ACORN: Big Apple, Big Pimping

posted at 8:48 am on September 14, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

It was just a fluke, ACORN insisted the first time that James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles published their undercover video showing their office in Baltimore helping a pimp evade taxes and get a mortgage by deceit for a brothel.  They fired a couple of “bad apples” in that office, and a couple of more bad apples in Washington DC when that office got caught on hidden camera doing the same thing.  In fact. ACORN went so far as to brag that the pair had tried the same thing and failed in “San Diego, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia to name a few places.”

Really?  New York’s ACORN office was too sophisticated to fall for that scam?  The video at Big Government today indicates that ACORN’s Big Apple office is equally as heartless and corrupt as DC and Baltimore, as two of their staffers advise O’Keefe and Giles how to cover up a child-prostitution ring and evade taxes:

When you get a house with a backyard … you get a tin and put the money in it … and bury it.

ACORN has access to billions of dollars in federal funding through Porkulus, and already gets hundreds of millions a year in federal funding through other programs, mainly through HUD. It’s time — it’s well past time — for Congress to suspend any payments to ACORN for any purposes.

One incident may have been a fluke, and two a coincidence, but three times makes a pattern. These aren’t offices in the sticks, either, but offices in some of the most important American cities. Does ACORN train its people on how to screw the American people on income taxes while getting federal funds, or just look to hire the most heartless people in the world to help pimps hide child prostitution rings?


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these roachees need to be followed back to their hole, then burn the hole.>

ted c on September 14, 2009 at 11:00 AM

We need to have a Congressional Terminix committee that terminates all corruption infested groups like ACORN that are stealing billions of tax payer’s money!

MCGIRV on September 14, 2009 at 2:23 PM

Obama’s big pimpin’spending our cheese

ohellno on September 14, 2009 at 2:39 PM

I have watched all the three vids on ACORN and have questions :

Why do we hear screaming kids in the background? Who are these kids ? Do ACORN offices double as day-care centers too?

macncheez on September 14, 2009 at 2:42 PM

Here’s some interesting trivia.
If you go to the ACORN Housing Corporation web site

http://www.acornhousing.org

You will find the “Presidential” seal on the site!

Oh and their “stats”

AHC Stats 1986-2006
Clients counseled 250,226
Mortgages created 79,539
Mortgage Amount $10,080,912,633
Clients educated 284,758

DSchoen on September 14, 2009 at 2:49 PM

Is there a “pool” as to which city’s Acorn’s office will be exposed Tuesday or Wednesdays?

DSchoen on September 14, 2009 at 3:08 PM

Will the trolls stand for this one. A travesty I say…simply a travesty. Baltimore, DC, now NYC…. Hmmph. Can’t a hooka get a house ‘roun heah!?

ted c on September 14, 2009 at 11:06 AM

The trolls have seen the writing on the wall. They’re hittin’ the crackpipe & working day & night on their resumés.

NightmareOnKStreet on September 14, 2009 at 3:22 PM

All ACORN and ACORN Housing office locations saved here. Just in case you want to drop by.

(Acorn has begun flushing them from their site)

faraway on September 14, 2009 at 3:30 PM

I would audit the 79,000 mortgages ACORN underwrote!

ginaswo on September 14, 2009 at 3:32 PM

O’keefe, a philosophy major, co-opted the “Alinsky” strategies. Brilliant! I hope FNC gives them Shep’s 3PM & 7PM slots.

Excerpt from NY Post (check out the pix): Inspired by “Rules for Radicals,” Saul Alinsky’s bible for rabble-rousing, more often associated with the left, O’Keefe said he has been targeting and exposing the “absurdities of the enemy by employing their own rules and language.”
“If you can make impossible demands on your enemy, you can destroy them,” he said.

So he began using a hidden camera “in a location I’d rather not disclose” and started visiting ACORN offices around the Northeast.

…he said he expected ACORN would yield maybe “a few gotcha moments.”

“But we never imagined they would all comply — it’s just disgusting they didn’t just throw us out of the office,” he said.

Didn’t Beck say they had “48 hours of tape”? I sure hope they (O’Keefe & Giles aka Shaft & Shakleeka) dress the same way when they get their Pulitzer Prize… oh, wait…

NightmareOnKStreet on September 14, 2009 at 3:44 PM

From “sources” I understand they are trying to get a restraining order against O’Keefe.
Claiming that the tapes are “edited” and fraudulent…thus should not be shown until reviewed by a judge.
They are trying to get this court order, while removing information off their websites that show that the services the O’Keefe went in for is not common to all offices.
What they have to do is find a judge that is liberal, federal, no ties to ACORN, not in a “target” city. San Fran may be the best bet, the 9th circuit.

right2bright on September 14, 2009 at 3:52 PM

…while removing information off their websites that show that the services the O’Keefe went in for is not common to all offices.
right2bright on September 14, 2009 at 3:52 PM

I think FNC & O’Keefe are smart enough to have all this info copied to disk before they began their well-timed roll-out of these videos. Although Obama’s machine has been known to make it’s pages disappear without a trace- even from the WayBack Machine. Now that’s what you call a thorough & deliberate scrubbing.

NightmareOnKStreet on September 14, 2009 at 4:07 PM

Not only is this an expose’ of bad nuts in ACORN, but it also exposes their aiders and abettors in the SocialistDemocratic party (like cough*Obama*cough) and in the Mostly Socialist Media. Poor widdle ACORN. They just doin’ like Obama trained ‘em to.

starboardhelm on September 14, 2009 at 4:14 PM

ACORN = Obama’s nuts.

HellCat on September 14, 2009 at 4:15 PM

The boob czar, here is a czar I can get behind
http://jimtreacher.com/

kangjie on September 14, 2009 at 4:18 PM

The Senate just voted not to give them any HUD money. This is a great victory!

silvernana on September 14, 2009 at 6:46 PM

The irony to this ACORN scandal is that their black employees seemed willing to facilitate slavery. Maybe it’s okay if it’s children?

Potter on September 14, 2009 at 7:43 PM

O/T: Patrick Swayze died per Fox. RIP. Prayers for his wife Lisa & the rest of his family.

ACORN = Obama’s nuts.

HellCat on September 14, 2009 at 4:15 PM

Looks like the Senate voted to ROAST ObamACORN’s nuts (83-7)
.
Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE) introduced an amendment to the HUD and Transportation appropriation bill to strip ACORN of all federal funding. The Senate passed the Johann’s amendment 83-7. Here’s a list of the “DIRTY 7″ who voted against cutting funds to ACORN’s Child-Whoring Pimp Assitance Program.
Dick Durbin (D-IL)
Roland Burris (D-IL)
Robert Casey (D-PA)
Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

These 3 PIGS voted no, then chickened out & CHANGED THEIR VOTES: Tom Udall (D-NM), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), and Herb Kohl (D-WI).

NightmareOnKStreet on September 14, 2009 at 8:11 PM

Breitbart says more coming tomorrow. “Devastating,” says he. (On Hannity.)

mikeyboss on September 14, 2009 at 9:10 PM

Breitbart says more coming tomorrow. “Devastating,” says he. (On Hannity.)

mikeyboss on September 14, 2009 at 9:10 PM

Releasing these videos one at a time has been absolutely pure genius!!

JellyToast on September 14, 2009 at 9:45 PM

“Honesty is not going to get you ta house. You gotta start tinking.” The Justice Dept. needs to bring charges against this organization. The Republicans can own the 2010 election if they expose this issue correctly– it does the campaigning for them. Are you “tinking,” Mr.Steele?

leftnomore on September 14, 2009 at 10:21 PM

The irony to this ACORN scandal is that their black employees seemed willing to facilitate slavery. Maybe it’s okay if it’s children?

Potter on September 14, 2009 at 7:43 PM

SHOUT IT OUT, Pot!

leftnomore on September 14, 2009 at 10:23 PM

And one more thing lady, STOP BANGING THAT TABLE.

leftnomore on September 14, 2009 at 10:25 PM

Trolls: what I can’t understand is that it is YOUR TAX DOLLARS (TOO!) that are being misused by groups like ACORN.

Do you like money, your hard earned money, going from your wallet to ACORN’s coffers?

PLEASE explain that one to me…

Khun Joe on September 15, 2009 at 2:42 AM

Acorn mathematics… I always wondered how 2 minimum wage workers could qualify for a $750K mortgage, when my husband and I who are both professionals with perfect credit and make good money wouldn’t qualify for half a million…. NOW I KNOW!!! We told the truth!

libertylady on September 15, 2009 at 3:37 PM

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