Nearly $1 million in Homeland Security funding typically earmarked for fire departments has been awarded to ACORN, despite a clear signal from Congress that it intends to cut off federal funding to the embattled group.
The grant to ACORN's Louisiana office became public on Oct. 2, less than three weeks after the House and Senate voted to cut off ACORN funding after employees were caught on video advising a fake prostitute and pimp on scams.
It was one of only three such grants issued to the state and made up almost 80 percent of the firefighting money earmarked for Louisiana, prompting one of the U.S. senators from the state to demand that the funds be taken back.
"I request that you rescind this grant based on a history of abuse of federal dollars by ACORN and their clear lack of expertise in this area," said Sen. David Vitter, Louisiana Republican.
The group has headquarters in Louisiana.
When asked how the money would be spent, ACORN spokesman Brian Kettenring issued a statement criticizing the senator, who confessed in the past to having used an escort service.
"Senator Vitter knows a lot more about prostitution rings than anyone here does, so we'll defer to him on any matters pertaining to the videos attacking ACORN," the statement read. It did not explain how the group plans to spend the Federal Emergency Management Agency grant.
Typical ACORN reaction. Don't address the problem, just lash out.
If you read on in the article...Fire departments in Louisiana got $254,000 and ACORN received over $997,000. Basically of the $1.251 million set aside in grants for the safety of the general public in Louisiana, ACORN received almost 80% of the funds with absolutely no explanation to the general public.
This is pretty typical. This kind of stuff has been going on for years. Last year in Louisiana, ACORN received over half of the funds set aside for grants to fire departments in LA.
ACORN has been operating unchecked for 40 years. For 40 years, when they have been challenged, ACORN big wigs screech racism and get folks to back down.
Even though many in the main stream media refuse to actually investigate this, at least some attention in finally being brought to America's attention.
This is repulsive to me. The idea that many American lives are being jeopardized in order to toss money at ACORN is a horrifying notion.