Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Crusade Against ACORN

Anyone who has been following politics for the past year is aware that the right has taken up a crusade against the community organizing group ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now). Most people have no idea what ACORN actually does, but they consume Fox News soundbites just enough to know that they don't like it. They even recently passed, with Bipartisan support, the De-fund ACORN Act, stripping the organization of federal funding.

What you may not be aware of, was that the case that pushed ACORN over the edge has since been exposed as a conservative undercover hoax. You may also be unaware that such a bill, which directly targets ACORN for "breaking campaign finance laws" and "filing fraudulent paperwork," is now under question for unconstitutionality, because it unfairly targets an individual (or individual organization) without applying the law to all organizations that have violated such provisions. Rachel Maddow does a great job exposing the issue. Enjoy!


Kate said...

I actually worked for ACORN a couple summers ago. A few nights ago (sometime last week, I think) she had another really great segment on the truth about some of the smears against ACORN

Andrea Watts said...

I totally have a lady crush on Maddow.