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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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
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?
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