Question: Are we to believe that ACORN is really disbanding?
The following articles and/or blog posts and video reveal the disturbing answer to this question-You Decide:
ACORN disbanding because of money woes, scandal-Posted on ABCLocal.go.com-By Associated Press-On March 22, 2010:
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“CHICAGO — The once mighty liberal 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, whose network spanned some 40 states, was a favorite Republican target even before the video brouhaha. But its financial situation and reputation went into free fall within days of the videos’ release in September, and even Democratic backers began scattering. 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 continuing to operate for at least several weeks before shutting for good, Whelan said Monday.
Longtime ACORN critics sounded skeptical that the group would fade away for good. Matthew Vadum, of the conservative Washington,D.C.-based think tank the Capital Research Center, said on Monday he fully expects the organization and its leaders to bounce back in some form.
“ACORN isn’t going away, it’s just changing shape,” he said. “They’re like the T-1000 (android) assassin in that futuristic ‘Terminator’ movie. Every time it gets blasted apart, the liquid metal would just keep coming back together.”
As recently as this year, the 40-year-old ACORN boasted it 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.
Conservative critics have also raised doubts that the affiliates that dropped the ACORN brand can rightly claim to have made a clean break and started anew, noting that most have kept the same offices and staff they had before their name switch.
Whelan, the ACORN spokesman, declined to provide any figures on the group’s current financial situation.
Some of the breakaway affiliates have conceded they’ve been devastated by the video fallout.
But one of the latest of the ACORN affiliates to adopt a new name — Chicago-based ACORN Housing, which is now called the Affordable Housing Centers of America — had been one of the best-funded affiliates. The federal cutoff slashed its budget 75 percent, from $24 million in 2009 to $6 million in 2010, forcing it to cut its 250-member staff in half, its director, Mike Shea, said earlier this month.
With name changes, California ACORN is now Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, and New York ACORN has become New York Communities for Change. The breakaways have insisted that they have changed in more than just name, pointing to tougher ethics rules and better management.”
ACORN ‘dissolved as a national structure’–Posted on Politico-By Ben Smith-On February 22, 2010:
Video: Damage Control: “ACORN looks to repair tarnished image by changing its name”-Posted on VideoFoxNews.Com-On June 22, 2009:
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Documents Reveal Coordination Between ACORN Affiliate and Justice Department Voting Section!-Posted on Big Government-By J. Christian Adams-On December 14, 2011:
Obama administration, GAO appear to have ignored group’s ACORN affiliation to award $700K!-Posted on The Daily Caller-By Matthew Boyle – The Daily Caller-On November 28, 2011:
Was The Bank Of America ‘Occupation’ A Coordinated, ACORN-Affiliated Attack?–Posted on The Blaze-By Billy Hallowell-On November 21, 2011:
Massive ‘bait-and-switch’ purloins school donations?-Posted on WND.com-On November 13, 2011:
ACORN Officials Scramble, Firing Workers and Shredding Documents, After Exposed as Players Behind Occupy Wall Street Protests!-Posted on FoxNews.com-By Jana Winter-On November 03, 2011:
Exclusive: ACORN Playing Behind Scenes Role in ‘Occupy’ Movement!-Posted on FoxNews.com-By Jana Winter-On October 26, 2011:
Video: ACORN Behind Occupy Wall Street Movement!!!–Posted on YouTube.com-By MOXNEWSd0tCOM-On October 26, 2011:
Obama’s HUD execs deliver $730,000 to ACORN spinoffs!–Posted on WND.com-On September 24, 2011:
Obama’s ‘Jobs Bill’ Makes ACORN Eligible for $15 Billion in Taxpayer Money!–Posted on Pjamas Media-By Matthew Vadum-On September 15, 2011:
ACORN operative admits ‘voter fraud’: ‘Americans are sick and tired of having the votes of law-abiding citizens canceled out’!-Posted on WND.com-On September 13, 2011:
Misleading Words!-Posted on The Patriot Update-By Thomas Sowell-On August 3, 2011:
Nightmarish Group Back From Dead to Undermine Your Bank!-Posted on WND.com-On July 31, 2011:
Eric Holder’s Newest Witch Hunt!–Posted on Townhall-By Bob Beauprez-On July 31, 2011:
Obama’s HUD Violated ACORN Funding Ban!-Posted on Judicial Watch-On June 29, 2011:
Appeals Court Rules Against ACORN–Posted on Judicial Watch-On August 16, 2010:
ACORN: Tea Parties = bowel movement–Posted on GlennBeck.com-By Glenn Beck-On April 22, 2010:
President Obama Is Still a Community Organizer: “President Obama is still a community organizer, it’s just on a much bigger scale with much higher stakes”-Posted on GlennBeck.Blogs.FoxNews.com-On June 16, 2009:
Organizer in Chief: “Barack Obama could become our first community-activist president”–Posted on City Journal-Summer 2008-By STEVEN MALANGA:
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