WASHINGTON. D.C. – House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) called ACORN’s self-professed characterization that they are “bringing its operations to a close” as just another deceptive tactic designed to further their scheme of obtaining dollars, private and taxpayer, for the primary purpose of advancing a radical political agenda.
“Just as criminals change their aliases, ACORN is changing its name,” said Issa. “But make no mistake about it, just because they change their name, doesn’t mean anything has really changed at all. As this most recent presidential election has showed us, just because you profess change, doesn’t mean you’re going to change. The bottom line is, whatever they decide to call themselves, they are still the same corporation with the same board, staff and people. Ultimately, the real question is aside from their name, what is really going to change?”
On Sunday March 21, 2010, the ACORN Board met to discuss closing down its state affiliates and field offices. ACORN is in the process of renaming many of its state and local offices but keeping the same employees and Tax Identification Numbers. For example, Affordable Housing Centers of America was formerly ACORN Housing. The new corporation has the same Tax Identification Number and Employee Identification Number as ACORN Housing, which received millions of dollars in funding from HUD.