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Acorn responds, thoughts?

WASHINGTON – An advocacy group under fire after employees were caught on camera appearing to advise a couple posing as a prostitute and pimp to lie about the woman's profession to get housing help said Wednesday it is ordering an independent investigation.

The group, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, known as ACORN, said it is refusing new admissions into its service programs.

ACORN will work with its advisory council, which includes prominent supporters of President Barack Obama, such as John Podesta, president of the nonprofit Center for American Progress, and Andrew Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union, to name an independent auditor and investigator, ACORN chief executive Bertha Lewis said in a written statement.

The investigation will examine all the systems and processes called into question by the video, Lewis said.

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Asked by sweet-a-kins at 6:03 PM on Sep. 16, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • The moves are among several developments in recent days involving ACORN, a liberal-leaning group that is a popular target for Republicans. In addition to the hidden-camera video, it is under scrutiny for several voter-registration fraud cases.

    Some Republicans are urging the Justice Department to investigate ACORN. The Senate voted Monday to block the Housing and Urban Development Department from giving grants to ACORN, and the Census Bureau last week severed its ties with the group for the 2010 national head-count.

    Asked Wednesday about the controversy, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said that "obviously the conduct that you see on those tapes is completely unacceptable."

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 6:04 PM on Sep. 16, 2009

  • Thanks, Sweet.

    Answer by mancosmomma at 6:12 PM on Sep. 16, 2009

  • it will all be swept under the rug, i bet. it has been this long...

    Answer by ivelostmyself at 6:13 PM on Sep. 16, 2009

  • We'll see how it goes; ya know.

    Answer by lovinangels at 6:33 PM on Sep. 16, 2009

  • Yep, put me in charge of investigating me and I'll come out clean as a freshly bathed baby every time.

    Answer by PaceMyself at 6:48 PM on Sep. 16, 2009

  • "The videos, secretly taped by two individuals posing as a pimp and a prostitute, showed ACORN employees in four of the agency's offices suggesting or condoning a series of illicit actions as the couple sought advice on setting up a brothel with underage women from El Salvador."

    In addition to this, 11 states are investigating them for voter fraud, among other things.  They are having a bad year, aren't they?


    Answer by mancosmomma at 6:54 PM on Sep. 16, 2009

  • It's call damage control, Sweet.

    Answer by Carpy at 7:10 PM on Sep. 16, 2009

  • It's a decent start. But it seems more to be a political stunt because they know they have trillions of dollars at stake. But is this going to be the same kind of investigation that Dodd had? You know. Where they didn't even subpoena his LOAN DOCUMENTS and gave him a free pass?


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:23 PM on Sep. 16, 2009

  • Why isn't a branch of our gov't investigating Acorn, like the FBI, or CIA, or any freakin' body? Why is Acorn allowed to decide who investigates them, WTH??? This is a bunch of crap, as usual, there is nothing right or legal, about any of this...

    Answer by agentwanda at 9:46 PM on Sep. 16, 2009

  • I have a LOT of thoughts, but since I'm covering the San Bernardino angle I can't say anything.

    I *can* say that SBPD looked into the ACORN worker's claim of killing her ex...BOTH her ex-husbands are alive and well.

    Answer by gdiamante at 1:20 AM on Sep. 17, 2009

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