Governor Barbour

September 21, 2009


Governor Haley Barbour issued an executive order today stripping any state funds away from an advocacy group tied to illicit activities in at least one other state and already cut off from federal funds.

The executive order, delivered to the Secretary of State’s Office Monday afternoon, seeks to shut off taxpayer dollars to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now – known by the acronym “ACORN.”

“I have instructed the State Fiscal Officer to conduct a comprehensive review of the state’s relationship with ACORN, and all state agencies are to cut off funding for any current contracts with ACORN to the extent the law permits,” Governor Barbour said.

Mississippi joins a growing list of states severing ties to the group after a video was released showing employees in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Brooklyn, N.Y., advising two undercover activists posing as a pimp and a prostitute to lie about the prostitute’s profession, suggested they launder the money and advised how to hide underage prostitutes.

The U.S. Census Bureau also dropped the organization as a community partner after the news of the sting surfaced.

ACORN is being investigated by at least 20 states, and the Internal Revenue Service is conducting a review of its relationship with the group.