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ACORN Probe Finds No Pattern of Illegality

Posted on Dec 7, 2009

The Republicans’ favorite punching bag, ACORN, has emerged from an external review process looking far less shady than its opponents would like, but the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now still has some management issues, according to the inquiry’s findings.  —KA


The review, commissioned by ACORN in the wake of a hidden video expose that showed a few of its employees appearing to offer tips on how to break the law, also largely absolved the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now’s current management, laying much of the blame on founder Wade Rathke for lax oversight and dangerously rapid growth.

Scott Harshbarger, the former Massachusetts attorney who led the inquiry for the Proskauer Rose law firm, found that ACORN is not subject to “basic, appropriate standards of governance and accountability” and suggested specific measures to help restore public confidence.

The review practically absolved ACORN employees caught up in the expose in which a few employees appeared to be offering advice on how to run a brothel.

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By MKS, December 8, 2009 at 6:09 am Link to this comment
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ACORN has no business receiving any public money, ever.

Whatever “good” ACORN may do should be done with private donations.

An astute and impartial Attorney General would be investigating and very likely prosecuting ACORN right now.

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By idarad, December 8, 2009 at 5:46 am Link to this comment

rollzone - obviously you don’t have a clue about what the organization has done for thousands of people.  But of course you would rather have taxpayer money going to citigroup, goldman sachs to better steal from people or to haliburton to better kill people.  Name one organization that doesn’t have a loose cannon or two…..  still waiting

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By rollzone, December 7, 2009 at 9:42 pm Link to this comment

hello. exsqueeze you? ACORN needs to be functioning and intact, because they are too retarded to rename themselves: and rise from the ashes of Obama money? this network is not a party thing, not a power base, not a socialist funnel for democratic support, not anything remotely resembling an illegitimate organization; irresponsible to the public, under basic appropriate standards of governance, or operating within legal parameters? exsqueeze you? since they paid for this self serving review- how much did they pay you to say that? ACORN is all these things, except operating within the letter of the law. stop these people from throwing tax dollars away, so money can be used for real jobs by real investors whom really qualify.

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