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Joy! Acorn Will Continue Its Noble Work

From a cheering New York Times:

Acorn Says It Continues Its Work

By IAN URBINA

April 2, 2010

After months of budget problems and criticism from the right, the community organizing group Acorn plans to release a letter next week clarifying its path forward and stating that its local chapters may be closed, but the national organization is alive and well.

“You will continue to hear from Acorn — in the mail, on the Web, and in the media,” says the letter, a draft of which was provided to The New York Times. “And we need your continued support to counter the vicious antifamily, antiminority, anti-immigrant attacks of the Republican right.”

The letter, which says the organization will continue working for health care reform, immigration reform and affordable housing, comes after Acorn announced last month its plans to close all of its local chapters and field operations by April 1.

Acorn has faced a drastic drop in federal money and foundation support after a video sting was publicized last fall. In at least one of the undercover videos, Acorn employees were shown advising a young conservative activist, who posed as a prostitute, how to conceal her criminal activities in the course of trying to buy a house.

The letter, which will be sent to the 120,000 or so members on Acorn’s e-mail list and to tens of thousands of dues-paying members, says that in many of the states where Acorn’s local chapters closed, 16 new, independent but allied organizations have been formed to continue grass-roots organizing.

The letter also comes on the heels of a report this week by Representative Darrell Issa of California, the top Republican on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, alleging that the newly constituted organizations have actually not severed ties to the old Acorn chapters.

“Acorn is attempting to rebrand itself without instituting real reforms or removing senior leadership figures that need to be held accountable for wrongdoing,” Representative Issa said. “These newly renamed organizations are like career criminals who adopt aliases without changing their criminal lifestyles.”

The new organizations have not used Acorn money, according to an internal document distributed by Acorn and obtained by The Times. The document says that new organizations are using local lawyers and accountants, none of whom were involved with Acorn before, and their boards of directors are composed mostly of non-Acorn members.

Of course we never doubted it for a minute.

You can’t keep a good criminal organization down.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, April 4th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Joy! Acorn Will Continue Its Noble Work”

  1. canary says:

    ACORN realised if they filing bankruptsy they’d finally have to show the money they wouldn’t show, when they asked the government for more.

    “And we need your continued support to counter the vicious antifamily, antiminority, anti-immigrant attacks of the Republican right.”

    I only recall the anti- little immigrant girls being smuggled into the country for prostitution & madam’s families.

  2. Right of the People says:

    What happened to the billions from the “stimulus” package they were supposed to get? Was it just funneled away back to the DNC?

    When we finally remove the cancer sitting in the Oval Office this and zillions of other things need to be investigated. Were going to need a lot of tall trees and a whole bunch of short chunks of rope.


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