ACORN leader: No public money received from Miss.

JACKSON — A review of state financial records revealed Mississippi paid $7,035 last year to ACORN, a group now criticized for its activities in other states.

State fiscal officer Kevin Upchurch said Tuesday that the money was paid by the state Department of Health in September 2008 for a childhood lead prevention program.

The review by the Department of Finance and Administration showed no state money is going this year to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.

Mississippi’s Republican governor, Haley Barbour, ordered the review of state contracts last week.

Some ACORN employees in other states recently were caught on videotape giving advice to a woman posing as a prostitute and to a man posing as her pimp about cheating on taxes and operating a brothel with underage girls.

The Associated Press

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