Acorn intimidating banks
The report also alleges that ACORN has an illegal agreement with the union powerhouse SEIU -- a partnership that Republicans say is criminal and has been used to target political candidates, pressure banks and to threaten public officials with litigation to extract political compromises at the expense of taxpayers.
For example, ACORN has issued membership letters showing which banks caved in to the group's pressure, created political plans targeting congressional districts to get sympathetic candidates elected and sent e-mails and legal complaints reflecting ACORN's ability to coerce and compel public officials to meet certain demands.
In the debate over the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the media repeatedly claimed that the bill contained language to funnel money to fund ACORN.
However, the act does not mention ACORN or otherwise single it out for receiving funding, and ACORN itself has said that it is ineligible for the funds and has no plans to apply for them.
While looking through them, she found there were over 75,000 files related to mapping (creating) gerrymandering districts and correspondence with Republican groups about how to get those maps into use.
She turned the files over to Common Cause, a group fighting against gerrymandered maps in North Carolina.
"ACORN's efforts over the years to promote living wages, responsible homeownership and voter participation are not only legal, they have improved the lives of working families nationwide."The report alleges that ACORN, which stands for Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, contributed to the risky lending that led to the financial collapse by intimidating banks into lowering mortgage lending standards, becoming one of the few entities to profit from the subsequent misery.North Carolina Republicans held a supermajority in both the house and Senate.