Maryville Daily Times - Staff Reports
U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander joined Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) and 18 other Republican senators in signing a letter requesting that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) undertake a "top to bottom investigation on behalf of the taxpayer" of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).
The letter says, "Current voter fraud investigations in several states, prior fraud convictions, and new videos showing apparent illegal activity by ACORN employees" warrant a "thorough and transparent accounting of ACORN's activities" to the taxpayer."ACORN relies on taxpayer dollars, so it is accountable to the American people and must face them directly, promptly and openly about its alleged illegal activities," Alexander said.
Alexander (R-Tenn.) also supported an amendment passed by the Senate to block federal funding for ACORN in the appropriations bill that funds the Department of Interior, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other agencies. The amendment passed 85-11 and is similar to one that passed last week, which Alexander also supported, to prevent ACORN from receiving federal funding from the transportation and housing appropriations bill.
"Until ACORN makes a full account of every dime of taxpayer money it has spent and is fully cleared of its alleged illegal activity, it should not receive one more cent from the federal government," Alexander said.