Monday, February 23, 2009
ACORN AFL-CIO CONNECTION
YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK
ACORN board member Minister Hattie Daniels talks about their work to help pass the Employee Free Choice Act.
“My name is Minister Hattie Daniels. I am a member of SEIU. I am a member of ACORN. And I am a member In Faith [sic].
And with these three organizations for the last two years we’ve been getting out into the community, flying churches [sic], talking to churches. Talking to other community groups about the Employee Free Choice Act.
And I really feel – I’m really glad that this is out here because you know so many people in Arkansas [are] anti-union. And they really – I don’t know if they [are] anti-union or whether they are afraid that they’re going to get fired if they talk about a union.
So we’re just doing everything we can to get this passed so people will be able to join a union.”
As we have noted oft before, ACORN and the SEIU (the Service Employees International Union) are joined at the hip – almost literally since they regularly share the same address and phone number.
Once again, remember that ACORN is a 501c3 non-partisan “charity.”
They are not supposed to be using their tax exempt status and government funding for political purposes.
From the IRS’s Guidelines:
Political and Lobbying Activities
(Adapted from IRS Publication 1828, Tax Guide for Churches and Religious Organizations- February 2004)
In general, no organization may qualify for section 501(c)(3) status if a substantial part of its activities is attempting to influence legislation (commonly known as lobbying). A 501(c)(3) organization may engage in some lobbying, but too much lobbying activity risks loss of tax-exempt status.
Legislation includes action by Congress, any state legislature, any local council, or similar governing body, with respect to acts, bills, resolutions, or similar items (such as legislative confirmation of appointive office), or by the public in referendum, ballot initiative, constitutional amendment, or similar procedure. It does not include actions by executive, judicial, or administrative bodies.
An organization will be regarded as attempting to influence legislation if it contacts, or urges the public to contact, members or employees of a legislative body for the purpose of proposing, supporting, or opposing legislation, or if the organization advocates the adoption or rejection of legislation.
And yet they do so, shamelessly.
And they really – I don’t know if they are anti-union or whether they are afraid that they’re going to get fired if they talk about a union.
Never mind that “Card Check” is designed to achieve exactly the opposite effect.
Who is going to vote against the union if their vote will be known? Who wants to have their tires slashed or worse?
But ACORN claims it is just the opposite. And they play upon the ignorance of their audience.
After all, they have do the bidding of their masters in the unions and the DNC.