Now, will Dems have the guts to investigate this corruption and misuse of taxpayer dollars? Or do we need to say "culture of corruption" until they do?
In the wake of the ACORN child prostitution/tax fraud and illegal immigrant smuggling video sting new attention has focused on the corrupt organization that reveals the rot goes much deeper than a few bad apples.
Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) is the Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee and has been looking into the matter. On the Senate Committee web site he posts a report from the Committee's Tax Staff which is dynamite.
The Grassley Report calls ACORN a "big shell game" in which charities "are being used to raise monies which are then funneled to other charities or to other organizations for purposes other than what the donor may have intended. . . . Dollars raised for charitable [purposes] appear to be used for impermissible lobbing and political activity."
As someone who monitored grants for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency I can tell you what huge red flag that last statement is. It's not just a no-no, it may be a violation of federal law.
ACORN is set up in such a way to make it difficult to trace money through the various subsidiaries, dozens of which are registered to an address of an abandoned funeral home in New Orleans. It's like something out of a James Bond film where the villains are hiding their true identity.
The Washington Post ran a story on Grassley's report Friday. It's doubtful the rest of the mainstream media will pick up the issue. Thus far, they've been more inclined to sweep any report of corruption that might touch Obama far under the rug.