Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Tiahrt attacks another program for the poor

No one can accuse Rep. Todd Tiahrt of being sympathetic to the poor. He has cut funding for and tried to eliminate any one who advocates for the poor. So it is no surprise he has gone after the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).

From The Wichita Eagle:

Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, wants to revoke ACORN’s tax-exempt status. But in making that case, Tiahrt doesn’t need to follow the example of talk-radio hosts and exaggerate the link between ACORN and President Obama. In a statement Tiahrt read recently on the House floor, he claimed that ACORN was “the political machine of President Obama” and said that Obama paid ACORN more than $800,000 to “help him win the White House.” But as FactCheck.org determined, Obama has had minimal association with ACORN since he helped represent the group and other plaintiffs in a “motor-voter” case in 1995. Obama’s campaign did pay ACORN $800,000 during the Democratic primary as part of a “get out the vote” effort. But that’s 0.1 percent of the more than $700 million Obama spent during the 2008 campaign.

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