[Congressional Record Volume 155, Number 129 (Monday, September 14, 2009)]
[Page H9469]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]

                          CORRUPTION IN ACORN

  The SPEAKER pro tempore. Under a previous order of the House, the 
gentleman from Indiana (Mr. Burton) is recognized for 5 minutes.
  Mr. BURTON of Indiana. You know, Mr. Speaker, one of the things that 
concerns me is that the more liberal media seems to ignore some of the 
things that are extremely important to the people of this country and 
to the freedoms we enjoy and the money that's being spent by the 
  This weekend and today I watched a number of these shows that I watch 
on a regular basis because those of us in this body, we follow the news 
very, very closely. Mr. Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and Mr. O'Reilly, who 
are all on FOX, focused attention over the past few weeks on this ACORN 
organization. It's really interesting to find out that ACORN, which 
helped the President get elected, was such a strong force for him and 
whom he congratulated on the support they gave him, and he told them he 
wanted to work with them and he wanted to have their advice on issues 
of major concern. So he's very close to ACORN.
  ACORN, which received $53 million from 1993 until now--that's 16 
years. They received $53 million over 16 years. This year, they now 
have access to $8.5 billion. Now, I mean, that's a heck of a reward, it 
seems like to me, for being supportive of the administration. Then Mr. 
Frank, on the Banking Committee, puts legislation through, which has 
passed the House, that would give them access to an additional $1.5 
billion. That's $10 billion ACORN has access to.
  If you were watching any of these television shows in the last week, 
you'll see that some people went in and they posed as a prostitute and 
a man who was soliciting for a prostitute. I think they call him a 
pimp. They asked the advice of ACORN, and ACORN gave them advice on how 
to circumvent the law, how to hide what they were doing from the law, 
how they could make money and not report it to the Government of the 
United States.
  Then these people asked, Well, we want to bring some young people in 
from South America. They're underage, and we want them to work for us 
in this prostitution ring. The people at ACORN said--and there were two 
or three of them--they said, Well, here's how you do it. And they 
explained to them how they could claim them as children or dependents 
and expand their ring of prostitution. This is all documented. It's on 
television, and it's in the papers--some papers, very few. Yet ACORN is 
going to get almost $10 billion.
  They have been involved in other nefarious activities, and they were 
supposed to work on the Census. Can you imagine? The way the States get 
money from the Federal Government is based, in large part, on the 
Census that's taken--how many people live in a congressional district, 
how many people live in a State--and the money that comes from the 
Federal Government is divvied up, in large part, on the basis of the 
  So ACORN was going to have a major role in working to count the 
number of people throughout the country and, in effect, decide where 
this money is going to be going. This is an organization that has a 
tremendous amount of corruption. They're finding more and more 
corruption every single day, and the taxpayers of this country are 
allowing them, through the Congress, to have access to almost $10 
billion of our taxpayers' dollars. That is insane.
  We've asked the Congress and leaders of the Democrat Party, the 
chairmen of these various committees, to hold hearings on this, to have 
an investigation, and we have yet to have any investigation whatsoever, 
not one. So today I wrote a letter to Chairman Towns of the Government 
Reform and Oversight Committee, who is a very good friend of mine and a 
very fair man. I have asked Chairman Towns to have an investigation 
into ACORN.
  When you're talking about $10 billion of the taxpayers' money going 
to an organization that we know has been involved in various nefarious 
activities and that we know has been involved in corruption, we 
certainly should at least look into what they're doing and stop them 
from using taxpayers' dollars to do these things.
  This is something that we shouldn't allow anybody to shovel under the 
rug. The administration should take responsibility for conducting an 
investigation and pushing for it, and the Members of Congress on the 
majority side that has the chairmanships in both the House and the 
Senate need to push very hard for an investigation, and we need to do 
it now. We need not to give them one dime until that investigation is