The drive to cut off non-existent funding

THE DRIVE TO CUT OFF NON-EXISTENT FUNDING…. It looks like we’re seeing the start of a new trend.

This week, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) announced that he’s ordered all state agencies to “stop all state funding” of ACORN. That wasn’t exactly a bold decision — ACORN doesn’t get any state funding in Minnesota. Pawlenty was “stopping” something that never “started,” almost certainly to score a few cheap points with right-wing activists.

A potential rival to Pawlenty for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) has decided to do the exact same thing. (via Eric Kleefeld)

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal issued an executive order to keep any state money from going to the controversy-wracked Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, which has its national headquarters in New Orleans.

According to the state’s Division of Administration, no state agencies have existing contracts with ACORN.

The Louisiana Republican Party’s press release boasted that Jindal is “ending funding of ACORN.”

Coming soon to a “red” state near you.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.