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GOP watch: Spreading the wealth

"Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele has raised more money in the first seven months of his tenure than his Democratic counterpart, and he is spreading that wealth to Republicans around the country," The Hill writes. "According to Federal Election Commission (FEC) reports that run from Feb. 1, Steele's first full month as chairman, until the end of August, the RNC has a $6 million advantage, having raised $59.8 million. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) raised $53.5 million in the same period."

"ACORN, the embattled anti-poverty advocacy group, took another hit today. Joining the Census Bureau, the Internal Revenue Service announced it is severing its ties with ACORN, which had been included in a volunteer tax assistance program that offered free advice to about 3 million low- and moderate-income taxpayers. The IRS said ACORN, embroiled in a scandal after employees were captured on hidden-camera video giving advice to a couple posing as a prostitute and her pimp, provided help on about 25,000 returns. This afternoon, ACORN released a letter, dated Monday, from CEO Bertha Lewis to the IRS saying that it was suspending its tax assistance activities." 
 
ACORN though filed a lawsuit "suing conservative filmmakers James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles for secretly videotaping in their office." (Maryland, by the way, is what's called a two-party consent state when it comes to recording audio. In other words, both sides have to agree to allow recording to happen.) Here's the complaint.