Two years after footage of ACORN employees engaged in tax fraud and other malfeasance was released by Project Veritas, resulting in a vote by Congress to de-fund the corrupt organization, ACORN’s last appeal to reinstate federal funding has just been denied — by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Court “turned aside the advocacy group’s attempt to revive its lawsuit claiming that Congress had acted unconstitutionally in denying it federal funds. The Congressional action came two years ago in response to hidden-camera videos in which employees of at least five Acorn offices gave conservative activists advice on how to start a child-prostitution business.” Attorneys for ACORN had argued that the decision by Congress to revoke its funding was in fact a “bill of attainder,” which unconstitutionally punished the illegal activities that James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles captured on camera.
According to Article 1, Section 9 of the U.S. Constitution, the legislative branch is prohibited from passing acts to single out an individual or group for punishment without trial. However, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously rejected that argument last August, leaving the Supreme Court as ACORN’s last hope. Now even that hope is gone. The Journal article went on to note that “In addition to the hidden-camera scandal, Acorn had acknowledged voter-registration fraud and a cover-up of the founder’s brother’s embezzlement of nearly $1 million from the organization.” Thanks to the work of Project Veritas and our supporters, American taxpayers can breathe easier knowing that millions of dollars annually are longer funneled from federal coffers to finance ACORN’s criminal activities.