The decision by Congress to strip ACORN and its affiliates of funding in reaction to an embezzlement and mismanagement scandal is not an unconstitutional bill of attainder, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday.

The circuit vacated an injunction issued by Eastern District Judge Nina Gershon, who had found that Congress intended to punish ACORN by withholding appropriations to the activist group, the money that made up some 10 percent of the crippled organization’s national budget.

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