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ACORN lives: As suspect as ever

| Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, 8:54 p.m.

Banned from receiving federal dollars and officially defunct, the corrupt, extreme-left ACORN lives on through renamed affiliates. And some of them appear to violate IRS rules governing nonprofits and political activity.

Nonprofit watchdog group Cause of Action has listed 174 such organizations that occupy former ACORN chapter offices, employ former ACORN staff, even use former ACORN tax ID numbers, reports The Washington Free Beacon.

At least two have received federal money. One, the Mutual Housing Association of New York (MHANY), has obtained Federal Home Loan Bank, Department of Housing and Urban Development and Fannie Mae funding, its website says.

Cause of Action is pressing the IRS to investigate. Its executive director says “these rebranded groups are using the same model that ACORN essentially trademarked: getting tax-exempt funds and using them for political purposes.”

And in MHANY's case, also to make money, it seems. The Free Beacon says MHANY — whose executive director previously was executive director of ACORN's New York chapter — “stood to profit” from a project replacing a low-income Brooklyn neighborhood with a new NBA arena and residential complex.

There's more than enough evidence to justify an IRS probe. If Cause of Action's call goes unheeded by an IRS under the administration of longtime ACORN supporter Barack Obama, that will be evidence of just how strong and pernicious ACORN's influence remains.

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