Are you ready? Get this: they are suing Congress to get our money back! Isn't that hysterical??? Wait - hold on a second - I am getting word that is NOT a joke, that this is, in fact, true, ACORN Sues Over 'Unconstitutional' Funding Cuts By Congress. Oh, sweet mother you have GOT to be kidding!
Yeah, no - this is what ACORN alleges:
In an attempt to regain the millions in funding it lost in the wake of a hidden-camera scandal, ACORN is suing the federal government over congressional legislation that cut off funding to the community organizing group.
Representatives for ACORN sued the federal government Thursday morning in an attempt to regain the millions of dollars in funding the community organizing group lost after filmmakers videotaped its workers offering advice on how to commit tax fraud and various other felonies.
The suit charges Congress with violating the Constitution when it passed legislation in September that specifically targeted ACORN to lose federal housing, education and transportation funds.
That qualifies the legislation as bills of attainder, according to the Center for Constitutional Rights, which filed the suit on behalf of ACORN. A bill of attainder punishes a person or group without the benefit of a trial, and is illegal under Article 1 of the Constitution.
Bills of attainder have traditionally been understood to have more serious legal consequences -- including the seizure of private property and even capital punishment -- than Congress' decision to withhold funds that are at its discretion to disseminate. Though members of Congress have accused ACORN of corruption, it is not clear how the exercise of its own prerogative is outside the bounds of legislative power.
Critics of the group in Congress blasted the lawsuit as a last-ditch effort to save the foundering organization's bottom line.
"ACORN's baseless lawsuit is the first public acknowledgement we've seen from ACORN of just how desperate they are to use any mechanism available to subsidize an organization that is teetering on bankruptcy and financial insolvency," said Kurt Bardella, spokesman for Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.
I'll say this is baseless. What the hell makes them think they, a partisan organization, are entitled to OUR money? I am pretty sure that taxpayers do NOT have to subsidize partisan groups or political parties with which they disagree. Never mind the activities in which ACORN has been involved, like voter registration fraud, voter fraud, or who could forget those videos:
Congress began cracking down on its funding to ACORN after its employees were secretly videotaped in a number of cities offering to help a man and woman posing as a pimp and prostitute to lie to the IRS and acquire illegal home loans.
Footage showed staffers advising the "pimp" and "prostitute" on how to falsify tax forms and seek illegal benefits for 13 "very young" girls from El Salvador that the pair said they wanted to bring to the country to work as child prostitutes. The videos set off a firestorm in Congress.
ACORN pledged an internal inquiry and fired the staffers who were caught on tape, but it was only the latest of many legal troubles for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.
State investigators raided ACORN offices in Louisiana last week, seizing computer hard drives and documents in a probe of alleged embezzlement and tax fraud. Staffers in multiple states have been accused of committing voter registration fraud.
Congress took the "prostitute" videos as clear evidence of systematic problems within ACORN and voted with bipartisan support in the House and Senate to freeze funding for the group in appropriations bills in September.
Yes, those funds are frozen now, though they could be reinstated in the coming year budget. Well, until ACORN decided to file this lawsuit. Not so smart on the timing, I'd say. But hey, whaddya I know? They're claiming their "contstitutional rights" are being trampled:
Thursday's lawsuit claims that Congress violated the right to due process enshrined in the Fifth Amendment -- declaring the group guilty of a crime and punishing its members without completing an investigation within the Department of Justice or the IRS.
"It's not the job of Congress to be the judge, jury, and executioner," said Jules Lobel, an attorney representing the Center for Constitutional Rights.
"We have due process in this country, and our Constitution forbids lawmakers from singling out a person or group for punishment without a fair investigation and trial."
The lawsuit itself singles out three defendants -- Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner; Director of the Office of Management and the Budget Peter Orszag, and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan.
The three were responsible for facilitating the defunding of ACORN by Congress, according to attorneys for the Center for Constitutional Rights.
ACORN claims it has been badly hurt by the congressional actions, and has had to fire workers and close some of its 1,200 branches around the country.
Though it remains unclear precisely how much money the national organization was receiving from federal sources and aid programs, a lawyer pressing the suit said ACORN has already lost an amount "in the millions" since the freeze took effect.
Why is it the amount of money they have received is unclear? Just wondering.
But if the voter fraud, the voter registration fraud, the mortgage crisis thanks in large part to ACORN and those who support it, and those VIDEOS aren't enough, check out THIS LINK. In it, you will find an audio tape and transcript of an ACORN worker acknowledging that they are indeed partisan, and worked to get Obama into office, as well as how every vote they got went to Obama, none to McCain. Oh, yeah, I am not kidding. This is an astonishing admission.
Add to that the raid on the New Orleans office, and what that is bound to turn up, and I'd think ACORN would want to shut the hell up already before they end up behind bars. But that's not their way. No doubt, they assume their "Friends in High Places" (i.e., Obama) will look out for them.
Obama's new legal counsel, Bob Bauer, husband to Anita Dunn (she of "Fox News Is The Devil Spawn" fame), is expected to do just that, according to Rep. Steve King (R-NY). Rep. King is afraid Bauer's deeply partisan ties will lead to letting ACORN off the hook. They might also allow this frivolous lawsuit (IMHO - I am not an attorney) to proceed.
We'll see what happens. This would be hilarious - if it wasn't true...