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McHenry Seeks Response from Census Bureau regarding ACORN
Initial inquiry goes unacknowledged

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Washington, Jun 19, 2009 -

Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and National Archives, has sent a second correspondence to the U.S. Census Bureau regarding its partnership with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).


On May 11th, Congressman McHenry sent his initial inquiry on this matter.  The Bureau has failed to respond.


The involvement of ACORN, an organization with a history of falsifying government documents, threatens the integrity and accuracy of the 2010 Decennial Census.  ACORN continues to recruit its employees to serve as census takers.


“I respectfully request a written explanation to Congress detailing why ACORN’s involvement is so essential that the Bureau must bend its own rules to allow it,” stated Congressman McHenry.


The letter reads as follows:


Mr. Thomas L. Mesenbourg

Acting Director

U.S. Census Bureau

4600 Silver Hill Road

Suitland, MD 20746


Dear Mr. Mesenbourg:


On May 11, 2009, Members of the Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and National Archives sent a letter to the Census Bureau requesting written explanation for the continued involvement of the criminally-charged Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) in 2010 Census operations.  To date, we have not received a response from the Bureau on this matter.


Please submit the requested information to the Subcommittee as soon as possible.  Should you have any questions or require any additional information, please contact Chapin Fay at (202) 225-5074.  




                                                                        Patrick T. McHenry                                         

                                                                        Ranking Member                                             

            Subcommittee on Information Policy,           

            Census, and National Archives




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