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Thursday, January 29, 2009
Newsmax Repeats False ACORN Stimulus Claim
Topic: Newsmax

A Jan. 29 Newsmax article repeats the false claim that President Obama's stimulus plan includes a "proposal to give $4.2 billion to ACORN."

As we detailed the last time Newsmax made this claim, the stimulus plan does not even mention ACORN by name, let alone allocate money to the group. 

UPDATE: David Patten dials back the lie a bit in another Jan. 29 Newsmax article, claiming that the $4.19 billion "allows nonprofits to compete with cities and states for $3.44 billion of the money, which means a substantial amount of it will be captured by ACORN, the controversial activist group the FBI is investigating for vote fraud." But that appears to be a lie as well: According to ACORN's Bertha Lewis, "Since it is set aside for non-profit housing developers to help purchase, rehab, and resell foreclosed properties, we aren't eligible for it in the first place."

Patten appears to be too content regurgitating Republican talking points that he won't do any actual reporting. 

Posted by Terry K. at 11:19 AM EST
Updated: Thursday, January 29, 2009 1:45 PM EST

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