September 11, 2009

ACORN looses Census Department support

Very cool news. One of the chief complaints about ACORN is that it actively goes out and register voters and that a large number of their staff members have been arrested for registering non-existing voters -- including dead people and imaginary ones like Mickey and Minnie Mouse. The idea that they would be responsible for counting citizens gave me the paralytic willies. Now, they are out of the game. From Andrew Breitbart's excellent BigGovernment: U.S. Census Bureau Director Robert Groves� Letter Announcing Decision to Sever ACORN Ties
Dear Ms. Hurd:
The goal of the U.S. Census Bureau�s partnership program is to combine the strengths of state, local, and tribal governments, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, schools, media, businesses and others to ensure an accurate 2010 Census. While not (sic) Census bureau employees, partners are advocates for census cooperation and participation. They serve a trusted voices within their communities and are critical to our strategy to count everyone once, only once, and in the right place.

The Census Bureau has established criteria for partnerships, which are listed on our Web site at , and reserves the right to decline partnership or to terminate an existing partnership agreement with any group that 1) may create a negative connotation for the Census Bureau; 2) could distract from the Census Bureau�s mission; or, 3) may make people fearful of participating in the census.

To that end, and in keeping with the standards we shared with your organization and others who volunteered to partner with the Census Bureau to help promote the 2010 Census, we are today terminating our Partnership Agreement with ACORN.

Over the last several months, through ongoing communication with our regional offices, it is clear that ACORN�s affiliation with the 2010 Census promotion has caused sufficient concern in the general public, has indeed become a distraction from our mission, and may even become a discouragement to public cooperation, negatively impacting 2010 Census efforts.

While not decisive factors in this decision, recent events concerning several local offices of ACORN have added to the worsening negative perceptions of ACORN and its affiliation with our partnership efforts.

We do not come to this decision lightly. It was our original assessment that your organization could be helpful in encouraging cooperation with the 2010 Census among individuals who are historically hard to count, including renters, low-income residents, the linguistically isolated, and others. As of today, we have close to 80,000 partnership agreements with national and local groups � many of whom are trusted voices and serve these same populations � and we will be relying upon those groups to continue our outreach in the communities you serve. The full participation of those populations remains of utmost importance to us.
The joke is that ACORN is supposed to be by and for the inner city blacks and disadvantaged when in fact, it was founded by Wade and Dale Rathke:

Dale likes money and embezzled a million of it from ACORN. Wade doesn't like to pay taxes. And to think that ACORN and SEIU (another Rathke organization) are close to Obama, William Ayers, etc. And of course, none of this is present in the mainstream media... Posted by DaveH at September 11, 2009 9:29 PM