Census Cut Ties With ACORN; It Should Cut Ties With SEIU, Too

Posted on September 30, 2009. Filed under: American people |

Census Cut Ties With ACORN; It Should Cut Ties With SEIU, Too

by Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL)

The U.S. Census Bureau delegated work to outside groups for the federal 2010 census.  Following the release of undercover videos showing ACORN workers helping a fake pimp and prostitute illegally secure housing, the Census Bureau terminated its partnership with ACORN.  The House and Senate voted to block federal funding for ACORN and ACORN-related affiliates, including SEIU.  While the Census Bureau terminated its partnership with ACORN, it left its close connection with SEIU intact.

Given SEIU’s co-location with ACORN in Chicago and SEIU’s intimate financial relationship with ACORN, we should take action to protect the public from the corruption of the 2010 census. To defend the integrity of the process, the Census Bureau should end its close relationship with ACORN’s close sister organization, the SEIU.

SEIU and ACORN

Official filings show that SEIU, referenced in the U.S. Attorney’s indictment of Governor Rod Blagojevich, contributed more than $4 million to ACORN and its affiliates since 2006.  According to recent Department of Labor filings, the SEIU employs ACORN Founder and ACORN International Chief Organizer Wade Rathke.  Mr. Rathke was recently exposed for running a cover-up of an embezzlement scheme run by his brother.

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