One year after Ball hearing uncovers ACORN malfeasance, state officials are taking action
On the heels of disturbing hidden-camera video taken in the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN)’s Brooklyn office, Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) today announced he is cosponsoring a series of measures designed to prohibit ACORN from receiving future state funds. ACORN is no stranger to illegalities; last October Ball conducted a joint hearing with Rensselaer County Clerk Frank Merola which delved into voter fraud allegations involving this organization.
“It is a sad state of affairs when a hooker and her pimp can walk into a taxpayer-funded community activist organization and get legal advice on how to run their illegal business,” Ball said. “ACORN has a history of questionable behavior and they must be shut down. We in the Legislature must now do our part, to make sure the state takes pro-active steps to suspend all funding to ACORN and its affiliate, the New York ACORN Housing Company, which has received $890,000 in state pork-barrel spending over the past four years.”
The legislation Ball will cosponsor restricts ACORN from receiving any state funding, as well as from obtaining any funds derived from Regional Green House Gas Initiative (RGGI) auction earnings intended for ‘green jobs’.
“Unfortunately it comes as no surprise that ACORN’s culture of unlawful activities here in New York, and across the nation, continues to come to the surface. As we dig deeper, I have no doubt that more discrepancies will be realized,” Ball added.
The controversial video tapes, which have now made national headlines, show a couple posing as a prostitute and pimp receiving unethical advice from ACORN employees in several locations throughout the United States. This follows similar undercover investigations into several locations in the nation that document tax and mortgage fraud at ARCORN-based facilities.