Friday, June 17, 2011

GAO On ACORN: A Big Nothing

Hey, remember ACORN, the community group dedicated to helping the poor and marginalized people that was basically driven out of existence by Congress on trumped-up and false evidence by right-wing hatchet men and enabling Democrats? Well, guess what.

A report issued today by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds little to support the charges that led to the demise of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), a grassroots consumer advocacy organization driven out of existence by Congressional critics.

The GAO found that monitoring of awards to ACORN by government agencies generally consisted of reviewing progress reports and making site visits. Of 22 investigations of alleged election and voter registration fraud, most were closed without prosecution, the report found.

One of eight investigations of alleged voter registration fraud resulted in guilty pleas and seven were closed without action due to lack of evidence.

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) reported five closed matters – one resolved, one dismissed and the others dropped after FEC “found no reason to believe the violations occurred.”

At its peak, ACORN was a collection of 1,200 community-based organizations in 100 U.S. cities that advocated for low- and moderate-income families.

In 2009, conservative activists released selectively edited videos claiming to show ACORN employees giving advice on hiding prostitution activities and avoiding taxes.

And yet James O’Keefe and Andrew Breibart are still in business and still the darlings of the so-called liberal media.

Yet again this proves the axiom of modern politics: the charge doesn’t have to be true to be believed. In fact, the more outrageous, the more believable it is. And as the Anthony Weiner story proved, it doesn’t matter how, um, big a deal it is; it just can’t be embarrassing for the Democrats. If it is, you’re on your own.

That’s not a problem for the GOP. They have proved time and again that they are beyond embarrassment.

HT to LGF.