Dig deep: Hannah Giles defense fund launches

It’s legit. Her pops sent out a blast e-mail about it a little while ago and I’m told the link’s posted on his Facebook page, so fire away. Not that she’ll need the money: The lawsuit’s weak, the jury will be on her side, and apparently Hannity’s set to beam this link out to America on tonight’s show, which means she’ll be swimming in dough come morning. Still, it’s a way to thank her for her work and to reward her for her courage, which is now being recognized by U.S. Senators. Free advice to the fund administrators, though: Add a $5 option so that people can make micro-donations. There’s big money in that. Ask the president.

I’ll post the info for O’Keefe’s defense fund once it’s available. (Why don’t they have a joint fund, incidentally?) Elsewhere in ACORN news, the Treasury Department’s IG is sniffing around their affiliates’ tax-exempt status even as the LA Times assures us that their employees are more committed than evah. Someone deserves an award for this masterpiece in the art of understatement:

“They haven’t hurt us like they think they did,” said Daniel Leary, a member who helps lead ACORN’s Foreclosure Fighters, a group that assists people facing eviction. “Our anger makes us more focused. Now we know the mission at hand.”

Critics charge that that adversarial mind-set, which helped make ACORN one of the most formidable community organizing groups in the country, may also prevent the group from conducting an honest reckoning with any flaws that the videotapes may have revealed.

“They have a very bunker mentality,” said Marcel Reid, a former national ACORN board member who left the organization because she had problems with its leadership. “They perceive everyone as a threat. You’re either with them or against them, and there’s no space in between.”

You don’t say. Just to add to the telethon vibe of this post, here’s entertainment from last night’s Factor with Barney Frank, who’s moved not so subtly from the “with them” to the “against them” column. Oh, and before I forget, the NEA just pulled the trapdoor on Yosi Sergant this afternoon, although that’s not so much an ACORN story as an “another casualty of Breitbart doing the media’s job for them” story.