The ranking member of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee released video today showing then-candidate Obama praising the work of ACORN.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) unveiled the video during an appearance at the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) today. Issa's staff uncovered the footage during their ongoing probe into ACORN, who conservatives long made a boogeyman.

In the video, Obama, at the time a candidate for the Democratic nomination in 2008, tells ACORN they "have a friend in me."

“You know what, you've got a friend in me," he says. "And I definitely welcome ACORN's input. You don't have to ask me about that, I'm going to call you, even if you, if you didn't ask me."