The audio of the ACORN worker is edited for legal reasons, ie the ACORN lawsuit no doubt…GOP Reps. McCotter and King attended the tape release at the NationalPressClub.
Courtesy of veritasvisuals:
Undercover investigation of Prostitution assistance at Philadelphia ACORN office. Song ‘Ridiculous’ copyright ©2009 Anthony Dini. Used with permission. http://www.myspace.com/anth…
Fox News: “ACORN representatives claim James and Hannah were kicked out of Philadelphia,” Andrew Breitbart said in a statement prior to the 9:30 a.m. ET news conference. “They also said publicly that, unlike Baltimore, Washington D.C., Brooklyn, San Bernardino (Calif.) and San Diego, James and Hannah never even mentioned prostitution before they were told to leave. James and Hannah will be joining me to set the record straight. After Wednesday, everyone will know what really happened in Philly.”
Update: NRO reader and attorney concurs with MiM’s assessment of broad discovery for defendant’s Breitbart, Giles and O’Keefe. Show us da books baby! (both sets!, lol)
Third, with a little bit of careful thought, the defendants could plead some interesting counterclaims. The federal False Claims Act and RICO come to mind, and would be very interesting.
Fourth, even if the defendants don’t plead any counterclaims, the scope of discovery against ACORN will be incredibly broad, as it almost always is in civil litigation. ACORN has far, far more to lose from what could come out during discovery than what they are asking for in this suit.
Here is the PDF of the complaint and demand for jury trial. ACORN is suing as a group incorporated in LA and the two fired MD employees are also suing. The defendants named include Breitbart, LLC as well as O’Keefe and Giles for their work exposing ACORN corruption in the expose series for Big Government.com.
They want 500k for each fired employee, 1 million for ACORN, 1 thousand for each Plaintiff, by which I wonder if they mean each of the 500,000 ACORN members they claim to represent in the complaint, plus 1 million in punitive damages from each of the three defendants AND an immediate RESTRAINING ORDER TO STOP AIRING OF THE TAPES
I think the last part is key. This is meant to put the kaibosh on airing the rest of the tapes. I am hopeful they have more on the HUD Grants ACORN gets and the mortgage fraud they allegedly perpetrate.
To put on an affirmative defense, since ACORN dragged their schtick ‘we represent 500k low income people’, yada yada, and asked for 1k for each ACORN employee, PLUS asked for punitives, can’t subpoenas duces tacum fly? Can’t discovery provide some clarity into the opaque ACORN maze of ‘shell’ corporations and track the federal money?
Acorn — the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now — filed a lawsuit Wednesday against conservative activists James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles, who posed as a prostitute-and-pimp duo at a number of Acorn offices. O’Keefe and Giles posted on the Web their hidden-camera videos of Acorn employees giving them tax advice on a brothel business. The community organization is also suing Breitbart.com, which posted the videos.
In a complaint filed in Maryland’s Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Acorn says two Baltimore employees in one of the hidden-camera videos were taped without their consent in violation of Maryland law…
*Liar Liar clip courtesy of jonturk26
Inquiring taxpayers want to know. We will see if HUD can tell us. Sounds like it is right up their alley.
(…)With the new financing, which falls under an existing program called the Neighborhood Stabilization Program,
HUD will grant $44.5 million to nine national organizations and $5.5 million to local communities to buy, rehab and sell foreclosed properties in some of the country’s worst-hit residential neighborhoods.
Grantees also are permitted to create “land banks” for vacant properties, or to offer down-payment and closing-cost aid to low- and moderate-income homebuyers….
Update 1: From HUD’s website:
The Recovery Act also authorized HUD to establish NSP-TA, a $50 million allocation made available to national and local technical assistance providers to support NSP grantees.
Under NSP2, HUD allocated $1.93 billion on a competitive basis to states, local governments, and non profit organizations. The program objectives and eligible uses did not change under the Recovery Act, but the allocation process and some regulations on the funds have changed. The deadline to apply for NSP2 funding is July 17, 2009. See NSP2 NOFA for details.
NSP-TAUnder NSP-TA, HUD allocated $50 million on a competitive basis to TA providers supporting HUD’s community development program grantees and subrecipients. The NSP-TA program is open to both national and local TA providers. Applications are currently being reviewed, but new applications are no longer being accepted.
And they have pretty free reign on how to use the money:
NSP grantees develop their own programs and funding priorities. However, NSP grantees must use at least 25 percent of the funds appropriated for the purchase and redevelopment of abandoned or foreclosed homes or residential properties that will be used to house individuals or families whose incomes do not exceed 50 percent of the area median income. In addition, all activities funded by NSP must benefit low- and moderate-income persons whose income does not exceed 120 percent of area median income. Activities may not qualify under NSP using the “prevent or eliminate slums and blight” or “address urgent community development needs” objectives.
NSP funds may be used for activities which include, but are not limited to:
- Establish financing mechanisms for purchase and redevelopment of foreclosed homes and residential properties;
- Purchase and rehabilitate homes and residential properties abandoned or foreclosed;
- Establish land banks for foreclosed homes;
- Demolish blighted structures;
- Redevelop demolished or vacant properties
It strikes me that A GROUP could theoretically kill several birds with one big grant. Write bad loan docs to a pimp or prostitute give them a foreclosed home and bill the taxpayer to do it all. And of course membership/shakedown. An interesting theory.
The NY Post put up a piece today indicating ACORN has 50 million in NYC low income housing properties:
ACORN has quietly become one of the Big Apple’s biggest owners of low- and moderate-income housing, amassing a real-estate empire worth at least $50 million, The Post has learned.
New York ACORN and a tangled web of affiliates own or manage nearly 1,500 housing units across three boroughs and draw in an estimated $5.7 million in rents, fees and profits from sales.
The properties are controlled by an opaque collection of nonprofits, holding companies and development funds. Many have generic names, like the 385 Palmetto Street Housing Development Fund or the Mutual Housing Association of New York, leaving no clue of their ties to the national ACORN conglomerate.
Among them is New York ACORN Housing Company, which was thrust into a political firestorm last week after two of its employees were caught in a national hidden-camera sting giving shady financial advice to two conservative activists posing as a pimp and prostitute….
Update: Rasmussen polled on ACORN and oh boy what results!
Are the public interested, despite the virtual blackout of all coverage on network TV?
Seven-out-of-10 voters (70%) say they are following recent news stories about ACORN at least somewhat closely, with 41% following very closely. Only eight percent (8%) say they aren’t following the news about ACORN at all.
Is the investigation of ACORN a result of ‘racism’, political attacks or ACORN’s illegal activity? Hmmm?
Fifty-seven percent (57%) of all voters also believe that the ongoing criminal investigations of ACORN in several states are primarily the result of illegal behavior on the organization’s part. Twenty percent (20%) say the investigations are politically motivated, and 23% are undecided.
What do people think of ACORN? EVEN Liberals don’t like it!
Only 15% of voters now have even a somewhat favorable opinion of ACORN, while 67% have an unfavorable view of the group. Those figures include only three percent (3%) with a very favorable opinion and 47% with a very unfavorable view.
Eighty-five percent (85%) of Republicans, 73% of voters not affiliated with either major political party, and 44% of Democrats have an unfavorable view of ACORN.
Liberal voters are evenly divided—35% favorable and 38% unfavorable. Eighty-two percent (82%) of conservative voters give ACORN unfavorable marks along with 60% of political moderates.
Should funding be cut off? Oh yeah baby!
Fifty-one percent (51%) of U.S. voters now say Congress should end all federal funding of the controversial community organizing group ACORN.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 17% favor continued taxpayer support of the Association for Community Organizations for Reform Now. Thirty-two percent (32%) are not sure
Go read the whole poll!
Breitbart of BigGovernment.com nails the PseudoElite Intellectual Media’s utter failure and their abandonment of their responsibilities to the people.
Okay so it appears that the FHA has 4.4% reserves ‘insured’ for potential losses, yet 14% of their loans are late. They repeatedly ‘assure’ us they will not require a taxpayer bailout, yet UBS and RealtyTrac project mortgage losses escalating through 2011 and FHA is at last count approx 25% of the mortgage market…D-E-N-I-A-L? Or is there enormous pressure perhaps, to push back any oncoming bailout until the dopey health care bill gets rammed through?
Someone get me the smelling salts, because I’m shocked, yes passing out over the latest headline from the FHA: “Officials Anticipate Annual Actuarial Study to Show Capital Reserve Ratio Dropping Below Congressionally-Mandated 2 Percent.”Read news story here.
The writing has been on the wall, in red, for a good long time. Last Tuesday, on this very blog, I wrote: FHA Claims It Won’t Need Bailout.
When I put the question of undercapitalization to FHA officials last week, they sent me this very complicated statement, which you can go back and read, but which starts by saying they would not comment until they receive the actuarial study. Today they say said study is “being completed.”Sept. 30th, I’m told, is the due date.
Last week they told me the same thing they’re saying today, that they are undercapitalized, but still okay.(Except last week they said they hold more than 5 percent of their insurance in force. Today they put that at 4.4 percent.)
“To be clear, the fund’s reserves are sufficient to cover our future losses, so the FHA will not require taxpayer assistance or new Congressional action,” said Commissioner David Stevens in a statement this morning. “That said, given the size and scope of the FHA and its importance to today’s market, these risk management and credit policy changes are important steps in strengthening the FHA fund, by ensuring that lenders have proper and sufficient protection.”
Ok, so why won’t they need a bailout? Next paragraph:
“FHA’s congressionally mandated capital reserve ratio…measures excess reserves above and beyond projected losses over the next 30 years. FHA continues to hold more than $30 billion in its reserves today, or more than 4.4 percent of it insurance in force.”
And the upshot is they will HAVE to tighten standards to avoid the losses (because we are, as Kudlow said just this morning on The Call, repeating the exact steps that led to the housing collapse). That will pressure the housing market recovery (albeit for excellent reasons).
At MiM we always say, take the loss and move forward! The incessant attempts to avoid cyclical recessions always, always leads to a bubble and a BIGGER downturn than we would have if we just let the business and economic cycle naturally ..well cycle!
When this lending standard tightening goes into effect we predict ACORN and Co. will scream until Barney Frank (D-MA) writes more legislation that either turns all the homes into subsidized low income rental housing, or forces more lending below GAAP underwriting standards, reinflating the bubble. And this is without even touching the Team TOTUS plan to remake FANNIE and FREDDIE which they have not yet revealed. So buckle up for a bumpy housing ride!
No Soup for you ACORN!!!
Update: Publius at BG has the scoop:
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) offered the Defund-ACORN bill to the Student Loans bill. The House vote convincingly to cut ALL federal funds to ACORN.
Vote: 345 to 75. Complete results here.
Update: Roll Call vote courtesy of BG commenter wtfci. Ahh they added it in an Amendment to the Student Loan Bill changes?
Don’t tell me that 912 had no impact. Pelosi tried ignoring this last night as did the PseudoElite Intellectual Media. But 2 young Americans, Breitbart and the rest of the actual ‘mainstream’ media did their job. Critters saw all those Americans, and the calls are having an impact now. Righteous.
Breaking on Big Government
Seinfeld clip courtesy of Krauser666
Update 5: Even Leno ripping ACORN; The Governator demands investigation: More tapes on the way! NY AG Cuomo opens investigation into ACORN; ACORN Tape up, San Bernadino: Twofer Tuesday: Stevie Nicks. Plus – More ACORN, now with alleged felonies*!
Update: 9/18 - Even LENO is ripping on ACORN! How embarrassing to be the PseudoIntellectual Elite Media!
Courtesy of lakemtkaliberty
Breitbart on Hannity indicated there are more tapes but they will wait before releasing them. They may be waiting out ACORN’S audit, lol!! Extended tape from VeritasVisuals
Clip courtesy of patriotsandheroes
Hannity airs San Diego tape portions, We can now add offers to smuggle illegal (undocumented) underage prostitutes from Tijuana to San Diego from an ACORN worker to the list..check BigGovernment for ongoing updates…
Update 7:30 EST: Here is Senator Johanns speaking on the Amendment before the vote:
Courtesy of SenJohanns:
Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE) introduces an amendment on September 14, 2009, that would block money from the transportation and housing appropriations bill from directly or indirectly funding ACORN.
Breaking update from Ed Morrisey! HotAir (go read the whole thing for how the vote shifted on the floor):
Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE) introduced an amendment to the HUD and Transportation appropriation bill to strip ACORN of all federal funding. A week ago, Johanns wouldn’t have gotten the amendment to the floor. Today, however, after three straight days of BigGovernment.com’s video exposés of ACORN offices in Washington DC, New York City, and Baltimore offering assistance to pimping, tax evasion, and trafficking in underage Salvadorean girls, Johanns not only got his vote — but he got an impressive bipartisan showing. The Senate passed the Johanns amendment 83-7…
A shout out to our peeps in Bed-Sty and Red Hook!
Courtesy of BigGovernment, Part 3 in the Ongoing Saga of ACORN, Pimps, Prostitutes, underage sex trade and housing loans