Brief of the Week September 28, 2009

BACHMANN: ‘READ FINE PRINT’ ON ACORN DEFUNDING: “The Senate and House both passed bills to defund ACORN,” but, says Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R.-Minn.), “never the twain shall meet.” The premier House opponent of giving any tax dollars to the community-organizing colossus was referring to the fact that because the two bills are worded differently they must go to a conference committee. “ACORN won’t miss one dime of federal money until the House and Senate agree completely on every point in the joint bill and the President signs it,” Bachmann told HUMAN EVENTS Political Editor John Gizzi. At a briefing at the White House last week, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs joined in the denunciation of ACORN for the now-famous videos showing members of the group advising two young conservatives posing as a prostitution outfit how to operate legally, but did not say whether the President supported defunding ACORN. One-time tax attorney Bachmann is not waiting around for the conference committee or for Obama. She has called for ending ACORN’s 501-c3 status (which makes private donations to the group tax deductible) and has also called for an investigation of ACORN and its affiliates by the Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee (which is authorized to suspend organizations they determine have acted improperly from receiving tax dollars).