Pandering To The Wicked: ACORN And The Law Of Unintended Consquences

So, Congress has passed a law against ACORN. Apparently, they can no longer get federal funding. Republicans are jubilant and elated in such. Then some smart ass read the bill.

As the Huffington Post reports:

The congressional legislation intended to defund ACORN, passed with broad bipartisan support, is written so broadly that it applies to “any organization” that has been charged with breaking federal or state election laws, lobbying disclosure laws, campaign finance laws or filing fraudulent paperwork with any federal or state agency. It also applies to any of the employees, contractors or other folks affiliated with a group charged with any of those things.

This provision actually applies to a whole host of other organizations and businesses – including most of the military-industrial complex. For example:

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) picked up on the legislative overreach and asked the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) to sift through its database to find which contractors might be caught in the ACORN net.

Lockheed Martin and Northrop Gumman both popped up quickly, with 20 fraud cases between them, and the longer list is a Who’s Who of weapons manufacturers and defense contractors.

So, in one vote republicans have made government less corrupt by banning the government from doing business with them. Good Job! Sadly, the law may not be constitutional, I guess in the rush to defend America from African-American voter registration drives the republicans forgot to read the fine print of their bill…and the Constitution.

Update 1: Maybe if the republicans are lucky, they won’t have to worry about it. Yes, I know, it was supposed to have happened on the 22nd and didn’t.

6 Responses

  1. There are some more interesting names on that list too. In reverse order:

    81. Johns Hopkins University
    I guess graduates are affiliated with the place…
    79. Research Triangle Institute, Inc.
    73. Massachusetts Inst. of Technology
    Ooops. No Car Talk for you, folks.
    72. University of Chicago
    69. Government of Canada (CCC)
    29. Los Alamos National Security LLC
    26. University of California

    And, finally, at number 18, drumroll….

    18. Government of the United States

  2. Ha!

  3. Sadly, the bill may not be constitutional and even if it was one doubts it would be enforced against anybody other than ACORN….

  4. If Obama signs it he should add a “signing” statement, selectively choosing those orgs which will have their funding cut off.

    Serve the GOPS right.

  5. Humana too.

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