Misinformation on Census Could Cost Nevadans Tens of Millions of Dollars in Federal Funding
Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller Says ACORN Not a Part of Census Outreach in Nevada or in Federal Efforts
(Carson City, NV; 1/5/10) – The completely erroneous notion that ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) is in any way involved in the 2010 Census in Nevada or nationally could hamper Nevada’s efforts to achieve a full count, and cost the state tens of millions of dollars in federal funding, according to Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller. Persistent rumors of ACORN’s involvement in U.S. Census efforts have circulated recently, with one mass-circulated email telling recipients, “Let's make sure that ACORN isn't the only organization with people collecting our census information!” as reported in the Ralston Flash, January 4, 2010. ACORN has no official or sanctioned involvement in the national census or in Nevada’s census outreach campaign.
“The deliberate dissemination of this misinformation suggests that the involvement of ACORN would somehow taint the census process, and could cause some people to not respond to the census, thereby costing Nevadans tens of millions of dollars in federal funding,” said Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller. “We estimate that for every one-percent of Nevadans not counted in the 2010 Census, Nevada could lose $24 million per year in federal funding. This is an ill-conceived attempt to politicize an effort that should be viewed as an opportunity for all Nevadans to improve our quality of life. I can’t imagine why anyone would do something so grossly irresponsible.”
“The federal relationship notwithstanding, it’s ridiculous to think that my office would be using ACORN for any purpose. It was my office that conducted the voter registration investigation and served search warrants on ACORN in October, 2008, resulting in felony charges being filed against the group and some of its members. To suggest that my office would subsequently use ACORN for an outreach program of any sort defies logic.”
The director of the U.S. Census Bureau sent a letter to the national president of ACORN in September 2009, in which he severed any relationship between ACORN and the Census. In the letter, Census Director Robert M. Groves stated “…we no longer have confidence that our national partnership agreement is being effectively managed through your many local offices…we therefore have decided to terminate the partnership.”
At no time during preparations for the 2010 Census has the State of Nevada had any relationship with ACORN, or discussed the possibility of any such relationship.