Wednesday, January 14, 2009

ACORN to Mullis: We don't have 'tax-exempt' status

Posted By on Wed, Jan 14, 2009 at 5:11 PM

Charles Jackson, ACORN's communications director, sends this prepared statement regarding a resolution filed yesterday by state Sen. Jeff Mullis, R-Chicamauga, urging the IRS yank the grassroots' organization's tax-exempt status.

(Jim Galloway at the AJC's Political Insider reminds us that Mullis was one of the earliest supporters of John McCain, the former presidential candidate who accused ACORN of "maybe destroying the fabric of democracy in this country" with its controversial voter registration drives.)

ACORN says there's just one problem — it doesn't have such a status. ACORN President Maude Hurd says Mullis "indicates his ignorance" with the resolution.

*ACORN Response to Ga. Senator's Legislation: Organization has no tax-exempt status *

On Jan. 13, ACORN President Maude Hurd released the following statement on Georgia State Sen. Jeff Mullis' legislation urging the Internal Revenue Service to no longer allow ACORN to keep its tax exempt status.

“Senator Mullis is just throwing around an old John McCain talking point. He would do better focusing on the issues of working families in Georgia, like jobs or foreclosures.

ACORN is proud of our work to help low and moderate-income citizens become apart of the electoral process. More than 900,000 voters – mostly minority and low-income -- have cast ballots since 2004 through ACORN's voter registration efforts.

ACORN has never been charged with falsifying any voter records. There has been a small fraction of the 13,000 temporary workers we hired to try to defraud ACORN by turning in bogus cards. ACORN has a zero policy for employees deliberately falsifying registrations, and in the cases where our internal quality control procedures identifies this is happening, the person is fired and turned into elections and law enforcement officials.

As required by law and legal advice, ACORN turned in all signed applications for final verification to be determined by election officials. This extensive Quality Control process held up well in the face of politically-motivated attacks and unprecedented media scrutiny. Though this fact was not always widely reported, most of the forms that Boards of Elections found to be problematic had already been flagged as such by ACORN’s own staff.

Senator Mullis indicates his ignorance by calling for revocation of ACORN's tax-exempt status; the organization does not have such status.”

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