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Report Raises Questions About Illegal Use of ACORN’s Funds

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The New York Times reports on a previously undisclosed internal memo that raises new questions about the way ACORN’s funding is used.

ACORN was drawing new scrutiny Wednesday after an internal memo surfaced that raised concerns about whether the low-income advocacy organization improperly used charitable dollars for political purposes.

The memo, written by Washington lawyer Elizabeth Kingsley, delved into ACORN’s relationship with Project Vote, a group Barack Obama worked with in Chicago in the mid-’90s.

The memo, according to a report in The New York Times, said the close ACORN-Project Vote ties make it impossible to determine whether Project Vote’s funds were used only for non-partisan purposes, as the law requires. The two organizations work together on voter registration drives.

The memo also addressed concerns about money transfers among ACORN affiliates and potential conflicts caused by employees of multiple affiliates, and it gave a different account from the organization of the embezzlement of almost $1 million by the brother of ACORN’s founder, according to the Times report.

Bertha Lewis, ACORN’s top executive, told the Times the group is looking into the report and has “taken everything [Kingsley] said in the report very seriously.”

ACORN, which is under investigation for voter registration fraud in several states, has consistently said its voter registration efforts are non-partisan.

The group, along with the Obama campaign, is fighting back against the fraud allegations.

Click here to read The New York Times article on ACORN.

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