Federal Eye: ACORN Institute still eligible for CFC, despite concerns

Federal employees can continue to make charitable contributions to a nonprofit affiliate of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now through the government's annual workplace charity campaign despite the concerns of a Republican lawmaker.

As part of an investigation into ACORN's activities, Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) in late September asked Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry to drop the ACORN Institute and other affiliates from the list of charities eligible to receive financial assistance through the Combined Federal Campaign.

The giving campaign allows federal employees to donate to eligible charities with cash, checks or payroll deductions.

"The acts perpetrated by ACORN employees were impermissible and should not be supported with CFC dollars," Grassley wrote in a letter to Berry requesting the institute be removed from the list of approved charities.

The ACORN Institute is an affiliate of the national umbrella organization for the community organizing group. Various ACORN constituent parts or affiliates are under investigation for voter registration fraud, embezzlement and other charges. Congress recently froze federal funding to the group after videos produced by conservative activists showed ACORN counselors providing assistance to people posing as a pimp and a prostitute.

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