Of course, they've reconstituted themselves, forming a half dozen or so community activist organizations. But the bell has tolled for the organization we used to know as ACORN - the most blatantly anti-capitalist, anti-freedom group in America receiving taxpayer dollars to found their activities.
ACORN, the controversial and defunct community activist group accused of a variety of criminal activities, will not get a chance to air its grievances about losing federal funding before the Supreme Court, the justices announced Monday.
The group was trying to appeal a unanimous lower court ruling affirming the federal government's right to strip millions of dollars in funds from the group and its associated affiliates. The justices, as often happens, announced their decision without comment.
ACORN's activities received little attention before 2009 when it became the focus of outrage for mostly-Republican lawmakers who objected to the group's politics and shady dealings.
"ACORN hides behind a paper wall of nonprofit corporate protections to conceal a criminal conspiracy on the part of its directors, to launder federal money in order to pursue a partisan political agenda and to manipulate the American electorate," Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., wrote in an investigative report that formed the basis of subsequent efforts to strike funds.
They were also a key ally of Democratic state election officials who registered thousands of fraudulent voters. AT's Clarice Feldman was one of the first to identify ACORN as a criminal conspiracy. And they're still trying to sort out ACORN's books which were mixed up with SEIU business.
There was plenty of reason for SCOTUS to dismiss the appeal. And ACORN was never able to prove that it was irreperably damaged by the defunding.