An inquiry and a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by the watchdog group, Cause of Action (CoA) reveals a federal investigation into misuse of Obamacare funds used to help recruit for United Labor Unions Local 100 (ULU) which is associated with the SEIU. The money had been granted to Southern United Neighborhoods (SUN) aka (ACORN). After their request under the FOIA was reviewed, CoA received the following letter:
“Your request as to the disposition of your complaint poses a question, which is outside the scope of the Freedom of Information Act, through which individuals may request records. However, we conducted a search for records relative to your request and were informed there was an open and ongoing investigation concerning this matter.”
After conducting their own investigation, CoA determined there was reason to suspect the money was misused and the FOIA request was filed in hopes of confirming their suspicions. This prompted them to request that the Obamacare Inspector General to investigate both the ULU and SUN after it was discovered that a former worker had sued for overtime admitted that he had recruited for Obamacare, then was sent out to recruit mostly hospital workers for the ULU.
“On June 16, 2014, plaintiffs Cedric Anthony (‘Anthony’) filed a class action lawsuit seeking damages for unpaid overtime against SUN and ULU under the Fair Labor Standards Act.”
“Anthony alleges he was initially employed by SUN as an ACA federal navigator, visiting community events and enrolling individuals in healthcare,” the letter continued. “In addition to these duties at SUN, Anthony alleges that he was directed to recruit members for the ULU by visiting schools to register cafeteria workers for the union.”
“SUN and ULU admit that Anthony was employed by ULU. They deny, however, that Anthony was employed by SUN.”
What I think the investigation should be focusing on is why is the federal government handing out grants to SUN and NeighborWorks America. These are actually ACORN, who happens to be banned from receiving federal grants. Maybe they have a friend in high places, like the oval office?
CoA President Dan Epstein told the Daily Caller:
“Cause of Action uncovered that ObamaCare navigator funds were not only funneled to an ACORN-related entity, but were potentially misused to support union activities at the behest of ACORN founder Wade Rathke.”
“On the basis of Cause of Action’s request for an investigation, the Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services disclosed that there is ‘an open and ongoing investigation’ concerning the use of the navigator funds,” he continued. “It’s encouraging to hear that HHS is conducting a probe to ensure taxpayer dollars are used appropriately, and not to enrich ACORN’s political interests.”
Now, let’s see what they do with this.
Courtesy of Red Statements.