Skip to comments.Judicial Watch Releases Special Report "The Rebranding of ACORN"
Posted on 09/28/2011 11:57:15 AM PDT by Nachum
Scandal-Ridden Activist Group Lives on in the Form of Bullet Proof Community-Organizing Frankensteins Created Across the Country
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Washington, DC -- September 28, 2011
Judicial Watch, the public interest organization that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released The Rebranding of ACORN, a special report on the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) network, following an extensive investigation of the organizations transformation into various spinoffs and affiliated organizations.
The ACORN-affiliated groups existing today are ACORN in all but name. These groups tend to occupy ACORNs former offices, are staffed in many cases with former ACORN employees, and remain committed to ACORNs mission. Overall, Judicial Watch has documented 17 ACORN-affiliated organizations in the following states/regions: Arizona, Arkansas, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, New England, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington.
Among the conclusions of Judicial Watchs special report:
ACORN lives on in the form of numerous state entities and in such affiliated organizations as Affordable Housing Centers of America (AHCOA), The Advance Group, The Black Institute, and Project Vote. In the words of Bertha Lewis, former chief executive officer of ACORN,
these entities are carrying on ACORNs work of organizing low- and moderate-income folks
[We have created] bullet-proof community-organizing Frankensteins that theyre going to have a very hard time attacking. Tens of millions of dollars in ACORNs funds and other assets are still unaccounted for. The attorney generals office for the state of Louisiana and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, as well as Judicial Watch, continue to investigate what happened to these missing resources. Judicial Watch discovered that the Obama administration continues to bankroll ACORN and its affiliates in defiance of the federal governments funding ban. For example, on March 1, 2011, ACORN Housing Corporation
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Sometimes I feel like a nut.
(And sometimes I feel like a bullet-proof, community-organizing Frankenstein.)
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"With the New Partys rise and its entanglements with ACORN [Association of Community Organizers For Reform Now] came the rise of Barack Obama. According to Stanley Kurtz, Acorn is the key modern successor of the radical 1960s New Left, with a 1960s-bred agenda of anti-capitalism to match. And Barack Obama was ACORNs lawyer."
From Obama's official website:
When Obama met with ACORN leaders in November, he reminded them of his history with ACORN and his beginnings in Illinois as a Project Vote organizer, a nonprofit focused on voter rights and education. Senator Obama said, "I come out of a grassroots organizing background. That's what I did for three and half years before I went to law school. That's the reason I moved to Chicago was to organize. So this is something that I know personally, the work you do, the importance of it. I've been fighting alongside ACORN on issues you care about my entire career. Even before I was an elected official, when I ran Project Vote voter registration drive in Illinois, ACORN was smack dab in the middle of it, and we appreciate your work.
ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) is the nation's largest community organization of low- and moderate-income families, with over 350,000 member families organized into 800 neighborhood chapters in 104 cities across the country. Since 1970 ACORN has taken action and won victories on issues of concern to its members, including better housing for first time homebuyers and tenants [Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac scandal! -ETL], living wages for low-wage workers, more investment in our communities from banks and governments, and better public schools.
Please forgive a mere newbie for asking, but I don’t see how this topic belongs in the Religion Forum.
You are absolutely right. It was an error on my part.