Conyers suggests congressional probe of ACORN

Representative John Conyers proposes congressional hearings regarding allegations of voter fraud and a protection racket by ACORN. Conyers said the House Judiciary Committee has never had a member of ACORN before the committee and in fairness should. Several members on the committee oppose the hearings, so there might not be any. Accusations against the group stem from charges by a former employee “fired for charging about $2,000 in personal expenses on an ACORN credit card.”

Conyers suggests probe of ACORN
Calls fraud charges ‘serious’
S.A. Miller (Contact)Friday, March 20, 2009

…The testimony by Pittsburgh lawyer Heather Heidelbaugh accused the nonprofit group of violating tax, campaign-finance and other laws by, among other things,sharing with the Barack Obama campaign a list of the Democrat’s maxed-out campaign donors so ACORN could use it to solicit them for a get-out-the-vote drive. She also testified that the Democrat-allied group provided liberal causes with protest-for-hire services and coerced donations from targets of demonstrations through a shakedown it called the “muscle for the money” program.

…Rep. Jerrold Nadler, New York Democrat and chairman of the Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution, civil rights and civil liberties that hosted Thursday’s hearing, suggested there was not enough “credible evidence” to warrant a hearing focused exclusively on ACORN. Rep. Melvin Watt said he would concede that ACORN and some of its members engaged in voter fraud. But he said voter fraud was already covered by existing law and Congress has not further role in the matter. “I’m not coming to a hearing to have a trial on ACORN. That’s not my job,” the North Carolina Democrat said.

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