Barney Frank is at it again. Last year, Frank passed a bill in the House for a $4 billion slush fund that the corrupt left-win activist organization known as ACORN could have applied to for taxpayer funds. Frank was forced by the Senate to accept a provision barring taxpayer funds to organizations and employees of organizations, such as ACORN, that have been indicted for voter fraud. This year, with increased Liberal majorities in the House and Senate, Frank made sure ACORN remained eligible for funds from the Stimulus Bill. Now, Frank, the Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, is using a mortgage reform bill due to be voted on this week to add another $180 million for “counseling” and “legal services” for people with mortgage problems. This time he ran up against Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN), a member of his committee. Citing numerous charges of voter fraud and tax violations against ACORN in a number of states, Bachmann proposed an amendment with the same language as last year’s law. Afraid of a debate and committee vote, Frank cut off debate and accepted the Bachmann amendment. Apparently this did not sit well with Franks’ left-wing friends because just hours later he announced he would try to gut the amendment when the bill is voted on by the whole House.
TAKE ACTION NOW! GO HERE AND TELL Rep. John F. Tierney TO OPPOSE THE FRANK AMENDMENT TO H.R. 1728, THE MORTGAGE REFORM ACT
This is a rare opportunity to put every member of the House of Representatives on record as to where they stand on ACORN. Normally, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi could prevent a vote on the Bachmann provision but they are forced to have a vote because the provision is already in the bill and they want it out.
Frank claimed he made a ‘mistake’ in accepting the Bachmann amendment and that he believes barring people under indictment from taxpayer funds is “a violation of the principles of due process”. Instead of proposing to eliminate the Bachmann provision outright, Frank is proposing to rewrite it to make ACORN eligible for funds. ‘Indictment’ would be changed to ‘conviction’ and ‘senior employees’ would have to be the ones convicted. This would make the provision meaningless.
ACORN, claiming to be a legitimate “community organizing and counseling” organization has a long record of abusing tax and voting laws. According to recent testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, ACORN has been under investigation in some states for, among other things:
“Violations of the Internal Revenue Code as a 501(c)(3) charitable and educational organization for intervening in partisan campaign activities;”
“Violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (FECA) which prohibits expenditures by non-profit corporations, including ACORN and Project Vote, that are made in coordination with, at the request, behest, suggestion or with the material involvement of a federal campaign; and”
“Fraudulent voter registration activities, failure to comply with state law in voter registration drives, absence of quality control and training, and the internal procedures as to how ACORN responds to allegations of illegality.”
GO HERE AND SEND AN EMAIL TO URGE Rep. John F. Tierney TO TAKE A STAND AGAINST ACORN BY VOTING AGAINST THE FRANK AMENDMENT
The about face by a powerful committee chairman shows how much influence corrupt left-wing organizations like ACORN have gained in this Congress. Each member of the House must know their constituents will be watching their vote on this amendment. In introducing this amendment, Congresswoman Bachmann asked the question, “Whose side are we on, the taxpayer or ACORN?
LET YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS KNOW RIGHT HERE THAT YOU WANT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TO BE ON THE SIDE OF THE TAXPAYER BY VOTING ‘NO’ ON THE FRANK AMENDMENT
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