A Judicial Watch Victory Against ACORN
Thursday, September 17, 2009
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Immediately after taking office, the Obama administration’s Census Bureau “partnered” with ACORN for the 2010 Census! But on September 11, under direct pressure from Judicial Watch’s investigations and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, the Director of the U.S. Census Bureau officially severed its ties with ACORN.
In his letter to ACORN, Census Director Robert Groves wrote:
“It is clear that ACORN’s affiliation with the 2010 census promotion has caused sufficient public concern in the general public…and may even become a discouragement to public cooperation, negatively impacting 2010 census efforts.”
This reversal of course by the Census Bureau was a stunning about-face by the Obama administration and a tribute to Judicial Watch’s efforts going back to get to the truth about the scandalous ties between ACORN, the Census Bureau and the Obama administration!
The Obama administration had tried to downplay the ACORN-Census connection — calling the allegations “baseless.” But we persisted and Judicial Watch obtained smoking gun documents through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that showed that the Census Bureau offered ACORN the opportunity to “recruit Census workers” who would participate in the count.
Moreover, as an “executive level” partner, ACORN would have had the ability to “organize and/or serve as a member on a Complete Count Committee,” which, according to Census documents, helps “develop and implement locally based outreach and recruitment campaigns.”
Our document release resulted in public outrage and an avalanche of negative publicity for both ACORN and the Census Bureau.
Fortunately, due in large part to Judicial Watch’s groundbreaking work in exposing the links between ACORN, the Obama administration and the Census Bureau, we derailed ACORN’s “partnership” in the 2010 census.
But that’s just the beginning.
This victory is just the first step in exposing the corruption that lies at the heart of ACORN…and its role in advancing the radical, Big Government policies of Barack Obama and his administration!
The tragic fact of the matter is that Chicago-style politics has found a new home in the White House.
And nowhere is that more evident than in the frightening alliance between ACORN and the Obama administration!
So with your help, and the help of Judicial Watch members around the nation, we’re on the case…and we are going to fight and expose the connections between the radical ACORN and our ACORN President - Barack Obama.
In recent months we have issued a flurry of FOIA requests to get key documents from:
- The U.S. Department of Justice — about charges of ACORN voter registration fraud and other corruption.
- The FBI — about charges of ACORN crimes and corporate extortion.
- The U.S. Department of the Treasury — to reveal any bailout money given to ACORN.
- U.S. Customs and Immigration Services — to uncover federal funds given to ACORN, including grants used to assist illegal immigrants.
- The Department of Homeland Security — to assess national security concerns raised by ACORN activities.
- The National Labor Relations Board - to get information on dozens of labor complaints reportedly filed against ACORN.
In fact, Judicial Watch has filed over two dozen FOIA requests regarding allegations of ACORN misconduct with various federal agencies.
And that’s why I ask for your support today.
Our exposure of ACORN’s links to Barack Obama should be America’s wake up call to the real “change” President Obama and his Chicago cronies want for our beloved nation. The Obama administration’s ACORN shenanigans are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this administration’s commitment to imposing its radical agenda on our nation!
That’s why I am asking you to make your most generous tax-deductible contribution now to Judicial Watch.
Your gift to Judicial Watch now will enable us to acquire even more “secret” government documents about ACORN links with the Obama administration…even if it means fighting this administration in court.
ACORN is on the run. The U.S. Senate recently acted to cut some of their government funding. Conservative journalists have caught ACORN workers red-handed trying to advise undercover reporters on how to evade taxes, immigration, AND child prostitution laws! And your Judicial Watch helped force the Census Bureau to cut its ties with this radical organization. But ACORN is not going to disappear.
You have to remember that President Obama is their former lawyer! And they have leftist supporters throughout his administration and in Congress.
Our FOIA investigations are beginning to run into stonewalling from the Obama administration. Over the next several days, we will be making decisions as to whether to file one or more federal lawsuits to get documents on ACORN. Your donation is the best way of saying: “Yes, Judicial Watch! I want you to go to court if necessary to get at the truth about ACORN.”
Please let me hear from you and, please make your most generous gift now to Judicial Watch. Thank you.
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