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Alinskyite NTIC Pays $550K To Settle Federal Funds Abuse Case

June 5, 2009

The Saul Alinsky-inspired National Training and Information Center (NTIC) has agreed to fork over $550,000 to the U.S. government to make claims that it misused federal grant money go away, Crain’s reports. (The guru of modern-day revolutionaries, Alinsky produced a comprehensive blueprint for radical “community organizing.”) NTIC has long been in the forefront of training radical community organizers.

According to Crain’s, this nonprofit community organizing group that encourages the formation of other activist groups

was accused by the U.S. attorney’s office in a 2006 federal lawsuit of violating the federal False Claims Act when it used some of the millions it received from a division of the U.S. Department of Justice to lobby members of Congress with hopes of securing more grants. Federal law prohibits the use of federal funds to curry favor with congressmen or congressional employees in connection with a grant.

The government alleged that NTIC misused some of the $3 million-plus it received in federal grants from 2000 to 2002 for use to carry out a federal program aimed at helping local groups improve their neighborhoods by fighting drug use, crime, and violence. Specifically, the government claimed NTIC spent $207,131 of the federal cash to send its employees to training conferences in the nation’s capital. An Office of Inspector General report found last year that NTIC tried to cover up the fact that the conferences were related to lobbying, not general training.

The group was founded by the late Gale Cincotta, whom some call the “mother of the Community Reinvestment Act” because she led the effort to create the law that President Carter signed in 1977. Critics say the law, which was strengthened during the term of President Clinton, helped to cause the subprime mortgage crisis by pressing banks to lend money to people they should have known would not be able to pay it back. Taking their cues from activists, banking regulators were given the power to make trouble for banks that in their opinion failed to lend enough money to so-called underserved communities.

One Comment
  1. Tenn Slim permalink
    June 7, 2009 9:07 am

    Cap and Soc Socratic discourse.
    Cap: Old Soc, seems the Alinsky folks got embarrased here. Comment?
    Soc: Just blip on the radar. Folks at the school continue to use the funds, cover their tracks, as any good Lefie knows to do. The exposure probably is not wanted, but look at the date delays. YEARS of delay. The money is gone, the learning is in the minds, mission accomplished.
    Cap: Understand the tactics, Soc, but just where does this type of behavior play into the current Alinsky Players, AKA OBNA?
    Soc: Well, without naming names, the principles are in place. Following Alinsky’s Yellow brick road, natually uses the type of behavior. Boldness, aggressive actions, blatant imposition of power, all work well. With our current State Run Media, noone west of the Appalachians even knows we exist.

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