In early August, an affiliate of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) received another $300,000 in taxpayer funding.
President Barack Obama’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the $300,000 grant to the post-ACORN ally: The Affordable Housing Centers of America (AHCOA). The Obama administration awarded the money despite a 2010 law saying no taxpayer funds could be issued to ACORN “or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, or allied organizations.”
AHCOA was previously named “Acorn Housing Corporation,” a group that did a lot of business with ACORN. Acorn Housing changed its name to AHCOA in late 2009.
The way HUD and the Obama administration justify funding AHCOA is by saying it’s not “affiliated” or “allied” with ACORN. To make their case, the Obama officials rely on a September 29, 2010 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report arguing the case that AHCOA isn’t “affiliated” or “allied” with ACORN.
The GAO argument is that since AHCOA changed its name and cut off official financial ties with ACORN, it’s still legally allowed to receive taxpayer money, as AHCOA is not technically connected with ACORN when applying the legal definition of “affiliated” or “allied.”
This is one more example of the current administration choosing to ignore the laws of the nation and the will of the people.
The government should act immediately to recoup the money illegally obtained by this, and any other “formerly associated with ACORN” organizations which have simply changed their names. I would further suggest that any amount awarded to these organizations by HUD should also be deducted from HUD’s budget as a penalty for their brazen disregard for the law passed in 2010!