Monday, February 22, 2010

Empty on funding, ACORN shutters across country

Some good news for a change.  Politico reports that the national organization formerly known as ACORN is dissolving:
The embattled liberal group ACORN is in the process of dissolving its national structure, with state and local-chapters splitting off from the underfunded, controversial national group, an official close to the group confirmed.

"ACORN has dissolved as a national structure of state organizations," said a senior official close to the group, who declined to be identified by name because of the fierce conservative attacks on the group that began when a conservative filmmaker caught some staffers of its tax advisory arms on tape appearing to offer advice on incorporating a prostitution business.

The videos proved a rallying point for conservatives who had long accused the group of fomenting voting fraud. Though the videos did not produce criminal charges, they appear to have been fatal to the national organization.

"Consistent with what the internal recommendations have been, each of the states are developing plans for reconstitution independence and self-sufficiency," said the official, citing ACORN's "diminished resources, damage to the brand, unprecedented attacks."
The "unprecedented attacks" is a reference to the undercover sting operations conducted by independent filmmakers James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles which exposed ACORN employees' willingness to assist a pimp in setting up a brothel exploiting underage illegal girls.  Andrew Breitbart published the undercover videos on his website Big Government.

City Hall News has more here.

Big Government has the following quote from Representative Steve King (R-IA), a member of the House Judiciary Committee on the ACORN developments:
“This is not surprising news. ACORN must change its name in order to try and run ahead of the accountability that is catching up with this corrupt organization.

“Even though the one party controlled federal government is using its resources to protect ACORN, entrepreneurial new media investigators and state attorneys general are tightening the noose. Dissolving its national brand does not change ACORN’s faces nor ACORN’s crimes. This organization specializes in subterfuge, but ACORN cannot outrun the wheels of justice that are catching up with this corrupt criminal enterprise.”
Thank you, James O'Keefe, Hannah Giles and Andrew Breitbart.  You are true patriots.  Keep up the good work.

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