Despite a slew of independent investigations exonerating ACORN of misdeeds, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed the decision that cutting off ACORN's funding punished ACORN without a trial.
When many non-profits need government funding to do critical work on behalf of the poor, the disenfranchised, or the sick, they become the primary focus of the wrath of the right, especially in a recession.
For years Republicans accused ACORN of corruption and used phony tapes to lead an effort to successfully strip the group of federal funding in 2009. Now, months later, the group has been exonerated from any wrongdoing.
I am beginning to believe that most well-paid liberal journalists, who are unfamiliar with urban issues and what it's like to be poor in a wealthy society, are quick to believe any story about an African-American group screwing up.
The attack on ACORN isn't about ACORN alone. It's an element of a conservative strategy to discredit the Obama administration, destroy organizing capacity among progressives and quiet voices for change.