An organization affiliated with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) received a new cash infusion from U.S. taxpayers in early September, amounting to $350,000.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the Affordable Housing Centers of America (AHCOA) $350,000 in early September. This newly discovered funding is in addition to the $300,000 AHCOA secured in August, as The Daily Caller reported last week.
The new grant was part of a $10 million HUD funding package announced on September 2. Unlike the $300,000 from early August, HUD specifically awarded this $350,000 to AHCOA Pennsylvania, a local affiliate of the national group based in Chicago.
Critics say each time the Obama administration funds an ACORN-related group, greater sums of money are involved and the result is more troubling.
“HUD’s September 2, 2011 grant obligation is the latest instance of federal dollars being improperly steered to an entity with a history of financial mismanagement and election activities paid for by the American taxpayer,” Freedom Through Justice Foundation executive director Dan Epstein told TheDC.
“In just the past year, AHCOA’s receipts from HUD have gone from $80,000 to $300,000 to $350,000; it’s a short matter of time before AHCOA is receiving several million dollars per year of taxpayer dollars,” Epstein adds.
In September 2009, Congress passed a law banning federal funding of ACORN and its affiliates, allies and subsidiaries. ACORN challenged the federal government’s authority to ban its funding, but the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled against the activist group, upholding the federal law.
In June of this year the Supreme Court declined to hear ACORN’s appeal of the Second Circuit Court’s ruling, refusing toconsider overturning the lower court’s ruling.
AHCOA was previously named “Acorn Housing Corporation” and conducted business with ACORN itself before changing its name in late 2009.
Until the end of August, AHCOA’s website boasted that it was “formerly Acorn Housing Corporation.” The organization has since removed that historical note from the site, but still boasts about having existed “since 1985” in some press releases.