September 21st, 2009
06:47 PM ET
12 years ago

Justice Dept. inspector general to launch limited ACORN investigation

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The activist community-organizing group ACORN will be the subject of a limited investigation by the Justice Department's inspector general, the internal watchdog office announced Monday.

Inspector General Glenn Fine said he is opening the review in response to a request from the top Republican on a key House Committee.

In a brief letter to Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, Fine said he will investigate whether ACORN applied for or received any Justice Department grant funds, and if so, whether the Justice Department had conducted any audits or reviews of ACORN's use of such funds.

Smith, who also wants the FBI to open a full criminal investigation, is the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee.

He said he was pleased by the inspector general's decision.

"The IG's report will help Congress ensure that money allocated to support law enforcement efforts is not instead used to support criminal
conduct," he said.

ACORN has been under fire from conservative critics following the public release of secretly taped videos that showed a couple posing as a pimp and prostitute receiving advice from some ACORN employees on how to hide their purported activities so they could obtain housing assistance.

Controversy prompted by the videotapes led to the firing of four ACORN employees, an internal ACORN investigation, and a slashing of some ACORN funds by both the House and the Senate.

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Scott, Tucson

    While they're at it, they need to investigate Charlie Rangel and his tax cheating ways.

    September 21, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  2. Terry, TX

    "Justice Dept. inspector general to launch limited ACORN investigation" .....surprise.....Eric Holder is too busy going after the Bush guys....that he will do....even after Obama not quite convincingly says "I want to move forward" but Holder is running the show. This is just a bunch of crappola and double talk.

    We need a MAJOR investigation....hello...this is not brain surgery.

    September 21, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  3. obama the liar

    of course it will be limited.. the only way to prevent damage control to the organization that elected the liar-in-chief...KEEP GITMO OPEN, we have 4 socialist on their way.

    September 21, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  4. Sian

    The President needs to "strongly suggest" an inquiry into ACORN's operations now, or risk the appearance of being biased. Whether or not these claims against ACORN are founded the last thing he needs is doubt about his motives and the motives of his supporters; at a time when he needs the support of the American people to get his healthcare initiative passed.

    September 21, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  5. Amazing

    How about a FULL investigation on this corrupt organization, where money is missing and Bertha Lewis, ACORN's CEO refuses to open their books? After watching her interview, there is no doubt this organization needs to be shut down. But our president doesn't follow this, the millions of tax payer dollars isn't worth his time. What happened to the line by line audit of their pork spending?

    September 21, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  6. m c sullivan

    This is GREAT, but a full FBI investigation is required as well. Since the $ 1 M embezzlement scandal years ago, ACORN and all of it's affiliates should have been shut down. At least investigate!

    September 21, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  7. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    You can bet it will be VERY limited.

    September 21, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  8. G'er

    Thank goodness. There needs to be a full independent audit of ACORN's books....they have proven to have a systemic problem...corrupt and biased. Shut them down, defund them!! We cannot afford to waste more tax dollars on this awful organization.

    September 21, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  9. catmom

    Funny how quick they can investigate ACORN but can't investigate the torture that occurred under the previous administration. What has harmed this country more?

    September 21, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  10. Cornelius

    ACORN has over 700 employes and helps millions of low income people. if only 4 or 5 employes screw up, why punish the whole organization especialy when those employes have already been fired. There is a serious problem here.

    September 21, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  11. Paul

    Why isn't the money this ACORN organization is receiving subject to an audit....just like all the other so called nonprofit organizations...............

    September 21, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  12. scott r

    Why is this a "limited" investigation? if this was a conservative organization they would be giving them a rectal exam by now.

    September 21, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  13. phoenix86

    Holder's Justice Department is a political hack and a joke. He takes on the CIA after the case against the CIA has been dismissed TWICE. Yet is lauches a "limited investigation" of ACORN, designed to placate liberals and let ACORN continue funding the DNC.

    Hopefully the next adminstration will launch an investigation into Holder.

    September 21, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  14. ib

    Why is this limited? It should be an all out no holes left uncovered investigation!!!!!!

    September 21, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  15. Steve, Columbia SC

    Of course it's a limited investigation.................thank our president for that new wrinkle in government transparency. It's all about protecting his support infrastructure.

    September 21, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  16. jules sand-perkins

    I can't see any reason for this investigation to be TOO limited. there a reason?

    September 21, 2009 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  17. joe

    To understand a man, one need only to look to his friends....

    September 21, 2009 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  18. Jay Baum

    A limited review of Acorn, wow that is a surprise. Obama stood before America and declared that his administration would have unprecedented transparency. Obama should be calling on a full investigation into Acorn and disclosing his ties to the organization. He sure was quick to condemn the Police in the Gates incident. Maybe he should declare Acorn acted stupidly and show how Presidential he is. Everything about his presidency shows contempt for the rule of law. Where there is smoke there is fire. The known problems with Acorn are just the tip of the iceberg. The media is not fulfilling its duty to pursue truth. The media is being led around by their nose by the the most misleading LYING ( Yes I Jay Baum am calling the President a Liar) President in history. A complicit media will be judged along with Obama when his house of cards finally come crashing down

    September 21, 2009 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  19. Keith in Austin

    Why a "limited" investigation? The American People deserve a full fledged inquiry to the obvious feloneous actions of this corrupt group! Meanwhile, Barry Hussain is running from this despicable charade with warped speed! In his words to ABC, "I didn't know that ACORN is receiving federal funding.". Yea right!!! Liar!!!

    September 22, 2009 01:33 am at 1:33 am |