Reports


July 23, 2009
Is ACORN Intentionally Structured As A Criminal Enterprise?

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.

July 22, 2009
Justice or Avarice: The Misuse of Litigation to Harm Consumers

The problem is not arbitration. The problems consumers face in debt collection arbitration have nothing to do with arbitration. Arbitration provides a service; if businesses use that service and customers are injured as a result, the remedy is to target those businesses, not dispute resolution providers.

July 1, 2009
The Role of Government Affordable Housing Policy in Creating the Global Financial Crisis of 2008

Ironically, some of these same Washington officials were, all too recently, advocates of the very mortgage lending policies that led to economic turmoil.

May 11, 2009
Census History: Counting Every Person Once, Only Once and in the Right Place

This report details the results of a historical analysis of attempted political manipulation of the Census spanning a timeline from before the U.S. Constitution was ratified to the present. The overall conclusion of this analysis is that the political manipulation of the Census or within the Census Bureau has consistently rejected throughout the course of American history.

April 28, 2009
Comprehensive Staff Analysis of the Economic Impact of the Waxman/Markey Cap-and-Trade Legislation

Cap-and-trade is a regressive tax: Cap-and-trade is the largest tax increase proposal since the income tax. According to the Congressional Budget Office, cap-and-trade would cost the average American household an extra $1,600 per year.

April 15, 2009
De-Targeting the Stimulus: States Diverting Medicaid Funds Away from Helping Poor, Protecting Health Care Job

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provided $87 billion to states to support their Medicaid programs. However, early reports indicate that instead of using the stimulus funds to supplement state Medicaid spending to protect medical services and healthcare service jobs, some states are effectively diverting Medicaid stimulus funds for non-healthcare related purposes.

March 19, 2009
Friends of Angelo: Countrywide’s Systematic and Successful Effort to Buy Influence and Block Reform

With Countrywide-originated loans serving as fuel and Government-Sponsored Enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac acting as a furnace, the alliance of the companies created an enormous fire that eventually consumed the American economy.

February 10, 2009
Doubling the National Park Service’s Annual Appropriation – The Unique Influence of the National Parks Conservation Association

The National Parks Conservation Association’s influence is on the rise. As the chief outside advocate for the National Park Service, the Association wield considerable clout in the appropriations process.