Naughty, naughty, ACORN! (And history of ACORN) UPDATED

DSCF1170Finally, after all four (and I’m going to say so far) videos have surfurced, the most recent one in San Diego, CA have ACORN done something other than just terminate the employees, is also do a hiring freeze

Bertha Lewis ACORN’s CEO, who just the other day threatened legal action with the undercover videos, has taken another turn and said We have all been deeply disturbed by what we’ve seen in some of these videos. I must say on behalf of ACORN’s board and our Advisory Council that we will go to whatever lengths necessary to re-establish the public trust.”

So what are those steps?
An immediate halt in hiring for all ACORN offices, an immediate training program for all front-line staff and selection of an independent auditor by the end of this week.

As the announcement was made, FBI Director Robert Mueller appeared on Capitol Hill for a wide-ranging oversight hearing, and when asked about ACORN, he signaled a potential federal investigation of the organization.

As he should, ACORN is largely operated by Tax payers funds, directly and indirectly even though the webiste says otherwise and over the past 2 weeks we have had several people arrested and now the videos.

So who is ACORN anyway?

ACORN — the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now — bills itself as the nation’s largest grassroots community organization of low- and moderate-income people, with more than 400,000 member families organized within 1,200 neighborhood chapters in 110 cities across the U.S.

Among other priorities, the organization strives for improved housing and wages for the poor, increased community development investment from institutions and banks, increased voter registration and affordable health care.

However ACORN has had a history if shady dealing$

Originally named the Arkansas Community Organizations for Reform Now, ACORN was founded as a nonprofit, nonpartisan entity in 1970 by Wade Rathke, a follower of George Wiley, founder of the National Welfare Rights Organization. Rathke stepped down from his post as chief organizer in 2008 after it was revealed that his brother Dale had embezzled nearly $1 million of ACORN funds eight years earlier.

In 1972, ACORN made it first foray into electoral politics when it held a “Save the City Rally” in Little Rock, Ark., and subsequently backed two candidates for the Little Rock School Board through its Political Action Committee. National conventions and actions during the following years led to an entry into national politics during the presidential campaign of 1980, when ACORN applied pressure to candidates during the nomination process when those candidates were in most need of grassroots support, a “specialty” of the group, according to its Web site.

Despite ACORN’s successes in a wide array of areas — including the targeting of predatory lending practices, advocacy that led to local living wage laws in 15 major U.S. cities and fundraising drives for victims of Hurricane Katrina and many others — the organization has been marred by controversies including the embezzlement case against Dale Rathke, voter registration fraud by some of its workers and, most recently, hidden-camera operations that depicted employee misconduct in several cities, including Washington, D.C., Baltimore and New York.

During the 2008 presidential election alone, ACORN reportedly gathered more than 1.3 million voter registration forms in 21 states, many of which were later flagged for official review. Ultimately, roughly 400,000 of those registrations were rejected as incomplete, duplicated or fraudulent. A total of 450,000 registrations were for first-time voters, while the remaining forms were for change of addresses.

According to its Web site, ACORN “does not apply for nor does it receive any federal grants,” but the organization has had contracts with other nonprofit groups to perform work on projects that have received federal grant support. For instance, ACORN has procured contracts to increase registration for food stamps, to counsel homeowners facing foreclosure and to provide lead paint remediation services.

Furthermore, an analysis of federal records by Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, found that ACORN affiliates in 11 states receive more than $31 million in federal funds from 1998 to 2008. ACORN Housing Corporation, meanwhile, received nearly $10.7 million in federal grants in 2008 alone.

So what is the nest step, what should we do about ACORN? I guess what should we ask our Congress to do about ACORN?

Im guessing both sides must be annoyed with the actions? Or am I wrong?

UPDATE – it looks like ACORN might be the only thing both sides agree on

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