Side Effect

ACORN Bill Hurts Military Contractors?

Could Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Raytheon become casualties of the law of unintended consequences? A House bill meant to de-fund the nonprofit group ACORN in the wake of hidden-camera videos showing the group’s employees chatting criminally with a fake pimp and prostitute might have farther-reaching consequences than intended. Florida Rep. Alan Grayson, a Democrat, says that, yes, ACORN must be held to a high standard, but “there are bigger fish to fry.” The bill in question bans federal contracts with "any organization that has filed a fraudulent form with any federal or state regulatory agency." That, Grayson says, is “like a who's who of government contracting." KBR, for example, installed faulty wiring on military bases that led to a Green Beret’s death, ruled by the Army a “negligent homicide.”