A federal judge is once again telling Congress they must fund the controversial community organizing group ACORN, or Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.
Last year, Congress tried to block all federal funding of the group. However, U.S. District Judge Nina Gershon ruled that move as unconstitutional.
The Brooklyn judge said ACORN was punished by Congress without the proper means to decide if money had been handled properly. She said the harm to ACORN's reputation continues because the government never rescinded its advice to withhold funding after it was distributed to "hundreds, if not thousands, of recipients."
The government had asked the judge to change her mind. She has refused and has ordered all federal agencies to resume their funding. ACORN has recently been under investigation for voter registration fraud and embezzlement.
"The judge's ruling is a complete rebuke to the right wing's smear tactics that unfortunately Congress fell for," said Bill Quigley, legal director of the Center for Constitutional Rights. "This is why we have a system of checks and balances."