the law and cheat the system to obtain housing loans and tax credits.
Employees from ACORN were ultimately fired in both the Baltimore and now the Washington DC offices over the incidents.
Additionally, 11 more workers were arrested this week by the FBI and Florida Police, after being accused of falsifying almost 900 voter registration cards in Miami-Dade County last year. This was just the latest in a string of incidents and filings. It’s still not even the tip of the iceberg in comparison to the shell game ACORN has been playing with taxpayer dollars through “donations” to 527 organizations. Donating or spending funds for partisan causes is illegal for groups like ACORN, which are restricted to non-partisan activities under IRS regulations for groups receiving federal funds and grants. But ACORN seems to have been skirting those rules by apparently funneling those funds instead through 527s organizations, a practice which Congress and the Justice Department have to date refused to investigate. But any average citizen looking at publicly available financial reports would easily draw the conclusion themselves…
Let’s see what Congress does now. Probably nothing. If so, it’s again time for our voices (and votes) to be heard.
Download PDF of the letter from the Director of the U.S. Census Bureau to ACORN