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ACORN link exaggerated

Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, wants to revoke ACORN's tax-exempt status. But in making that case, Tiahrt doesn't need to follow the example of talk-radio hosts and exaggerate the link between ACORN and President Obama. In a statement Tiahrt read recently on the House floor, he claimed that ACORN was "the political machine of President Obama" and said that Obama paid ACORN more than $800,000 to "help him win the White House." But as determined, Obama has had minimal association with ACORN since he helped represent the group and other plaintiffs in a "motor-voter" case in 1995. Obama's campaign did pay ACORN $800,000 during the Democratic primary as part of a "get out the vote" effort. But that's 0.1 percent of the more than $700 million Obama spent during the 2008 campaign.