Rep. Darrell Issa: ACORN Funder

February 19, 2010 4:57 pm ET

On February 18, 2010, Rep. Darrell Issa released a report titled, "Follow the Money: ACORN, SEIU and their Political Allies." Not included in the report, however, is the fact the Rep. Issa himself has voted to provide millions of taxpayer dollars to ACORN, an organization he now claims is part of a dangerous conspiracy guilty of assaulting American democracy.

Rep. Issa Released ACORN Report

Rep. Issa Released A Report Titled, "Follow The Money: ACORN, SEIU And Their Political Allies." On February 18, 2010, House Oversight Committee ranking member Rep. Darrell Issa released a report titled, "Follow the Money: ACORN, SEIU and their Political Allies." [Oversight Republicans, accessed 2/19/10]

Rep. Issa: The Closeted ACORN Funder

Rep. Issa Voted For A Bill Containing A $140,000 ACORN Earmark. The conference report for the bill making appropriations for foreign operations, export financing, and related programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2005 included "$140,000 for the New York Acorn programs to prevent teen delinquency." [FY 2005 Foreign Operations Appropriations bill, accessed 9/28/09; HR 4818, Vote #542, 11/20/04]

In 2005, Rep. Issa Voted For $61 Million For The Self-Help Homeownership Program (SHOP).  In 2005, Rep. Darrell Issa voted for the bill making FY 2006 for the Departments of Transportation, Treasury, and Housing and Urban Development included: "For the Self-Help and Assisted Homeownership Opportunity Program, $61,000,000, to remain available until September 30, 2008." The bill passed the House 392-31, with 204 Republicans voting "yea." [GovTrack.us, accessed 9/28/09; HR 3058, Vote #605, 11/18/05]

In 2001, Rep. Issa Voted For $22 Million For The Self-Help Homeownership Program (SHOP).  The bill making appropriations for the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development for fiscal year 2002 stated: "Provided further, That $22,000,000 shall be for grants pursuant to the Self Help Housing Opportunity Program." The bill passed the Senate 401-18, with 199 Republicans voting "yea." [HR 2620 via GovTrack.us, accessed 9/30/09; HR 2620, Vote #434, 11/8/01]

  • ACORN Receives Funding From HUD's Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP). ACORN Housing Corporation often receives funding through grants affiliated with the Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP). [HUD, 2/23/06; HUD, 10/24/02; HUD, 11/7/01]

In 2005, Rep. Issa Voted For $42 Million For "Housing Counseling." In 2005, Rep. Darrell Issa supported the bill making FY 2006 appropriations for Departments of Transportation, Treasury, and Housing and Urban Development included "For the HOME investment partnerships program, as authorized under title II of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act, as amended, $1,750,000,000, to remain available until September 30, 2008: Provided, That of the total amount provided in this paragraph, up to $42,000,000 shall be available for housing counseling under section 106 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, and $1,000,000 shall be transferred to the Working Capital Fund. [GovTrack.us, accessed 9/28/09; HR 3058, Vote #605, 11/18/05]

  • Department of Housing And Urban Development Pays To Train ACORN For Housing Counseling. According to ACORN Housing, "we're a non-profit organization that was established to help low-to-moderate-income people become and remain homeowners. But our Housing Counselors are trained and certified by the US dept. of Housing and Urban Development." [ACORN Housing, accessed 9/30/09]
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