A spinoff of the scandal-ridden community organizer group ACORN received more than $200,000 in federal housing grants despite a ban on money going to ACORN affiliates, watchdog organization Judicial Watch announced Thursday.(full story "Judicial Watch: Feds give housing grant to ACORN affiliate despite federal ban" at washingtonexaminer.com)
ACORN, which officially folded in 2009 after a string of scandals, rebranded into more than 100 spinoff groups, including Affordable Housing Centers of America -- also now defunct -- and Mission of Peace, an affordable housing nonprofit.
"Barack Obama is truly the president from ACORN - as this illegal funding by his administration of these ACORN fronts shows," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton in a statement.
"And at the same time we learn that the Obama administration is unleashing a vast new federal program to force 'low-income' housing into every single community in America, we find out that HUD is continuing illegally to fund ACORN spin-offs committed to carrying out Obama's dictums. This is not a coincidence."
More than 174 groups affiliated with ACORN were still active as of August 2012, and at least two besides Mission of Peace have received federal funds, according to a report by the Washington Free Beacon.
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