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ACORN Dumped 20K Docs Before AG Visit

From NBC Los Angeles:

ACORN Docs Pulled from Dumpster

Mon, Nov 23, 2009

As Derrick Roach tells it, it was either luck or Divine intervention. His version of events may be hard to believe for ACORN supporters but the former Republican state assembly candidate believes something drew him to the dumpster behind the ACORN office in National City on the night of Friday, Oct. 9.

Roach recalled the moment he discovered thousands of ACORN documents simply bagged up and thrown in the trash.

He was driving home, he explained Monday, when a thought occurred to him to put his skills to use.

Roach, who describes himself as a local private investigator concerned about what was happening in his neighborhood, told how he “came by” the ACORN office and “observed some individuals in the office and also observed the individual dumping documents into the dumpster around the corner,” he said.

“I came back later that evening, after business hours, and from an unsecured dumpster removed those documents and they have been in my possession since,” he said.

The documents, which filled Roach’s vehicle, numbered close to 20,000 according to Tony Krvaric, chairman of the Republican Party of San Diego County.

“This is a massive data breach at the very least of individuals who come to ACORN for help and assistance,” said Krvaric. “To have their information, tax returns, immigration documents thrown in the trash like common trash is absolutely an affront to every San Diegan.”

“[ACORN] cannot be trusted to be helping people here,” Krvaric said.

When reached for comment, Amy Schur of ACORN’s state office, explained why the paperwork was in the trash.

"In early October, when our San Diego staff were doing an office clean-up in preparation for a major 10-station phone bank program being set up in our offices, it appears that included in the piles of garbage being thrown out may have been some documents containing private information," Schur wrote in an e-mail to NBCSanDiego. "To the individuals whose paperwork was pulled out of the dumpster by this guy Derrick Roach – unsuccessful Republican candidate for State Rep in San Diego – we truly apologize. We will seek return of this information so that we may give proper notice of the compromising of the information as required by law."

When asked about ACORN’s policy for disposing of sensitive documents, Schur said, "It is ACORN’s policy to shred documents with personal information at the point when they no longer need to be retained."

Roach, who told reporters Monday that he has not been hired by the Republican Party of San Diego, said he has shared some of the documents with various law enforcement agencies.

“I have been specifically asked by certain government officials to not release some of the documents,” he said. He could not identify those officials at this time.

For Krvaric, the main question is what is the California State Attorney’s General doing about this discovery?

“We have nothing to indicate the attorney general is conducting a thorough, fair, without fear or favor investigation,” said Krvaric. “They’ve not stated anything. Clearly there are documents that they’re missing because of this document dump that occurred only six days prior to the attorney general coming into town.”

They have not heard from Attorney General Jerry Brown’s office, according to Krvaric. He would like Brown’s office to contact him.

“The question is was ACORN tipped off as to when and where or when the attorney general would be arriving?” Krvaric asked.

Schur confirms the ACORN office was aware of Brown’s upcoming visit but said that did not prompt the removal of thousands of documents.

"Absolutely not. Our files were not part of the scope of the visit by the Attorney General’s office, and the majority of what was thrown out was junk – old leaflets, newsletters, etc… It looks like our staff were careless and some documents with personal information were included in the piles of garbage," Schur wrote.

In a written statement, Evan Westrup wrote "The Attorney General’s Office has contacted the office of the individual who allegedly recovered these documents and has requested that he turn over all information which he believes relates to a violation of law or otherwise relates to our investigation."

"There is absolutely no truth to the assertion that the Attorney General’s Office has come to any conclusions or that the investigation is complete. This investigation, like all investigations conducted by the Attorney General’s Office, will be fair, comprehensive and independent."

Roach smiled when he discussed how he happened to be in the right place at the right time for the discovery. He credited both luck and God at times during Monday’s news conference.

“This was an investigator’s dream to get information like this,” said Roach who did run for the California State Assembly 79th District Seat in 2008

Notice how even in this article every effort is made to cast aspersions on the investigator.

But of course Mr. Roach had uncovered some untoward actions by Republicans he would be a hero.

And we would never hear a word about his political background or leanings

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, November 24th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “ACORN Dumped 20K Docs Before AG Visit”

  1. proreason says:

    We are at the point in the demise of our country where the “authorities” merit the same amount of trust as Acorn does.

    It seems to me that the real justice today is coming from Breitbart, Beck, Hannitey and individuals like Derrick Roach.

    Kudos to him.

  2. wardmama4 says:

    Oh wow – come on one of you ACORN ‘assisted’ non-persons – SUE the Pants off of them for being so ‘careless’ with your vital information.

    These are the people ‘entrusted’ to help the least of us, you know ‘the little guys’ and they conveniently dump 20k documents with personal info just days before an AG inspection?!?

    Careless my a** – Criminal is more apt.

  3. Georgfelis says:

    I love how Acorn’s statement translates out as “Obviously since it would be illegal for us to dispose of documents with Personally Identifiable Information on them in this fashion, somebody we will fire soon must have mistakenly disposed of this 500 pounds of paper by accident. Please return it to us immediately without showing it to the public or any law enforcement personnel, and we promise we might not sue you.”

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