Sep 17 2009

Shelby calls for ACORN probe

Huntsville Times

From staff reports

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, has called for an investigation into the Association for Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN.

In a statement Tuesday, Shelby cited the arrests of former ACORN employees in Florida on charges of falsifying voter applications before the 2008 elections, and video of ACORN employees offices offering to falsify tax documents and to aid in obtaining a mortgage for individuals purported to be engaged in prostitution and employing underage illegal immigrants.

Shelby also noted the Senate's approval of a measure prohibiting taxpayer funding for ACORN for fiscal 2010.

"Last night's vote served as a resounding rebuke on behalf of American taxpayers regarding the activities of ACORN," said Shelby. "While this vote is important, it is limited in scope and we must know more. It is imperative that we proceed immediately to investigate what appears to be ACORN's stunning disregard for the law and abuse of taxpayer funds. Such an investigation would serve as the basis for determining not only whether ACORN is worthy of receiving other federal funds this year, but ever again."