It’s hard to know who should be more embarrassed by revelations about the radical group ACORN — the mainstream media or the politicians who have funneled taxpayer dollars to the group for years?
It took two amateur 20-something filmmakers to do what ABC, NBC and CBS couldn’t or wouldn’t: expose an ongoing, taxpayer-funded criminal enterprise.
These intrepid filmmakers have now supplied video of four ACORN offices providing detailed instructions on how to defraud the government in furtherance of child prostitution and human trafficking.
And, congratulations to the 345 members of the House who voted Thursday to defund ACORN. But, there’s more work to do.
What’s most shameful for Washington about this whole sordid affair is that this is not ACORN’s first documented violation of the law. It has a long history of engaging in voter fraud. Seventy ACORN staffers in 12 states have been convicted of voter registration fraud.
And the reason ACORN has continued to receive taxpayer funding despite these convictions — $54 million since 1994 — is the politicians whose “community-organizing activities” it has served. Although it exists on paper to connect low-income families with affordable housing and social services, ACORN is in fact the political dirty-tricks muscle of liberal Democrats.
Operating under a variety of names and both tax-exempt and non-tax-exempt legal structures, ACORN, according to a recent House report, engages in “a criminal conspiracy … to launder federal money in order to pursue a partisan political agenda and to manipulate the American public.”
The excuse offered by ACORN’s remaining defenders is essentially this: Sure, the tapes are reprehensible, but otherwise, ACORN does good work in poor communities.
Americans can no longer allow Washington to turn a blind eye — much less fund — an organization that uses the suffering of our most vulnerable citizens as a cover for its illegal and illicit activities.
Just defunding ACORN isn’t enough. Americans deserve to know exactly what laws have been bent and broken, and what politicians have benefited. Attorney General Eric Holder should follow the lead of at least 14 states and launch a federal investigation.
Thanks to two courageous young filmmakers, it’s no longer possible for liberals and their allies in the media to cry “vast right-wing conspiracy!” in response to damning revelations about ACORN. The evidence is right there, in living color. If Democrats aren’t embarrassed enough to do something about it, I have no doubt the American people will.