Government watchdog Judicial Watch recently released a statement claiming that President Barack Obama has issued a $79,819 grant to Affordable Housing Centers of America (AHCOA), an offshoot of ACORN, through the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The organization says Obama signed the Defund ACORN Act in October 2009, which prohibited the government from funding “ACORN and any ACORN-related affiliate,” but has violated that law with the recent grant.
“This was an ACORN affiliate at the time of the funding ban, and it has not changed in sum or substance since then,” Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, said in an interview with Fox News. “The funding ban was violated and the administration is calling these new entities. It just doesn’t pass the laugh test.”
The Government Accountability Office issued an advisory opinion in September 2010 in which it determined AHCOA was a separate entity from ACORN. Yet, the GAO’s website lists the recipient of the $79,819 grant as “ACORN Housing Corporation, Inc.” ACHOA also holds the same board of directors and executive director as its predecessor.
According to Fox, ACORN’s reputation was tainted after undercover videos showed the organization offering tax advice to people dressed as a pimp and prostitute.