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ACORN Fall-out: Obama takes "community activists" off census duty

Obama US Census appointee reverses position on ACORN.

Earlier this year, Obama seized direct control of the 2010 census, becoming the first president in US history to do so. The move is highly controversial and completely erases the guidelines for the census made by Thomas Jefferson, which every single past president has upheld. Obama has now made one concession to a group of conservative Republicans.

Immediately following news of the ACORN hidden video footage, ACORN has been removed from working on the 2010 US census.

AP [Breaking 7:00 PM, September 11th] …

In splitting with ACORN, Groves sought to tamp down GOP concerns and negative publicity that the partnership will taint the 2010 head count.

“It is clear that ACORN’s affiliation with the 2010 census promotion has caused sufficient concern in the general public, has indeed become a distraction from our mission, and may even become a discouragement to public cooperation, negatively impacting 2010 census efforts,” Groves wrote.

Stephen Buckner, a census spokesman, confirmed the letter, but declined additional comment.

ACORN spokesman Scott Levenson did not immediately return a request for comment.

In recent months, Republicans have become increasingly critical of the census’ ties with ACORN, which stands for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. The group, which advocates for poor people, conducted a massive voter registration effort last year and became a target of conservatives when some employees were accused of submitting false registration forms with names such as “Mickey Mouse.”

ACORN has said only a handful of employees submitted false registration forms and did so in a bid to boost their pay.

Partly citing ACORN’s role, Sens. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., and David Vitter, R-La., earlier this year blocked a full confirmation vote of Groves for several weeks. Rep. Michelle Bachman, R-Minn., also has been calling for a census boycott because of her concerns about whether the group would tamper with the high-stakes population count.

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