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ALG Condemns the House of Representatives for Voting to Fund "Criminal Enterprise" ACORN 

"The House had an opportunity to hold ACORN accountable

and make it ineligible for funding, but instead it has joined the enterprise

that can only be called criminal."-ALG President Bill Wilson


May 8th, 2009, Fairfax, VA-Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today strongly condemned the House of Representatives for voting to allow Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) to receive federal funding under the "Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act."


"Without pause, the House breathlessly continues to fund a criminal enterprise," said Wilson. "Only in Washington does an organization get funded on Thursday that was indicted for 39 felony counts on Monday."


Spurred on by Nevada charges against ACORN, Wilson on Tuesday called upon House Minority Leader John Boehner to immediately convene hearings investigating the organization for "continuing a nationwide effort to corrupt federal, state, and local elections."


Wilson also called for an immediate freeze in the disbursement of federal funds to ACORN.


"There is no excuse this outrage. The only explanation for voting to give money to this racket is that House Democrats are deep in the pocket of ACORN," said Wilson.


The vote making the ACORN Housing Corporation (AHC) eligible for funding was 245-176.


Wilson also cited ACORN Housing Corporation's troubled history in giving out cheap mortgages as playing a role in weakening credit standards. "The ACORN Housing Corporation has been one of the principal backers of the irresponsible loose-lending policies including the Community Reinvestment Act, and has a history of strong-arming banks into handing out high-risk loans to low-income recipients."


"To make matters worse, ACORN gave out loans without using credit scores as well as100-percent financed loans, and even accepted undocumented income," Wilson added.


ACORN was made eligible for more than $3 billion under the $787 billion "stimulus" spending bill, and $5.5 billion from the 2010 budget. Since 1994, ACORN has received at least $53 million from American taxpayers, according to the Washington Examiner.


ACORN is also currently eligible for over $500 million of an "affordable housing fund" created under the $300 billion Foreclosure Prevention Act passed this past summer, and according to the Consumer Rights League receives some 40 percent of its funding from taxpayers annually.


Congress' vote to fund ACORN came only days after Nevada State Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto brought criminal charges against the organization and two former employees for voter registration fraud. The state says that the organization published a handbook and constructed policies setting up a quota system to register voters.


"By structuring employment and compensation around a quota system, ACORN facilitated voter registration fraud," Masto said. "In Nevada, it is unlawful for a person to provide compensation for registering voters that is based on the total number of voters a person registers."


ACORN has been under investigation for voter fraud in several swing states, including Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Missouri, and has a long history of such fraud in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, Michigan, Wisconsin, and New Mexico. Americans for Limited government last year released the following executive summary of its activities.


"The most recent charges in Nevada are not just an isolated incident," Wilson said. "These efforts have been concerted and coordinated for years to steal elections, boost urban representation, and weaken the nation's political institutions."


Wilson noted that the Census Bureau is enlisting the aid of ACORN in counting the 2010 census. "Taken together, it is obvious that the registration efforts, the census participation, and the Congressional funding are all connected," said Wilson. He said it was "like a pay-to-play scandal, but this is even worse."


"This is actually an elaborate, coordinated national effort to finance a criminal enterprise devoted to conjuring and developing fraudulent constituencies at taxpayer expense," Wilson explained. "And it must come to an end."


"The House had an opportunity to hold ACORN accountable and make it ineligible for funding, but instead it has joined the enterprise that can only be called criminal," Wilson concluded.



DHHS Supports Mother’s Trying to Quit Tobacco

Shrink-Wrapped Vehicle Will Bring Message of Help to Priority Population


Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) is announcing a new initiative aimed at supporting mom’s making an attempt to quit tobacco this Mother’s Day. The State is bringing a message of help and support to local communities through a shrink-wrapped Toyota FJ Cruiser. The car is wrapped with information about the NH Smokers’ Helpline 1-800-Try-To-STOP (1-800-879-8678) and the Try To STOP TOBACCO website, Both resources are free to New Hampshire residents of all ages.


“We want to be able to offer as much help and support as needed for women in our State who are interested in, or trying to quit using tobacco,” said Public Health Director Dr. José Montero. “We remain committed to working to eliminate chronic disease in our State, and this is one more way we can reach out to people and provide them with resources that can help them improve their health.”


In New Hampshire 21.7% of NH women of childbearing age (18-44 years) reported smoking in 2007, compared to 21.2% of women nationally. In 2007, 16% of women who gave birth in NH self-reported smoking during pregnancy. Currently, 16% of New Hampshire women smoke.


Beginning on Mother’s Day weekend, the FJ Cruiser will be traveling to different parts of the State to make the contact information and website more visible. The DPHS Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (TPCP) has prioritized women of childbearing age as a population to reach out to with services because tobacco use not only affects womens’ health, but also the health of their children.


The NH Try-To-STOP TOBACCO Resource Center offers free, confidential counseling to mother’s trying to quit and develops information packets tailored to moms. For more information about the resources available visit


Through Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Smoking and Health, the New Hampshire Tobacco Prevention and Control Program continues to provide funding for community-based tobacco prevention and control grants, as well as tobacco addiction treatment opportunities, including a free and confidential Smokers’ Helpline, 1-800-Try-To-STOP (1-800-879-8678). For help while quitting visit For more information on tobacco prevention and control, please call 603-271-6891.


Daily Grind: ACORN Funded Again 

ACORN Funded Again
No matter how many times it is indicted and convicted for voter registration fraud, ACORN appears to have a solid lock on federal funding.


A Portrait in Tolerance
Specter [spek-ter] -v. To ironically destroy one's own bed in the belief that it was somebody else's, and then to lie in the wreckage.


Stressed for Success?
At the Hotel Geithner, you can check in any time you like, but you can never leave.



CEI Weekly: RIP Jack Kemp 

>>Shaping the Debate

[VIDEO] Chris Horner on the White House Energy Summit

Chris Horner featured on Fox News


GM Troubles Repeat British Auto Industry Mistakes of the 1970s

Iain Murray featured in The Washington Examiner


Green Jobs: All Pain for No Gain

William Yeatman featured in Townhall Magazine



>>Best of the Blogs

RIP Jack Kemp

by Fred Smith

"He believed—as we do at CEI—that the American people were not predisposed to favor the growth of Leviathan. He worked throughout his career to promote free market ideas to progressives, minorities, and traditional liberals. Jack was a conservative who believed that a more just and egalitarian society could best be achieved by free market policies. Firm in this belief, Jack was a happy warrior, always eager to speak to all and sundry with respect and grace. He will be missed."


Eco-sailors rescued by oil tanker

by Marlo Lewis

"'An expedition team which set sail from Plymouth [England] on a 5,000-mile carbon-emission free trip to Greenland have been rescued by an oil tanker,' BBC News reports. . . The irony of an oil tanker rescuing anti-fossil fuel crusaders was of course not lost on theBBC."


Cockroaches Win

by Angela Logomasini

"If New York regulators get their way, the only other option will be for people to hire an exterminator. So basically, if your income is too low and your kid has allergies and asthma related to cockroaches, you will be out of luck. The cockroaches win, you loose."


So, Mr. Waxman, how much global warming will your bill avert?

by Marlo Lewis

"The Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade (energy tax) bill aims to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions . . . by 2050 . . . MAGICC reveals that an 83% reduction in U.S. emissions 'will only produce a global temperature 'savings' during the next 50 years of about 0.05ºC.'"


Destabilizing Afghanistan: the Quagmire Expands

by Hans Bader

"The anti-American Taliban extremists are resurgent not only in Afghanistan, where they once sheltered Osama Bin Laden, but also in neighboring Pakistan (which has nuclear weapons) as well. Thousands of Pakistanis are fleeing the Swat Valley, which is dominated by the Taliban."


Status Report on International Climate Treaty

by William Yeatman

"There are only seven months until the global community plans to adopt a successor climate treaty to the failed Kyoto Protocol in Copenhagen, but negotiators are far apart on the most important issues-binding emissions cuts and paying for a global green energy revolution . . . It is my strongest hope that this deadlock persists, so that we all may be spared the burden of an ill-conceived, economically ruinous climate change mitigation treaty."



>>CEI in the News

Washington Times--Myron Ebell


The Orange Country Register--Iain Murray


The Korea times--Iain Murray


National Review Online--Iain Murray


The Daily Sentinel--Chris Horner

HumanEvents--Iain Murray


Daily Herald--Iain Murray


Right Side News--Hans Bader




Episode 41: SCOTUS Scurry

We begin with a farewell to famed quarterback, Republican Congressman and former CEI Distinguished Fellow Jack Kemp. We then move on to China’s flu-related roundup of Mexican nationals, the race to replace Justice Souter and the new opportunity to SuperPoke the President of the United States. We round out the show with Andrew Cuomo’s allegations of scandal and a modest helping of Olympic News.



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NH-DOC Annual Plant Sale Scheduled

(Concord, NH) The New Hampshire Department of Corrections announced the annual Career and Technical Education Horticulture Program plant sale will run May 18-22, 2009 at the greenhouse behind the North End Transitional Housing Unit in Concord. A wide variety of flowers, herbs, and vegetable plants will be sold to the public with proceeds to benefit the Horticultural Vocational and Career Development Program.


Flower varieties include pansies, violas, marigolds, impatiens, geraniums, petunias and snapdragons. Vegetables and fruits include cucumbers and multiple varieties of tomatoes. Herbs include Parsley and Basil.


Most six packs are $2.50. Some plants are priced higher depending on the variety. Customers may visit the greenhouse at 281 North State Street, Concord, from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during any day of the sale. Stock is limited. Payment must be made by check only. No cash or credit cards will be accepted.


“Vocational classes such as the horticulture program provide offenders with the tools, resources, and skills that will help them obtain employment and assist in successful re-entry into the community,” Commissioner William L. Wrenn said.