Updated: Could the Righties' Hatred of Acorn Take Down the Entire Military-Industrial-Media Complex?
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I haven't read the text of the legislation, but here's what Ryan Grim is reporting over at Huffpo ...
Going after ACORN may be like shooting fish in a barrel lately -- but jumpy lawmakers used a bazooka to do it last week and may have blown up some of their longtime allies in the process.
The congressional legislation intended to defund ACORN, passed with broad bipartisan support, is written so broadly that it applies to "any organization" that has been charged with breaking federal or state election laws, lobbying disclosure laws, campaign finance laws or filing fraudulent paperwork with any federal or state agency. It also applies to any of the employees, contractors or other folks affiliated with a group charged with any of those things.
Grim concludes that the legislation "could plausibly defund the entire military-industrial complex."
Boy-howdy, could it ever ...
Joshua Holland is an editor and senior writer at AlterNet.