Wednesday, December 23, 2009

ACORN Didn't Break The Law

House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) has released a report prepared by the Congressional Research Service on several issues concerning the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now which concludes that there were no instances of individuals who were allegedly registered to vote improperly by ACORN or its employees and who were reported "attempting to vote at the polls." Allegations that ACORN representatives who were registering people to vote were trying to influence them to cast ballots for Barack Obama surfaced during and following the election.

The report's conclusions are not necessarily final. Of the 46 reported federal, state and local investigations concerning ACORN, 11 are still pending. But the report found that, thus far, none of the probes have identified instance in which ACORN "violated the terms of federal funding in the last five years."

The report also questions new federal legislation that prohibits funding to ACORN. It concludes that the law raises constitutional concerns.

The much-publicized "sting" operations concerning ACORN also were questioned in the report. Although state laws vary, two relevant states, Maryland and California, "appear to ban private recording of face to face conversations absent the consent of all the participants," the report says.

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