CFC refers to the Combined Federal Campaign, which bills itself as “the world’s largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign.” CFC is a federally administered program that channels donations from federal civilian, postal and military employees into causes deemed worthwhile. It is unclear how much money the ACORN network receives through CFC.
After the undercover prostitution sting videos emerged in September, Grassley, senior Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, asked the IRS to probe ACORN – and asked that ACORN be dropped from the CFC. Grassley has long been known as Capitol Hill’s foremost policeman of the nonprofit community.
Grassley sent a letter to IRS Commissioner Douglas H. Shulman and a separate letter to John Berry, Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Both letters are available here.
In the letter to Berry, he asked that the ACORN Institute “and any other ACORN affiliates, particularly any of those reviewed by my staff, be prohibited from participating in the CFC. The acts perpetrated by ACORN employees were impermissible and should not be supported with CFC dollars.”