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Falling for the Far Right's ACORN Agenda

Eric Alterman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Alterman

In this brave new world of anything goes journalism, many in the media have taken up a recent scandal, and the videos it produced, as incontrovertible evidence of ACORN corruption.

Jason Linkins

The Unintended Consequences Of The "Defund ACORN" Act | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The primary rationale -- the only rationale -- behind your representatives' decision in the ACORN matter was to ensure that their electoral hopes don't founder because of a media-driven scandal.

Stand Up For ACORN, Cut Blackwater And Halliburton

Casey Gane-McCalla | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Casey Gane-McCalla

If the government decides to cut funding of organizations due to the actions of low level employees, they must apply the same rules to the GOP's favorite government-funded organizations.

To the Dems Who Voted to 'Defund ACORN': Where is the Defund Blackwater Act?

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeremy Scahill

Democrats have joined Republicans in voting to "Defund ACORN," yet they have done nothing to stop Blackwater's ongoing taxpayer-funded crusade in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Real Reason They Want ACORN to Fail

Will Bunch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Will Bunch

The reality -- that ACORN is an established group with worthy goals and some success but also poor management -- is not what's driving the story. Conservatives want to destroy ACORN and the things it does. Period.

Ryan Grim

GOP FAIL: Congressional Report Says Bill Defunding ACORN Appears Unconstitutional | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Defund Acorn Act is likely to be ruled unconstitutional, the Congressional Research Service says in a report obtained by the Huffington Post, resp...


Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) faced off against Bill O'Reilly tonight over ACORN and the scandal engulfing them. Despite recent meetings in whic...

From ACORN to Van Jones, the Online Rightroots Flexes Its Muscles

Matt Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Matt Lewis

Online success has more to do with passion and intensity than with technological sophistication. And in politics, the outsiders -- not the establishment -- own passion.

ACORN Sues Makers Of Pimp And Prostitute Video

AP | BEN NUCKOLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BALTIMORE — Community activist group ACORN is suing the makers of a hidden-camera video that showed employees of its Baltimore office giving tax...

Entrapping ACORN

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

It is natural for many to shirk away from defending ACORN in light of this footage. But this particular exchange is not just cherry-picked -- it was planted, nurtured, and harvested.

Let ACORN Get Its House in Order

Nan Aron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nan Aron

In the 1980s, conservatives began what they called a campaign to "defund the left," starting with groups such as the Audubon Society and the Urban League. Now they're going after ACORN.

IRS Cuts ACORN Ties Over Pimp/Prostitute Video Scandal

AP | By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics


Ryan Grim

Whoops: Anti-ACORN Bill Ropes In Defense Contractors, Others Charged With Fraud | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Going after ACORN may be like shooting fish in a barrel lately -- but jumpy lawmakers used a bazooka to do it last week and may have blown up some of ...

Before Subprime There Was ACORN

Jerry Chautin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jerry Chautin

Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, known as ACORN, is in the news again and conservative politicians are going for the jugular vein.

Metaphor Madness

Bob Giloth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Giloth

ACORN wrongly gave advice to people who were trying to take advantage of public and private funds for illegal purposes. Were they breaking the law or the public trust? In either case, not Abu Ghraib by a long shot.

Time to Get Real About the ACORN "Controversy"--and Republican Double Standards

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The Right wing has always hated ACORN. Partially that's because the organization has been so effective at allowing poor people to vote. The Right hates it when poor people vote.

Shepard Fairey's Studio Tagged With Anti-ACORN Graffiti

Washington Post | Garance Franke-Ruta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

So much for HOPE. That, at least, is the symbolic message sent by an anti-ACORN activist or group that targeted Studio Number One in Los Angeles, the ...

Pawlenty Moving Further Right To Appease Base

Minnesota Star Tribune | Rachel E. Stassen-Berger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

He just moved to block ACORN funding in Minnesota. Last week, he called fears over so-called death panels "legitimate" and "not irrational," and floa...

The ACORN Vote: House Democrats Just Stuck a Knife in Their President and Party

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

In comparison to all the good ACORN does, the House's action Thursday, specifically the role played by the Democratic majority, is shameful. It's truly incredible that Democrats aided in this travesty.

(VIDEO) Despite News Reports ACORN Housing Did Call Police

Mike Shea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Shea

All ACORN Housing staff members are expected to comply with high standards for ethical behavior and compliance with the law, but the video tape is slanted to misinform the public about ACORN Housing.

Pawlenty Demands State Sever All Ties To ACORN -- But There Are None

Minnesota Star Tribune | Bob Von Sternberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Gov. Tim Pawlenty today joined the chorus of disapproval aimed at the ACORN community organizing group, ordering that state agencies "stop all state f...

House Votes To End Federal Funding For ACORN

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The House voted Thursday to deny all federal funds for ACORN in a GOP-led strike against the scandal-tainted community organizing g...

ACORN Subpoenaed By America's Toughest Sheriff: Federal Funds Allegedly Used For Political Attacks

Dawn Teo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dawn Teo

Arpaio told local reporters Thursday evening, "I have a sneaking suspicion that ACORN is using federal taxpayer dollars to pursue their own agenda because they don't like me."

Charles Hynes, Brooklyn DA, To Lead ACORN Investigation

Newsday | James T. Madore | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

State officials are letting Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes take the lead on investigating ACORN, though state money going to the group has b...

ACORN Orders Independent Investigation

AP | SHARON THEIMER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The community organizing group ACORN said Wednesday it is ordering an independent investigation after its employees were caught on ...