Reps. Issa and Smith Call on Administration to Restore ACORN Funding Ban

April 23, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) and House Committee on the Judiciary Ranking Member Lamar Smith (R-TX) today urged the Obama Administration to revoke its directive allowing the Associated of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) to again receive federal funding after a federal appeals court recently issued an emergency stay of an earlier ruling striking down federal spending prohibitions on ACORN.

“As ACORN undergoes a national rebranding and litigation game to disguise itself and its affiliates, it is imperative that the White House follow the federal court ruling and ensure ACORN and its affiliates receive no taxpayer dollars,” Issa said.

On April 21, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued the emergency stay pending appeal of a March 10 lower court ruling declaring multiple bipartisan congressional spending prohibitions related to ACORN to be unconstitutional bills of attainder.

“Accordingly, it is imperative that the Office of Management and Budget make clear to federal agencies that these spending prohibitions enacted by Congress are again in effect,” Issa and Smith wrote.

Click here to read Issa and Smith’s letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag.

Click here for a copy of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals emergency ruling.

Click here to read April 2010 Oversight Republican report entitled “ACORN Political Machine Tries to Reinvent Itself.”

Click here to read the February 2010 Oversight Republican report entitled “Follow the Money: ACORN, SEIU and their Political Allies.”

Click here to read the July 2009 Oversight Republican report entitled “Is ACORN Intentionally Structured as a Criminal Enterprise?”

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