Following the arrest of 11 ACORN workers in Miami last week, Floridians have been waiting with baited breath for Gov. Charlie Crist to condemn ACORN’s illegal activities.
The matter reached critical mass on Thursday, after Crist received a barrage of criticism about his relationship with ACORN, along with hundreds of phone calls and letters from angry citizens, including Crist’s U.S. Senate primary opponent former speaker of the Florida House Marco Rubio.
“Based on the mounting evidence against ACORN and the serious questions surrounding this organization, I respectfully ask that you follow the lead of the other elected officials I mentioned above and take immediate steps to initiate a thorough investigation into ACORN’s activities in Florida, including a detailed accounting of what state funds, if any, ACORN may be receiving.” said Rubio.
Rubio is referring to actions taken by Governors Pawlenty, Schwarzenegger and Jindal, whom have already issued executive orders to end state funding of ACORN.
“If it is discovered that they are receiving state funds, I believe further steps should be taken to cut off any taxpayer funding of ACORN.” said Rubio.
Crist fired back with this press release.
Thank you for contacting Governor Charlie Crist. The Governor appreciates your concerns about the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) and asked that I respond on his behalf.
According to the Governor’s Budget Director ACORN has not received taxpayer funds through the legislative appropriation process.
As you may know, an investigation began in July 2008 into allegations of voter registration fraud. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has been deeply involved in this investigation. Thanks to Florida’s voter verification laws there is no evidence of fraudulent voter registrations resulting in unverified individuals being permitted to vote.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact Governor Crist.
Office of Citizen Services
But Crist doesn’t address the matter of the federal stimulus dollars, which were allocated from the executive branch and superseded the state legislature.
We’re still waiting for Gov. Charlie Crist to assure Floridian’s that no stimulus money that congress gave to benefit Florida is being spent on ACORN. But Crist won’t tell.