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False Numbers: ACORN Gets Plum Census Assignment
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:14 PM :: 3845 Views :: National News, Ethics
by Rory Cooper, Heritage Foundation 

Remember ACORN? The Association of Community Organizations for Reform (ACORN), which has been plagued by allegations of voter fraud and abuse? It appears the chips just keep getting cashed in for the group that President Barack Obama once counseled as an attorney. First it was discovered that they were going to literally ‘cash in’ on the $800 Billion “Stimulus” bill that lawmakers ensured would give them access to hundreds of millions of dollars. Not really the ’stimulus’ people were expecting. Then it was discovered that the White House and Congressional leaders were pushing for a new ‘Fairness Doctrine’ at the behest of ACORN.

Now we learn that President Obama has recruited them as “National Partners” to the 2010 U.S. Census. Remember the Census? The Census was one of the reasons Senator Judd Gregg withdrew his name from consideration for Commerce Secretary after he learned the White House would be moving the ‘non-partisan’ agency under the control of the ‘ultra-partisan’ White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

It appears the Senator’s worst fears didn’t even come close to the tragic reality. As Fox News reports, ACORN’s “partnership with the 2010 Census is worrisome to lawmakers who say past allegations of fraud should raise concerns about the organization.”

Congresswoman Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), vice ranking member of the subcommittee for the U.S. Census told Fox News:

It’s a concern, especially when you look at all the different charges of voter fraud. And it’s not just the lawmakers’ concern. It should be the concern of every citizen in the country. We want an enumeration. We don’t want to have any false numbers.

A concern indeed. Let’s hope the Census Bureau doesn’t use the same system the same system states use to register voters.

RELATED: Fox News

ACORN, which claims to be a non-partisan grassroots community organization of low- and moderate-income people, came under fire in 2007 when Washington State filed felony charges against several paid ACORN employees and supervisors for more than 1,700 fraudulent voter registrations. In March 2008, an ACORN worker in Pennsylvania was sentenced for making 29 phony voter registration forms. The group's activities were frequently questioned in the 2008 presidential election.

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