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Huffington Post: Darrell Issa Seeks Probe Of New York Group Tied To Defunct ACORN

-By Michael McAuliff

November 7, 2011- Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, is pushing for a federal probe of a New York City community organization based on a Fox News report that accused the organization of improperly aiding the Occupy Wall Street movement and linked the group to the now defunct ACORN.

A year after Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now filed for bankruptcy, conservative fascination with the group hasn't waned. And recently, Fox has charged that New York Communities for Change -- which uses office space and some staff that the ACORN used to have, according to Fox -- solicited donations from union members to secretly support Occupy Wall Street.

Now Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa has decided the anonymously sourced stories warrant an investigation from United States Attorney Loretta Lynch, who oversees the Eastern District of New York.

NYCC, which has adamantly denied the Fox stories, offered a blistering response to Issa, calling him a "hatchet man" for Fox News.

"Issa, who famously declared that he wanted to hold a hearing a week for forty weeks when he took over the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has largely come up empty," said Jean Sassine, treasurer and a board member of NYCC. "[He's] now scraping the bottom of the barrel, wasting Americans taxpayer money chasing baseless rumors fed to him by Rupert Murdoch."

"It's unfortunate but we expect nothing less from Issa, Murdoch and FOX.”