From the Saturday New York Times:
Acorn on Brink of Bankruptcy, Officials Say
By IAN URBINA
Published: March 19, 2010
BALTIMORE — The community organizing group Acorn, battered politically from the right and suffering from mismanagement along with a severe loss of government and other funds, is on the verge of filing for bankruptcy, officials of the group said Friday.
Acorn is holding a teleconference this weekend to discuss plans for a bankruptcy filing, two officials of the group said. They asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to speak to the news media.
Over the last six months, at least 15 of the group’s 30 state chapters have disbanded and have no plans of re-forming, Acorn officials said. The California and New York chapters, two of the largest, have severed their ties to the national group and have independently reconstituted themselves with new names. Several other state groups are also re-forming outside the Acorn umbrella, and will not be affected if the national organization files for bankruptcy.
The New York group is now called “New York Communities for Change.” It is very influential–it even has its pet political party, the Working Families Party–and is not going anywhere.
Crack writer Ian Urbina then recounted the tale of a 72-year-old blind person who ACORN helped stay in her home. Damn you heartless Republicans!
Let’s listen to Bertha:
Bertha Lewis, the chief executive of Acorn, said in an e-mail message that her organization’s problems were the result of “a series of well-orchestrated, relentless, well-funded right-wing attacks” reminiscent of the McCarthy era.
“Our effective work empowering African-American and low-income voters made us a target,” she said. “And the videos were a manufactured, sensational story that led to a rush to judgment and an unconstitutional act by Congress.”
The news story ends with James O’Keefe’s recent arrest regarding an undercover story about Mary Landrieu–something that has nothing to do with ACORN’s bankruptcy.
Aren’t we missing something about ACORN? What did Bertha say? “Our effective work empowering African-American and low-income voters made us a target.” Yes, it’s coming to me now.
The story completely left out ACORN’s history of voter fraud.
Let’s look at a story from Big Government from last year:
by Mike Roman
The Working Families Party and local Democratic Party Officials are at the center of a massive voter fraud scandal in Troy, NY.
(…)Adding more evidence to the ACORN-WFP link is Erick Erickson’s examination of Bertha Lewis’ leaked rolodex. Erickson predicted that “With ACORN’s growing negative reputation, it is only a matter of time before it spills over to the Working Families Party.”The spilling started in Troy, and it will likely flow to all the way to Brooklyn. Yesterday, Rensselaer County Judge Robert Jacon named a special prosecutor to investigate the allegations of fraud.
And in a completely unrelated story, today in Nevada, Christopher Edwards will testify in a preliminary hearing in a criminal fraud case against ACORN. Edwards, the former Las Vegas field director for ACORN, plead guilty last month and has agreed to testify that ACORN devised a program the encouraged and rewarded employees for producing fraudulent voter registrations.
ACORN voter fraud just slipped writer Ian Urbina’s mind. If you Google “ACORN” and “fraud,” a whole lot of this stuff comes up. But who has the time to Google? You have to type in two words. It’s difficult.
But seriously, isn’t it convenient that ACORN is facing serious voter fraud charges and just goes out of business and reorganizes under different names with the same staff and offices?
Google “ACORN” and “RICO” (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act)–something the Times writer couldn’t do. There’s no more corrupt organization to file charges against. ACORN is no more!
Don’t be fooled. The hydra is simply growing two new heads for every one you cut off. Where’s Hercules when you need him?