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Lawmaker sought state funding for ACORN

September 21, 2009

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The national controversy surrounding ACORN has reawakened criticism of the group’s dealings in Florida, including a closer examination of Rep. Scott Randolph’s ties to the organization.

In 2007, Randolph sought $50,000 in state funding for the controversial group. Furthermore, records show the request came while Randolph’s wife was working as a lobbyist for the organization, adding fuel to the proverbial firestorm surrounding ACORN in Florida.

In a statement to the Miami Herald, Randolph said, “I’m still waiting for Republicans to put the statements out about reviewing [funding obtained by former House Speakers] Ray Sansom and Marco Rubio. I would support them 100 percent in reviewing every single entity that has gotten state funding. To single out one organization just shows the lack of sincerity.”

ACORN Florida director Stephanie Porta called questions about Randolph “disgusting” and blasted Rubio’s questioning this week of Gov. Charlie Crist, who has met with ACORN members to address the foreclosure crisis.

Florida lawmaker tried to get funding for ACORN while wife was lobbyist [Miami Herald]

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