Thanks to the Obama administration and an out-of-control liberal judge, ACORN and other leftist activist groups –including the embattled radical group ACORN– could be eligible for up to $3.99 billion in federal funding included in the $3.83 trillion fiscal 2011 budget blueprint President Obama released Monday.
The $3.99 billion comes from a congressional slush fund known as the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which is part of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) $48.5 billion fiscal 2011 budget. CDBG grants, which are awarded to states and localities, flow indirectly to ACORN and similar groups that compete at the state and local level for grants.
But how is it that ACORN might be eligible to take in more federal funding when Congress passed a ban on funding the group and its affiliates just last year? Because in December federal Judge Nina Gershon (no apparent relation to actress Gina Gershon) restored federal funding of ACORN by issuing a temporary injunction against the congressional funding ban. The Bill Clinton appointee found that depriving ACORN of taxpayer dollars was an unconstitutional “bill of attainder” that singled out ACORN for punishment without trial. The judge’s ruling could be made permanent when the case eventually goes to trial, a move that would help to shore up ACORN’s finances.
Gershon showed a similar contempt for the legislative branch previously. In 1999 she ruled then-New York mayor Rudy Giuliani had no right to cut off city funding of the Brooklyn Museum of Art when it displayed dead animals and a painting of the Virgin Mary decorated with elephant dung.