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Smear: The American Recovery And Reinvestment Act Gave Billions Of Dollars To ACORN

September 17, 2009 9:50 am ET

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 does not mention ACORN or otherwise single it out for funding. ACORN itself has said that it is ineligible for the funds and has no plans to apply for them.

Smear

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act gave billions of dollars to ACORN. 

Sources

Rush Limbaugh:

Do you know that in the Obama stimulus package, $4.19 billion is going to ACORN? Obama's community organizing -- you -- would somebody tell me what the stimulus is in that?

Oh, it's not called "ACORN," it's called "neighborhood stabilization programs." Now, would somebody explain to me what in the name of Sam Hill -- and there was a Sam Hill, I looked it up -- would somebody explain to me what in the name of Sam Hill $4.19 billion to a voter-fraud organization has to do with stimulus? I'll tell you what's going on here. We, ladies and gentlemen, we are funding Obama and the Democrat [sic] Party's army on the street. We are funding the forces of the Democrat [sic] Party's re-election.

Glenn Beck:

Who organized the bus tours of the homes of AIG executives so they could protest and scare the daylights out of their kids? It was ACORN. They're not really helping those who have been locked out. It's about helping those that help them.

This is a power grab. By including ACORN, or groups like them, in the stimulus package, we have guaranteed them billions of dollars to buy more votes for the party that helps them the most. Just as this is seed money for the Democratic votes, the auto bailout will help the party flourish for years to come.

 National Republican Congressional Committee (via The Hill):

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) suggested Democrats are using the troubled economy as a way to advance their own social agenda, citing the liberal grassroots group ACORN and others as beneficiaries of the stimulus package.

"Spare us the phony press releases," said NRCC communications director Ken Spain. "So far the Democrats' idea of 'protecting the middle class' has consisted of taxpayer-funded contraceptives and billions of dollars in ACORN-stuffed pork.

"It's hard to decipher which is the most fraudulent notion -- the fact that ACORN is a law-abiding entity worthy of a $4.2 billion bailout or that $1.1 trillion in out-of-control government spending is going to defy the experts and have some sort of immediate effect on the economy," Spain said.

Americans For Limited Government (via the San Francisco Chronicle):

 A Virginia advocacy group called Americans for Limited Government is pressuring moderate Democrats to vote against the stimulus bill, listing $4.19 billion that it said would go to the liberal housing activist group ACORN, $200 million for beautification of the National Mall and other items.

Yet spokesman Carter Clew laughed at the idea that Republicans would kill the whole bill. "We're not quite that ambitious," he said. "The idea is just to limit it some."

[Sources: The Rush Limbaugh Show, 1/27/2009; Glenn Beck, 5/6/2009; The Hill, 1/27/2009; San Francisco Chronicle, 1/27/2009]

Truth

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 does not mention ACORN or otherwise single it out for funding. Republicans have pointed to a provision in the act that would appropriate $2 billion for "emergency assistance for the redevelopment of abandoned and foreclosed homes, as authorized under division B, title III of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 [...] That additional award criteria for such competitions shall include demonstrated grantee capacity to execute projects, leveraging potential, concentration of investment to achieve neighborhood stabilization." The bill does not mention ACORN or otherwise single it out for funding. [Source: Media Matters for America, 5/6/2009]

ACORN itself has said that it is ineligible for the funds and has no plans to apply for them. After House Minority Leader John Boehner's (R-OH) office issued press releases claiming that the recovery bill "makes groups like ACORN eligible for a $4.19 billion pot of money for 'neighborhood stabilization activities,' " ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis stated in a press release that "[w]e have not received neighborhood stabilization funds, have no plans to apply for such funds, and didn't weigh in on the pending rule changes." On January 29, Lewis wrote at the Huffington Post: "[L]et's be clear. ACORN isn't getting any of this money. Since it is set aside for non-profit housing developers to help purchase, rehab, and resell foreclosed properties, we aren't eligible for it in the first place." [Source: ACORN press release, 1/28/2009; Huffington Post, 1/29/2009]

 



 


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