11/16/08

Catholics halt payments for social-justice fraud

Related: "ACORN crime covered-up by Drummond Pike"
More ACORN stories: hereVoter-fraud: hereWade Rathke: here

Co-founder of union-backed voter- and social justice fraud group also founded SEIU

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, also known as ACORN, will lose about $1 million it was to have received from a Catholic relief organization. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development supports anti-poverty and social justice programs nationwide.

The decision was made following claims that nearly $1 million had been embezzled from ACORN by the brother of its founder. Word of the grant being pulled came from Auxiliary Bishop Robert Morin of New Orleans. Morin says forensic accountants hired by the church found that its funds were not involved "with those that had been embezzled."

ACORN's founder (Wade Rathke) has defended allowing his brother to make restitution privately, saying that getting law enforcement involved could have risked ACORN's financial ruin.

ACORN has made headlines recently for completing a massive registration drive in poor and working-class neighborhoods. Critics questioned its registration practices.

(540wfla.com)

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