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ACORN Chapters Try To Rename, Rebrand

From their undaunted fans at the Associated Press:

In this photo taken, March 12, 2010, in Chicago, Michael Shea, Executive Director of Affordable Housing Centers of America, formally known as ACORN Housing poses next to the organization’s new sign.

ACORN branches rename, rebrand after video scandal

By MICHAEL TARM (AP)

March 15, 2010

CHICAGO — Affiliates of the once mighty liberal activist group ACORN are remaking themselves in a desperate bid to ditch the tarnished name of their parent organization and restore federal grants and other revenue streams that ran dry in the wake of a video scandal.

The letters A, C, O, R and N are coming off office doors from New York to California. Business cards are being reprinted. New signs with new names are popping up in front of offices.

The breakaways are trying to shed the scandal that emerged six months ago when videos showed some ACORN workers giving tax tips to conservative activists posing as a pimp and prostitute. But while their names are different, most groups have kept the same offices and staff

Even the national office of ACORN, or the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, doesn’t blame affiliates for bolting from under its umbrella — conceding its entire 40-state network has been devastated by what backers characterize as right-wing attacks.

"It is true that these range of attacks do damage to your brand and your good name," said Kevin Whelan, ACORN’s communication’s director. "The other reality is that we are starting to win some vindication on the facts. But vindication doesn’t necessarily pay the rent." …

On Wednesday, a U.S. judge reiterated an earlier ruling that the federal law blacklisting ACORN and groups allied with it was unconstitutional because it singled them out. That doesn’t mean any money will automatically be restored, however.

For years, ACORN could draw on 400,000 members to lobby for liberal causes, such as raising the minimum wage or adopting universal health care. Locally, its activists pushed city officials to fix broken street lights and it pressured banks to offer more favorable loans to low-income Americans

Thanks again, ACORN, for our financial meltdown.

There’s a chance the national group could disband, and it, too, may consider changing its name…

One of the latest groups to adopt a new name is ACORN Housing, long one of the best-funded affiliates. Now, the group is calling itself the Affordable Housing Centers of America.

Others changing their names include what were among the largest affiliates: California ACORN is now Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, and New York ACORN has become New York Communities for Change. More are expected to follow suit.

The housing affiliate has lost more than most. The federal cutoff slashed its budget 75 percent, from $24 million in 2009 to $6 million in 2010. It’s closed half of its 33 offices, cut half its 250 staff and reduced numbers of low-income families it gives financial advice to from 20,000 to 10,000.

Soon to be restored, thanks to radical left Democrat appointed mullahs on the federal bench.

An unadorned paper sign with the new name was taped at the entrance of the group’s Chicago headquarters on a recent afternoon. But much else is unchanged: The new group is in the same offices; and the head of the old group, Mike Shea, is the head of the new one.

Still, insisted Shea, "We really have no relationship with ACORN whatsoever." …

As Al Gore once observed, ‘a zebra cannot change its spots.’ (Of course liberals tried this when they began calling themselves ‘progressives.’)

Still, once the federal money begins to flow again into its coffers, all will be forgotten.

And everything will be exactly the same as ever – or worse.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, March 15th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “ACORN Chapters Try To Rename, Rebrand”

  1. Reality Bytes says:

    “We’re Acron!” Cause Hitler Youth was already taken.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    In this photo taken, March 12, 2010, in Chicago, Michael Shea, >……….< poses next to the organization’s new sign.

    “See? I’m wearing a tie. That means you can trust me in a non-threatening white-guy kind of way.”

    • Reality Bytes says:

      The guy could pass for a midwestern white racist – er, I mean Insurance company executive.

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    In other news ACORN has changed its name to the vastly different AKORN.

    “New name, same great service”

  4. proreason says:

    I suggest they change the name to Marxist Revotionaries, Inc.

    Once the American people learn what is in it, they’ll love it.

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      May we add “Lying and Thieving” to Marxist Revolutionaries and “Supported With Your Tax Dollars, Inc” or would that be too additionally honest???

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      Or, gosh .. maybe just plain old “BOB”. Yeah .. B.O.B. .. Buddies of Barack. BOB!

  5. Right of the People says:

    A pile of crap by any other name still stinks and is still a pile of crap.

  6. Liberals Demise says:

    When you polish a turd…….
    ………it is still a turd!!
    (with or without a tie)


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