You remember ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, right? According to its Wikipedia entry, it “advocated for low- and moderate-income families by working on neighborhood safety, voter registration, health care, affordable housing, and other social issues. At its peak ACORN had over 500,000 members and more than 1,200 neighborhood chapters in over 100 cities across the U.S.”
It also became the target of right-wing fury because it helped people who voted for Barack Obama, and in 2009 it was targeted by James O’Keefe, convicted felon, in a heavily edited video that accused it of “voter fraud.” Thanks to the negative publicity, ACORN went out of business in 2010 and the Orcosphere won.
But just to be sure that it was dead, Congress under the GOP whooped through legislation that specifically forbid ACORN from ever doing anything again, and they’re so afraid of it that to this day they still require anyone who gets a federal grant to swear on the soul of Robert Taft that they won’t touch ACORN, even though it is dead and buried. Here’s what is included in a grant award notice received from the Department of Justice in October 2014:
Recipient understands and agrees that it cannot use any federal funds, either directly or indirectly, in support of any contract or subaward to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) or its subsidiaries, without the express prior written approval of OJP.
ACORN has been dead for four years now, but the wingnuts are so afraid of it that they still include this shit.
The power of the people must really scare them.