The organization previously known as ACORN is reportedly alive
and well, just known by many different names.
The list of still-active ACORN entities, allies and rebranded
organizations was compiled by Cause of Action, a nonprofit watchdog group
that aims to expose waste, fraud and abuse of government funds.
Karen Groen, chief oversight counsel, explains
that "Congress passed a law saying that ACORN wasn't to be
funded with federal dollars. And what we found is that, with
respect to some of these entities, they're claiming a tax-exempt
status. And from some of the paperwork it looks like what they are
essentially doing is taking tax-exempt donations and shuffling
those toward political activity."
Cause of Action has made three requests to the IRS to
investigate three ACORN-related groups in particular: the
Texas Organizing Project (TOP), the Alliance of Californians for
Community Empowerment (ACCE) and New York Communities for Change
"From our investigation, it looked like these entities could be
essentially conducting a shell-game with their tax-deductible
donations that they're receiving," Groen reports.
At least two of the groups, Mutual Housing Association of New
York and Affordable Housing Centers of America in Chicago, have
received federal dollars.