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Was ACORN Embezzlement Really $5 Million Instead of $1 Million?

October 8, 2009


On his TV show, Glenn Beck examined the allegation that ACORN founder Wade Rathke’s brother Dale (shown living the good life at left in photo above) actually embezzled $5 million instead of the commonly cited figure of close to $1 million.

The Louisiana attorney general’s office says the embezzlement at ACORN years ago involved $5 million, not the originally reported figure of close to $1 million, according to which cites a report from

The $5 million figure is mentioned in a subpoena. My sources inside ACORN say the $5 million figure is an exaggeration and ACORN chief organizer Bertha Lewis, who lied repeatedly during a National Press Club speech Tuesday, denied the figure was $5 million.

Perhaps this is the first time ACORN has told the truth.

Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, a Democrat, told Beck he’s “looking where the information leads us.”

Meanwhile, last night I learned of a draft legislative amendment from the office of Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), one of ACORN’s few remaining steadfast friends in the U.S. Senate. This amendment number 2647 to H.R. 2847, the fiscal 2010 spending bill for the Commerce Department, directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to “conduct a review and audit of Federal funds awarded to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now…or any subsidiary or affiliate of ACORN.”

According to the amendment, the GAO would determine:

whether any Federal funds were misused and, if so, the total amount of Federal funds involved and how such funds were misused; what steps, if any, have been taken to recover any Federal funds that were misused; what steps should be taken to prevent the misuse of any Federal funds; and whether all necessary steps have been taken to prevent the misuse of any Federal funds.

Acting U.S. Comptroller General Gene L. Dodaro, who runs GAO, would have 180 days from the time the legislation is enacted to report the results of the audit to Congress. As Senate majority whip, Durbin wouldn’t have taken this dramatic step without the approval of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

  1. Julie Trevor permalink
    October 8, 2009 3:48 am

    This is the “tip of the ole iceberg” of the millions that “pass through” our state human service agencies to organizations. The required audits to follow the federal monies is severely lacking; one of the main reasons I have such contempt for all non-profit human service agencies (i.e. ACORN)

  2. Jack Hampton permalink
    October 9, 2009 12:35 pm

    I just do not understand why these people are not indicted yet and behind bars. I will assure you I could find something worthy of prosecution in say 48 hours. No Bail Flight Risk.

  3. Judy permalink
    October 9, 2009 4:50 pm

    Whether or not it was one or five million is really not the important focus at this point. What is important is that the government was pouring tens upon tens of millions of dollars into this “organization” with the follow-up to verify the tax-payor dollar use/misuse. I really have yet to read an accurate accounting of exactly how much money was poured into ACORN, but as time moves forward, it is becoming all to clear that it was big money, and the uses in this non-profit, non-partisan organization may have been used for the political gain of it’s supporters. With Obama’s direct relationship to ACORN/SEIU as legal counsel, teacher and mentor, it is seriously doubtful that any true and honest discovery of the misdeeds will come to light. I fear that this ACORN/SEIU/Tides Foundation/George Soros/AFL-CIO and others connectioned are a shadow government in complete control of of the White House, Senate and Congress. This cancer and the tenticles of this malignacy are everywhere and involved everytime we hear a name within in the Obama administration. I do believe that the Democratic representatives are fearful of these organizations and the power they wield. The first stimulus bill, the healthcare bill are all products of these organizations behind the scenes.I believe that we are in immediate danger of losing our Constitution and rights to a well funded, well organized, pervasive communist cartel that is apparently holding all the cards.

  4. Jack Hampton permalink
    October 10, 2009 2:46 am

    We are still holding some cards. It is called the second amendment and the constitution. The framers created the second to ensure that we would always hold some cards.


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