Bret Baier (Fox News) is just reporting that the Census Department has cut all ties with ACORN including preparation for or execution of the Census.
Major Garrett (Fox News) twitter account:
Breaking: Census director tells ACORN in letter all ties to group being severed for data collection as part of 2010 census.
Via Michelle Malkin:
The letter sent by Robert Groves, US Department of Commerce to Maude Hurd, ACORN President states in part:
The Census Bureau has established criteria for partnerships, which are listed on our Web site at <www.censtis.gov>, and reserves the right to decline partnership or to
terminate an existing partnership agreement with any group that 1) may create a negative connotation for the Census Bureau; 2) could distract from the Census Bureau’s mission; or, 3) may make people fearful of participating in the census.
To that end, and in keeping with the standards we shared with your organization and others who volunteered to partner with the Census Bureau to help promote the 2010 Census, we are today terminating our Partnership Agreement with ACORN.
Over the last several months, through ongoing communication with our regional offices, it is clear that ACORN’s affiliation with 2010 Census promotion has caused sufficient concern in the general public, has indeed become a distraction from our mission, and may even become a discouragement to public cooperation, negatively impacting 2010 Census efforts.
While not decisive factors in this decision, recent events concerning several local offices of ACORN have added to the worsening negative perceptions of ACORN and its affiliation with our partnership efforts.
Unfortunately, we no longer have confidence that our national partnership agreement is being effectively managed through your many local offices. For the reasons stated, we therefore have decided to terminate the partnership.
We still have a long way to go to rid ourselves of this criminal organization – but this is progress…………..