Bachmann demands end to ACORN funding

  • Article by: BOB VON STERNBERG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 22, 2009 - 9:29 PM

The conservative Republican congresswoman asks the president to authorize an investigation of the group.

Keeping up her long-standing pressure on ACORN, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., sent a letter Monday to President Obama, demanding executive action to halt all federal funding for the embattled organization.

In the letter, Bachmann also asked that Obama authorize a formal investigation through the Office of Management and Budget of ACORN and its affiliates .

Referring to comments Obama made about the group on one of the Sunday talk shows, Bachmann wrote that it "was disappointing to hear that this issue hasn't made it to your radar screen. ... The American people view ACORN's pattern of criminal activities as a serious issue and you must hold this organization accountable for its actions."

Bachmann's letter comes on the heels of an online petition her campaign office launched last week, making a similar demand to cut off funding for ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.

ACORN has long been a target of Republicans and conservative activists, dating back to last year's election campaign, when they charged that the organization was engaged in voter fraud.

Bachmann has consistently been in the front ranks of that criticism.

The criticism failed to get much traction until recently, when employees of ACORN were caught on camera offering tax advice to undercover conservative activists posing as a prostitute and her pimp.

In short order, the U.S. Census Bureau and both houses of Congress severed ties to the group; members of the House and Senate voted overwhelmingly to cut off congressionally-controlled funding.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty also plunged into the controversy, demanding that ACORN be cut off from all state funding -- which the group doesn't currently receive.

The White House hasn't replied to the letter, Bachmann's spokesman said, noting that it was only mailed on Monday and might not even have arrived there yet.

Bob von Sternberg • 612-673-7184

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