MARCH 23, 2010
The crime-infested community organization famous for voter registration fraud blames right-wing attacks for its demise as covert branches pop up under different names, allowing the original group to keep much of its public funding.
The Obama-backed Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) has conveniently changed its name to shed its criminal history, but the scandal-plagued leftist group is still alive and quite active. ACORN, which annually rakes in millions of U.S. tax dollars, is hardly folding as the charity’s sympathy-seeking leaders claim.
Instead the group is simply branching out under aliases while directors blame a series of well-orchestrated, relentless, well-funded, right-wing attacks for its collapse. Partisan operatives have caused a huge decline in revenue and stripped ACORN’s ability to raise crucial resources, they assert, while conveniently omitting the nonprofit’s criminal history.
So what’s an illicit enterprise to do? Assume a new identity to reignite the cash flow, both private and public. ACORN affiliates from coast-to-coast — including New York and California — have broken away and changed their names in order to dump the group’s crooked reputation.
With offices across the nation, the nonprofit has received tens of millions of tax dollars over the years despite its documented history of embezzlement, fraud and cooking the books. ACORN has been criminally prosecuted for voter registration fraud in various states and was exposed in a world-famous video for advising prostitutes and pimps on how to skirt housing and taxing laws.
The nonprofit’s history of fraud and corruption led to a congressional investigation that determined the community group is a criminal enterprise. A lengthy report published by the House Committee on Government Reform reveals that ACORN has repeatedly and deliberately engaged in systematic fraud and that the group hides behind a paper wall of nonprofit corporate protections to conceal a criminal conspiracy on the part of its directors, to launder federal money in order to pursue a partisan political agenda and to manipulate the American electorate.
Judicial Watch has extensively investigated ACORN, its strong ties to President Obama, its intimidation tactics, involvement in the housing market meltdown and fraudulent voter registration drives. Click here to see public records and other documents involving ACORN scandals. A mere name change can’t possibly erase the history.
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