The dawn breaks for some in Congress.  Criminal Charges Against ACORN Raise Concerns About Its Partnership With Census Bureau

Criminal charges filed in Nevada against ACORN, a liberal activist group that is under investigation in several other states for alleged voter registration fraud in 2008, have sparked increased concerns about the organization’s partnership agreement with the U.S. Census Bureau to help recruit workers for the 2010 Census.

Funny that previous ACORN voting registration fraud convictions didn’t seem to ring many bells.

The little unpleasantness in Nevada:

“By structuring employment and compensation around a quota system, ACORN facilitated voter registration fraud in this state,” said Attorney General Catherine Cortes Masto in a statement. “Nevada will not tolerate violations of the law by individuals, nor will it allow corporations to hide behind or place blame on their employees when its training manuals clearly detail, condone and, indeed, require, illegal acts in performing the job for the corporation.”

So the criminality is at the management level and is actually part of what their employees are taught to do.  Kind of like the Mafia.

The Nevada charges will not play a role in the group’s work with the Census Bureau, ACORN spokesman David Redlener told

Why not?  ACORN hasn’t written any training manuals yet?

In a written statement, he said that ACORN would primarily be responsible for “mailings and other in-house communications; displaying and/or distributing 2010 Census promotional materials; providing space to train new employees; sponsoring community events to promote participation in the Census; allowing the Census bureau to post ACORN’s name on the 2010 Census Web site; [and] linking 2010 Census Web site to ACORN’s Web site.”

Redlener further said the organization does not know if it will receive any federal funds for its partnership.

Right.  ACORN will do all that using the Federal funds it already gets.

What is the root of the problem here?

The constitutionally required Census is done every 10 years and determines how congressional seats are apportioned among the states. Unlike in 2000, Congress has not authorized a bipartisan U.S. Census Monitoring Board to oversee the 2010 enumeration.

Why not, I wonder?  Oh, right, the White House, that bastion of bipartisanship, wants to take it over.

So who’s guarding the henhouse?

The Census Bureau could not answer questions specifically on ACORN Tuesday, but a spokesman stressed that there is adequate oversight.

“In the partnership program, all the organizations do is help raise awareness about the Census,” Bureau spokesman Raul Cisneros told “Congress has oversight of the bureau and the census.”

It’ll be fine. Trust Congress.

Not in this lifetime.