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ACORN closes doors

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by wireguy, Mar 22, 2010.

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  1. wireguy

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    FROM FOX NEWS

    ACORN Closing in Wake of Scandal
    Monday, March 22, 2010


    CHICAGO — The once mighty community activist group ACORN announced Monday it is folding amid falling revenues — six months after video footage emerged showing some of its workers giving tax tips to conservative activists posing as a pimp and prostitute.

    "It's really declining revenue in the face of a series of attacks from partisan operatives and right-wing activist that have taken away our ability to raise the resources we need," ACORN spokesman Kevin Whelan said.

    Several of its largest affiliates, including ACORN New York and ACORN California, broke away this year and changed their names in a bid to ditch the tarnished image of their parent organization and restore revenue that ran dry in the wake of the video scandal. They will continue to operate under their new names and aren't affected by ACORN's decision to shut down.

    ACORN's financial situation and reputation went into free fall within days of the videos' release in September. Congress reacted by yanking ACORN's federal funding, private donors held back cash and scores of ACORN offices closed.

    Earlier this month, 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. But that didn't mean any money would be automatically be restored.

    Bertha Lewis, the CEO of ACORN, which stands for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, alluded to financial hardships in a weekend statement as the group's board prepared to deliberate by phone.

    "ACORN has faced a series of well-orchestrated, relentless, well-funded right wing attacks that are unprecedented since the McCarthy era," she said. "The videos were a manufactured, sensational story that led to rush to judgment and an unconstitutional act by Congress."

    ACORN's board decided to close remaining state affiliates and field offices by April 1 because of falling revenues, with some national operations will continue operating for at least several weeks before shutting for good, Whelan said Monday.

    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. ACORN was arguably most successful at registering hundreds of thousands of low-income voters, though that mission was dogged by fraud allegations, including that some workers submitted forms signed by 'Mickey Mouse' or other cartoon characters.
     
  2. halfmile

    halfmile Well-Known Member

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    "Well funded right wing attacks." One young male aspiring film maker and a lady friend. Maybe they ate in a real restaurant once instead of Taco Bell.

    Bertha you so funny you should be on Letterman.......

    HM
     
  3. Damifino

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    Not so fast.....

    The public needs to know about the massive hoax that ACORN is now attempting to perpetrate on America.


    The con goes like this: ACORN is trying to pass off various state chapters as supposedly new groups independent of ACORN. In this rebranding exercise state chapters are declaring that they have separated from the national ACORN group and reestablishing themselves as independent nonprofit entities.


    At least four dummy nonprofit corporations have emerged from the rebranding process in recent months.


    They are the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, New York Communities for Change, New England United for Justice (Massachusetts) and Arkansas Community Organizations. All four groups operate out of ACORN offices and are run by ACORN staffers. The president of New England United for Justice, Maude Hurd, just happens to be the 20-year national president of ACORN.


    A leaked email from ACORN’s online director suggests ACORN will probably run out of money and fold by year’s end but a dozen ACORN state chapters reincorporated to seem like new, independent organizations will spring up in coming days to carry on ACORN’s business.


    (exerpted from David Horowitz)
     
  4. Bob Hawkes

    Bob Hawkes Well-Known Member

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    Don't worry, they're not going away. Just changing shirts.
     
  5. RAScott

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    It looks like the acorn group is changing their name and rebranding itself under many names all while still looking to get get their money so keep your ears open.

    Bob S
     
  6. RAScott

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    They are like ants, dividing, and starting new colonies. WE NEED RAID.

    Bob S
     
  7. H82MIS

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    Are you all talking about the "Anti-Caucasian Organization Of Radical Negros"??

    I thought so,,,,,,,,,,,
     
  8. daddiooo

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    OICU812,

    Good one.

    Better keep an eye on Asscorn due to their direct connection to their boy Barry. I'd be surprised if they're really going away quietly. Damifino may have a point.
     
  9. stokinpls

    stokinpls Well-Known Member

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    I like they way the libs tried to diminish the sting by saying that the guy was actually "dressed like a pimp". LOL.
     
  10. mike b.

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    They're just changing names. Are now COI. See URL above.
     
  11. Lobo

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    I thing it is despicable you nasty gun people are picking on ACORN. Who else is helping keep 12 year old Honduran prostitutes employed. For shame.
     
  12. 391 shooter

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    Ah, don't ya just love the "PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT", it's time boys, it's time.
     
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