New GOP budget bill defunds the defunct. Apparently it's 2008 all over again and ACORN's back.


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Back in December, Public Policy Polling had some pretty pathetic survey results to report:

49% of GOP voters nationally say they think that ACORN stole the election for President Obama. We found that 52% of Republicans thought that ACORN stole the 2008 election for Obama, so this is a modest decline, but perhaps smaller than might have been expected given that ACORN doesn’t exist anymore.

Here's what big bad ACORN was all about:

ACORN was founded in 1970 as a grassroots organization to advocate for low-income families. By 2009, the group had 500,000 members and had expanded into a national network of federally funded organization that helped to develop affordable housing, offered foreclosure counseling, and conducted voter registration drives.

To repeat, before it disbanded, ACORN was indeed demonized by Republicans, but they were vindicated, cleared of all wrongdoing.

Additionally, ACORN was proved innocent of any illegality in the notorious James O'Keefe “pimp” affair, a federal judge declared defunding ACORN unconstitutional, and the Congressional Research Service found no evidence of voter fraud.

As The Brad Blog posted in May 2012:

[Y]ou’ve heard plenty about a handful of ACORN workersno actual ACORN officials, mind you, and they were never hired by the Democratic Party, and never led to a fraudulent vote — turning in fraudulent registration forms in past years.

But nobody who ever worked for the non-profit ACORN has ever been accused of what these Republican firms continue to do on behalf of the Republican officials who hire them, paying them per Republican registration, year after year, as is once again apparent in the allegations surfacing today against Momentum Political Services…

But it's okay if you're a Republican (IOKIYAR). Facts don't matter to them. They create their own reality-- it's so much easier!-- as is documented in this quote by an “unnamed Bush aide” (later identified as the now-very tarnished Karl Rove):

“We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out.”

Which brings me to this very surreal HuffPo report:

A new short-term budget bill introduced on Monday by House Republicans includes a bizarre provision banning federal funding to anti-poverty group ACORN, despite the fact that the group has already been stripped of federal funding -- and has been defunct for nearly three years.

ACORN leaders announced that the group was disbanding in March 2010, after Congress cut off all federal funding to the organization. The provision in the current GOP budget bill [PDF], buried on page 221 of 269, would duplicate legislation that has already passed, to target an organization that does not exist.

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What next, a new O'Keefe super ultra double secret video? And, oops, did the GOP forget about what happened in 2005? ACORN and Rick Perry passed a bill together!

Oh that's right. IOKIYAR.