House GOP report calls ACORN 'criminal enterprise'

House Republicans are calling the community organizing group ACORN a "criminal enterprise" in a new report released Thursday.

A report issued by the Republican members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee found that ACORN (the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now) "deliberately engaged systemic fraud" in its work, and should be subject to a criminal investigation by the Department of Justice.

The report accuses the organization of embezzlements, investment fraud, cover-ups, and "a conspiracy to defraud the United States by using taxpayer funds for partisan political activities."

"There are number of legitimate questions raised about the political activities and organizational structure of ACORN," said Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the top Republican on the committee. "This report is about getting to the truth and when there are significant accusations and questions outstanding regarding an organization that has benefited from millions of taxpayer dollars, those questions should be answered and the truth should be brought to light.