Resource: An Attack on the Rights of the Poor, Working Class: ACORN v. United States of America

By: Center for Constitutional Rights

March 8, 2011

Center for Constitutional Rights

In November 2009, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed ACORN v. United States of America on behalf of ACORN, ACORN Institute, Inc. and New York ACORN Housing Company, Inc. in the U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York. CCR filed ACORN v. USA in order to stop Congress from cutting ACORN’s federal funds. In March 2010, a federal judge found the Congressional ACORN funding ban unconstitutional and ordered the U.S. Government and several federal agencies to rescind orders cutting off funding to ACORN and its affiliates and allies.

The U.S. Government appealed this order, and in August 2010, a 3-judge panel of the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the decision of the District Court. After an unsuccessful attempt to obtain en banc review from the entire Second Circuit, in February 2011 CCR petitioned the United States Supreme Court to hear the case.