A mountain of paperwork detailing extensive, apparently credible allegations of wage and labor law violations against ACORN was received this week by investigators on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
A source with intimate knowledge of the allegations who asked not to be identified said 200 documents were delivered to congressional investigators.
Republican investigators on that committee found a fortnight ago that by “intentionally blurring the legal distinctions between 361 tax-exempt and non-exempt entities, ACORN diverts taxpayer and tax-exempt monies into partisan political activities.” They recommended that ACORN be stripped of its jealously guarded tax-exempt status because it illegally spends taxpayer dollars on partisan activities, commits “systemic fraud,” and violates racketeering and election laws.
ACORN is deeply involved in the labor movement.
Its far-flung empire of activism includes SEIU Locals 100 (Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas) and 880 (Illinois, Indiana), the Living Wage Resource Center (a website that tracks efforts by cities and states to raise the minimum wage above the federal standard), and various other groups concerned with labor-related issues. Organized labor is both a client and ally of ACORN. ACORN (including its affiliates) took in almost $3 million in 2007 from unions to assist unions with anti-corporate campaigns, provide strike support, and help with research and staffing, among other things. The group also had extensive ties to disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a Democrat who was thrown out of office this year by his state’s legislature.