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Camp Applauds IRS Decision to Sever Ties with ACORN

September 23, 2009

Washington, D.C. – Ways and Means Ranking Member Dave Camp, (R-MI) and Charles Boustany, Jr. (R-LA), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Oversight, today issued the following statements after the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced it would terminate its relationship with ACORN:

Congressman Dave Camp stated, “It is clear ACORN was using taxpayer funds to encourage others to engage in cheating the tax code.  It was the ultimate insult to Americans who pay their taxes and expect their money to be used wisely.  The IRS made the right call and now it is time for the rest of the federal government to end any and all relationships with this corrupt organization.”

Congressman Boustany added, “As more evidence comes to light about some ACORN employees’ actions, the IRS is correct to cut ties to ACORN. Congress should still investigate ACORN’s tax assistance programs to determine how widespread the potential tax fraud was and to ensure taxpayer funds are not misused.  Low and moderate income individuals need help with tax filing, and I will continue to work to support those groups that operate responsibly.”

Last week, Camp, House Republican Leader John Boehner, and Republican Whip Eric Cantor sent a letter to the IRS asking that it sever all ties with ACORN.  In addition, House Republicans sent a letter to President Obama requesting that he use his authority to end all funding to and break all ties with ACORN.