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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

From Politico.........ACORN......

.........My thoughts in Italics.......

Any successful efforts by Congress to cut off federal funding to scandal-plagued ACORN would have little effect on the community organizing group’s overall operations, its chief executive officer said on Tuesday.

“We didn’t have government funding for years,” said ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis. “We may not have government funding in the future.”

Lewis said ACORN typically receives about $2.5 million to $3 million annually from the federal government – roughly 10 percent of its $20 million to $25 million annual budget. Member dues and private sources make up a much larger chunk of the budget, she said........$20 Million?....for Community Organizing? The Grass must have Deep Roots....

After a series of undercover videos surfaced showing ACORN employees giving advice to conservative activists posing as a prostitute and a pimp, opponents in Congress have sought to cut the group’s sources of federal money.

In recent weeks, both the U.S. Census Bureau and the Internal Revenue Service have also ended partnerships with ACORN.........Thank Goodness....

But Lewis, who spoke Tuesday at Washington’s National Press Club, called the congressional actions a case of “modern day ACORN McCarththyism,” and she dismissed a report by the Republican staff of the Senate Finance Committee alleging that ACORN used some charitable funding for political purposes.....Oh Jeez, I Love that statement. "McCartyism" truly is a modern day Cuss-word, and rightly so, except that it seems to me that Ms. Lewis should have thought that one out a bit better. Didn't McCartyism root out Communists? Well....maybe it is McCartyism....

Last month, the group suspended new intakes to its service programs throughout the country, pending the results of an independent review led by former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger.......Go Scotty!!!

Lewis, who said her remarks were part of a “set-the-record-straight tour,” said the group would continue to pursue a lawsuit against the makers of the videos as well as the conservative Web site, Breitbart.com, where they first appeared.......Waaaaaah! Somebody showed us to be Naughty....Let's sue them!!!! Never admit fault...just point the finger at your accuser....

“Just because we were embarrassed by these highly edited tapes,” Lewis said, “doesn’t mean that these people didn’t break the law in order to embarrass and attack the organization.” Whuuuuh? Highly edited, Ok...so your Community Organizers WEREN'T giving advice on Human Slavery and Prostitution? Those words were edited into their mouths??? Oh, now I get it.....

Still, Lewis acknowledged that when she watched the clips, “it made my stomach turn over – it just made you sick.”.......At how someone just cooked her Golden Goose, perhaps?.....

The Website’s founder, Andrew Breitbart, could not be reached for comment. But in appearance on Fox News last month he called the lawsuit “an attempt to stifle free speech and the First Amendment.” ......And howzabout Whistle Blowing?

Lewis also denied fresh allegations revealed in connection with an investigation of ACORN in Louisiana that Dale Rathke, brother of ACORN founder Wade Rathke, embezzled as much as $5 million from the organization.

The amount of missing money was just under $1 million, according to Lewis, who said the higher figure was “completely false and not based on any documentation or any audit other than two disgruntled former board members.” ....Oh My Friggin' Goodness...THAT makes it OK...it wasn't "as much as $5 million, it was ONLY $1 million.....So that's not embezzling?.....

On Tuesday, Lewis wistfully recalled her own years as community organizer and said that she planned to continue serving as CEO of ACORN for at least another year.....and Personally? I figure it will take that much time for the Federal Indictments....then she or at least a few of her well paid Volunteers in Community Activism can spend their next few years at Club Fed.....

Read more: RIGHT HERE

It makes Ms. Lewis "sick". Not as much as Me.....

Wollf.....where's a Super Squirrel when you need one?

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