“First step in right direction, but watch for other groups”
SLF APPLAUDS CENSUS BUREAU TIE-SEVERING WITH ACORN
(Atlanta, GA/Sept. 14, 2009): Southeastern Legal Foundation (SLF) today praised U.S. Bureau of the Census Director Robert Groves for severing ties with ACORN in light of recent nationally profiled legal outrages.
SLF, which is currently monitoring federal preparations for the 2010 Census in light of its successful 1999 U.S. Supreme Court case protecting the integrity of the decennial census from Clinton administration plans to use statistical sampling rather than the ‘actual enumeration’ head count required by the U.S. Constitution, will be reviewing information disclosed by the Census Bureau and White House in Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests issued last month.
“We call on Director Groves and congressional leadership to thoroughly sift the remaining 300 ‘partners’ of the Census Bureau to ensure that ACORN-like patterns of election law violations and financial fraud are equally disqualifying,” said Shannon L. Goessling, SLF executive director and chief legal counsel. “The cornerstone of representative democracy – the 10-year census – must be vigilantly protected against those who would politicize it on the front end, or manipulate it on the back end, as with statistical sampling.”
According to Goessling, SLF is prepared to return to court to prohibit the use of statistical sampling or modeling in lieu of a complete head count for purposes of the Census-based apportionment of Congress among the states.