SLF CALLS FOR ‘DISENGAGEMENT’ FROM ACORN FOR 2010 CENSUS
AS EVIDENCE MOUNTS OF ONGOING LEGAL TROUBLES
(September 10, 2009/ATLANTA): Southeastern Legal Foundation (SLF) today called on the Obama White House and congressional leaders to “disengage from the process under way that would empower ACORN to do the job of census-takers in fulfilling the constitutional mandate of the decennial Census.” SLF continues its national involvement in the Census issue (see below).
Pointing to the disclosure this week that six ACORN-affiliated individuals in south Florida were arrested – and five more are being sought for arrest – for falsifying nearly 900 voter registration forms in 2008 as a “continuing strategy of deception and manipulation of our constitutional processes,” Shannon Goessling, SLF executive director and chief legal counsel, warned that “calling on ACORN to help increase the accuracy of the Census head count is the equivalent of asking Bernard Madoff to oversee new financial regulations.”
Southeastern Legal Foundation, which won a landmark 1999 U.S. Supreme Court decision banning the use of so-called ‘statistical sampling’ for the 2000 Census proposed by the Clinton administration (Glavin v. Clinton), has filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with the U.S. Commerce Department and the Obama White House to identify new programs that seek to use statistical sampling for the 2010 Census. SLF has also responded to requests from the congressional Census Task Force. “If necessary, we intend to go back to court to enforce the U.S. Supreme Court mandate against this central threat to representative democracy,” said Goessling.
“By employing ACORN to ‘assist’ on the front-end actual enumeration head count mandated by the U.S. Constitution for the 2010 Census, the Obama administration will guarantee controversy that has never been part of the census-taking process in our nation’s history,” Goessling added.
ACORN’s history of legal controversies runs deep, as detailed in a recent report issued by the GOP members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, quoted and highlighted below:
“The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) has repeatedly and deliberately engaged in systemic fraud,” according to the report’s executive summary. “Both structurally and operationally, ACORN hides behind a paper wall of nonprofit corporate protections to conceal a criminal conspiracy on the part of its directors, to launder federal money in order to pursue a partisan political agenda and to manipulate the American electorate. Emerging accounts of widespread deceit and corruption raise the need for a criminal investigation of ACORN.
ACORN has evaded taxes, obstructed justice, engaged in self dealing, and aided and abetted a cover-up of the $948.607.50 embezzlement by Dale Rathke, the brother of ACORN founder Wade Rathke.
ACORN has committed investment fraud, deprived the public of its right to honest services, and engaged in a racketeering enterprise affecting interstate commerce.
ACORN has committed a conspiracy to defraud the United States by using taxpayer funds for partisan political activities.
ACORN has submitted false filings to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of Labor, in addition to violating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
ACORN falsified and concealed facts concerning an illegal transaction between related parties in violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).”