TX-Gov: ACORN's “Proudest Moment” Involved Governor Rick Perry's Signature

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This is priceless.

From a 2005 story in the Houston Chronicle titled, “Advocate for affordable housing earns kudos in lending law reform” we learn that the group's proudest moment came courtesy of Rick Perry's signature (emphasis added):

By recruiting and mobilizing hundreds of poor and working-class Houstonians such as Olvera in the past two years, the Houston chapter of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, has raised its profile and earned the respect of local officials.

Its aggressive advocacy for affordable housing, tenant protections and other causes is making a difference.

The group's proudest moment came last week when Gov. Rick Perry signed a bill that makes important changes in the use of contracts-for-deed, a form of home lending that withholds a title from buyers until they have fully paid their loan.

Passage of the law, which will make it possible for buyers to convert their loans to traditional mortgages, was this year's top Texas legislative goal for ACORN, which represents 175,000 low- and moderate-income families in 51 U.S. cities.

Rick Perry has been stirring up the crazies this week by critiquing Senator Hutchison for not voting against ACORN in Congress. From Wayne Slater at the Dallas Morning News:

The Senate voted Monday to cut off funding for ACORN, the anti-poverty group that has become a target of the conservative talk radio and Fox TV. The vote was overwhelming, but Kay Bailey Hutchison didn't vote. And Rick Perry's campaign wants to know why.

Says Perry spokesman Mark Miner: “Less than one week after the Senate returned to work, Senator Hutchison skipped a key vote to prevent ACORN from receiving taxpayer funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This is yet another example of Senator Hutchison failing to protect the taxpayers of Texas. The Senator made time to vote for a $700 billion bailout for Wall Street, but when it came time to prevent tax dollars from going to a liberal activist group, she was nowhere to be found.”

The Texas Republican primary: your never-ending source for absurdity.

P.S. A hat tip to @boadiceatx & @TXFrontiersman for bringing this story to my attention on Twitter!


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Phillip Martin

Currently the Research and Policy Director for Progress Texas and the Texas Research Institute, Phillip Martin writes occasional long-form pieces for BOR that promote focused analysis and insight into Texas politics. Born and raised in Austin, Phillip started working in politics in 2003 and started writing on BOR in the summer of 2005. Phillip has worked for the Texas Democratic Trust, the Texas Legislative Study Group, and now the Progress Texas family. He is a lifelong Houston Astros fan, a loyal Longhorn, and loves swimming at Barton Springs Pool.


  1. Purely political post on RP
    The only reason RP signed that bill 5 years ago is that he was trying to get a loan to reopen the Chicken Ranch.  

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