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ACORN disbanding! "Mission accomplished!"

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Squaw Man Wolfer, Mar 23, 2010.

  1. Squaw Man Wolfer

    Squaw Man Wolfer

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    ACORN disbanding because of money woes, scandal
    By MICHAEL TARM (AP) – 9 hours ago

    CHICAGO — The once mighty community activist group ACORN announced Monday it is folding amid falling revenues — six months after video footage emerged showing some of its workers giving tax tips to conservative activists posing as a pimp and prostitute.

    "It's really declining revenue in the face of a series of attacks from partisan operatives and right-wing activists that have taken away our ability to raise the resources we need," ACORN spokesman Kevin Whelan said.

    Several of its largest affiliates, including ACORN New York and ACORN California, broke away this year and changed their names in a bid to ditch the tarnished image of their parent organization and restore revenue that ran dry in the wake of the video scandal.

    ACORN's financial situation and reputation went into free fall within days of the videos' release in September. Congress reacted by yanking ACORN's federal funding, private donors held back cash and scores of ACORN offices closed.

    Earlier this month, a U.S. judge reiterated an earlier ruling that the federal law blacklisting ACORN and groups allied with it was unconstitutional because it singled them out. But that didn't mean any money would be automatically be restored.

    Bertha Lewis, the CEO of ACORN, which stands for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, alluded to financial hardships in a weekend statement as the group's board prepared to deliberate by phone.

    "ACORN has faced a series of well-orchestrated, relentless, well-funded right wing attacks that are unprecedented since the McCarthy era," she said. "The videos were a manufactured, sensational story that led to rush to judgment and an unconstitutional act by Congress."

    ACORN's board decided to close remaining state affiliates and field offices by April 1 because of falling revenues, with some national operations will continue operating for at least several weeks before shutting for good, Whelan said Monday.

    For years, ACORN could draw on 400,000 members to lobby for liberal causes, such as raising the minimum wage or adopting universal health care. ACORN was arguably most successful at registering hundreds of thousands of low-income voters, though that mission was dogged by fraud allegations, including that some workers submitted forms signed by 'Mickey Mouse' or other cartoon characters.

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  2. Squaw Man Wolfer

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    Well, actually, I didn't have anything to do with it, just thought it was a catchy story...
     

  3. Squaw Man Wolfer

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    Hmm...why didn't the search function pick up the previous thread?
     
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    Just because you turned on the lights and the cockroaches scatter and hide does not mean you no longer have a cockroach problem.
     
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    I will not be suprised when another, similar organization is created that does the same thing. These people will not go gently into that good night; they will be back.
     
  6. engineer151515

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    ACORN is a hydra.

    Other heads are forming.

     
  7. certifiedfunds

    certifiedfunds Cosmopolitan Bias

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    without a doubt
     
  8. plasticgunz

    plasticgunz Swollen Member CLM

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    Exactly, it wasn't that long ago it was announced they were re-branding or some such crap. I'm sure this is just re-direction.
     
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    Swerved Not panicking

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    They'll just form another organization. Besides... when Barry declares them the "civilan armed forces", they have to be named something more intimidating. ACORN Army just doesn't cut it...:rofl:
     
  10. Maelstrom

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    Words right out of my mouth!

    They will just come up with another Acronym.

    What happened to the billions they received?
     
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    ACORN's board decided to close remaining state affiliates and field offices by April 1 because of falling revenues, with some national operations will continue operating for at least several weeks before shutting for good, Whelan said Monday.


    Meaning there is still quite a bit of money out there and we will loot every last penny before we quit.
     
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    good bye good riddens good bye.
     
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    ACORN criminals will still be criminals even by another name, and they don't mind a name change for money. After all they had one of the biggest criminals ever working for them at one time, eh Barry?
     
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    walangkatapat Millennium Member

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    More than allegations, more like convictions.