ACORN: Hey, maybe we do need to clean house

posted at 4:07 pm on September 16, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

After BigGovernment began publishing undercover videos of ACORN offices offering advice on tax evasion and child prostitution, the community organizing group reacted as one might imagine: denials, accusations of falsification, and threats of lawsuits.  Their national spokesperson, Bertha Lewis, claimed that the “right wing” had made ACORN the “Willie Horton of 2009,” claiming victimization by racists.  Today, however, Lewis and ACORN are singing quite a different — and more humble — tune:

ACORN, calling the actions of some of its employees “indefensible,” has suspended advising new clients as part of its service programs and is setting up an independent review to see what happened.

ACORN chief executive Bertha Lewis said in a written statement that she was “ordering a halt to any new intakes into ACORN’s service programs until completion of an independent review.” …

Lewis continued: “We have all been deeply disturbed by what weve seen in some of these videos. I must say, on behalf of ACORN’s Board and our Advisory Council, that we will go to whatever lengths necessary to reestablish the public trust. For nearly forty years, ACORN has given voice to communities, and gotten results. Right now, our nearly 500,000 member are working their hearts out for quality, affordable healthcare for every American and to help stop the foreclosure crisis. We must get this process right, so the good work can go forward.”

Humble is what follows after humiliation, in most cases, and that’s exactly what ACORN has suffered for the past week.  Humble would have gone a long way toward moderating the public backlash against ACORN in the wake of these (now) “indefensible” actions by ACORN offices in Baltimore, New York City, Washington DC, and San Bernardino.  Had they acknowledged the obvious from the very beginning, the rest of these exposés would have become anti-climactic.

Instead, Lewis played the race card, and now has egg on her face and that of the entire organization.  ACORN definitely needs to clean house, and they should start with Lewis.  She has become the Baghdad Bob of ACORN and has zero credibility after accusing everyone of being racists for their offense at taxpayer dollars going to an organization that offers advice on how to cheat the IRS.


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Call me cynical but I think any investigation of Acorn will be stopped eventually by “the powers that be” like the last one was.

kurtzz3 on September 16, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Call me cynical but I think any investigation of Acorn will be stopped eventually by “the powers that be” like the last one was.

kurtzz3 on September 16, 2009 at 5:31 PM

A month ago, I’d agree with that. But I think this death of a thousand cuts isn’t going to let up. I think ACORN is done for, eventually.

ddrintn on September 16, 2009 at 5:33 PM

ACORN chief executive Bertha Lewis said in a written statement that she was “ordering a halt to any new intakes into ACORN’s service programs until completion of an independent review.” …

She continued: “In the meantime, ACORN will continue advising our current clients so that they can remain up-to-date on how to successfully evade taxes, launder money, maintain prostitution rings, traffic underage foreigners into the country as sex slaves, and use the funds generated by these illicit activities to run political campaigns. Because if not for us, who would be there for the poor and down-trodden in the communities of America?”

OK, she didn’t say that, but by not suspending all advising activities, she leaves me with that impression. And since they’re not taking any new clients, they won’t get caught by investigative reporters in the future. Smooth move, ACORN.

free-thinker on September 16, 2009 at 5:37 PM

This is all pointless kabuki. So far.

The Dems know, from experience, that once Repubs point out fraud like this, they have to do some cleaning of the house, but .. within 5 years, some organization with the same basic structure will be pulling the same basic scams.

The only solution is to permanently de-fund the Fed programs and shift to state block grants, and even that doesn’t get rid of graft and corruption, it just decentralizes it. State gov’t is faster than D.C. to react to fraud, in many cases.

Mew

acat on September 16, 2009 at 5:54 PM

The only solution is to permanently de-fund the Fed programs and shift to state block grants, and even that doesn’t get rid of graft and corruption, it just decentralizes it. State gov’t is faster than D.C. to react to fraud, in many cases.

Mew

acat on September 16, 2009 at 5:54 PM

Well, I think it would also take a huge power shift in legislatures all over the country. But I do think eventually this junk will be defeated.

ddrintn on September 16, 2009 at 5:59 PM

And since they’re not taking any new clients, they won’t get caught by investigative reporters in the future. Smooth move, ACORN.

free-thinker on September 16, 2009 at 5:37 PM

+1000

unclesmrgol on September 16, 2009 at 6:03 PM

Federal term limits will do a lot toward flushing the turds out of Congress.

OhioCoastie on September 16, 2009 at 6:03 PM

I think this death of a thousand cuts isn’t going to let up. I think ACORN is done for, eventually.
ddrintn on September 16, 2009 at 5:33 PM

The acronym can be changed like a cheap pair of socks. It’s easier to throw out than to launder.

This is a political machine. The shell companies are going to keep right on doing what they’re doing. They can change names faster than amateur journalists can re-expose them.

This thing isn’t going down until all of the guys at the top go down.

logis on September 16, 2009 at 6:04 PM

Has anyone asked her about her comment of the tapes being “doctored” or “heavily edited” or any of the other stuff they tried to save their ass with?

catmman on September 16, 2009 at 6:11 PM

We need the Bill of Federalism ASAP.

OhioCoastie on September 16, 2009 at 6:11 PM

logis on September 16, 2009 at 6:04 PM

True enough. It won’t be easy, but it’s in motion.

ddrintn on September 16, 2009 at 6:15 PM

Okay, I will say it…we have got to tie Obama to this, tie him directly to ACORN and their shenanigans.
I want ACORN ripped apart, SEIU torn down, and I want Obama to fall with them…there I said it, I want him to fail…

right2bright on September 16, 2009 at 4:15 PM

Maxine Waters and Charles Gibson will be at your door in 3, 2, 1…

GrannyDee on September 16, 2009 at 6:25 PM

Earth to ACORN chief executive Bertha Lewis. Resign.

albill on September 16, 2009 at 5:08 PM

Oh NOOOOO way, this disingenuous pile of trash does`nt get off that easy. I would like nothing more than to see her and that other piece of vermin Scott Levinson be put thru the ringer on a very public arena.

NY Conservative on September 16, 2009 at 6:29 PM

Local Militiaman: “Does this mean we don’t get to raid and pillage their offices? Damn, they probably have Dick Morris on contract now helping to triangulate.”

Sapwolf on September 16, 2009 at 6:43 PM

We need the Bill of Federalism ASAP.

OhioCoastie on September 16, 2009 at 6:11 PM

Hey, that’s pretty interesting and is filled with some good sense.

Sapwolf on September 16, 2009 at 6:44 PM

Am extremely pissed and want an ABJECT APOLOGY from Lewis for calling conservatives racist. Especially to O’Keefe, who predicted they’d be apologizing to him and whom I now want to DEMAND it of them.

inviolet on September 16, 2009 at 7:00 PM

Am extremely pissed and want an ABJECT APOLOGY from Lewis for calling conservatives racist. Especially to O’Keefe, who predicted they’d be apologizing to him and whom I now want to DEMAND it of them.

inviolet on September 16, 2009 at 7:00 PM

Well I read there are more tapes with a different theme coming so it is probably not going to spur any apologies in the near future.

I actually think this new tack is a result of the Whitehouse telling them how to handle the exposure.

It goes without saying that they are certainly not able to police themselves and need an independent investigation. I hope that is what we eventually get.

petunia on September 16, 2009 at 7:11 PM

Has anyone asked her about her comment of the tapes being “doctored” or “heavily edited” or any of the other stuff they tried to save their ass with?

catmman on September 16, 2009 at 6:11 PM

Excellent point. When caught they reacted with lies and corruption. It is a corporate culture saturated in vice of every kind.

petunia on September 16, 2009 at 7:14 PM

Obama to Acorn: We’re Goin’ to be Callin’ on You to Help Shape the Agenda

http://foxyurl.com/uYa

jjrakman on September 16, 2009 at 8:30 PM

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