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ACORN dissolves national structure

Don't get too excited by the news but over at Hot Air, Allahpundit posts that ACORN is dissolving its national structure due to a damage to the brand. The article he links to starts with this biased description:

"ACORN has dissolved as a national structure of state organizations," said a senior official close to the group, who declined to be identified by name because of the fierce conservative attacks on the group that began when a conservative filmmaker caught some staffers of its tax advisory arms on tape appearing to offer advice on incorporating a prostitution business...
and ends with:
"It's not like this is some kind of hostile thing," said the New York source. "This is what Fox has produced. National Acorn and Bertha Lewis are continuing doing their thing, but the New York flagship has been foreed into this new organization."

"As far as the work in the communities and policy campaigns, no one will notice the difference," the source said. "It's people who still believe in their basic mission of fighting for poor people."

Too many people have far too much invested in ACORN for it to actually change or go away. Allahpundit accurately describes this as a PR move. Changing the name will allow people to distance themselves from the scandal. In the end this could end up being bad news if operations continue and the public soon forgets. I don't know how it affects their ability to get federal funding if they are a collection of state organizations. (If anyone knows how the funding issue may be affected, please post in the comments.)

Glenn Reynolds calls it as "Breitbart 1, ACORN 0" but I think that is overly optimistic. Certainly this decision has been driven by the ACORN sting videos released by Big Government so it is clearly an impressive accomplishment for Breitbart and company. But the fight against this sea of corruption is far, far from over.


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Comments (8)

As long as there is money i... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

As long as there is money in "fighting for the poor" you can bet the ACORN vultures will be around.

"As far as the work in t... (Below threshold)
914:

"As far as the work in the communities and policy campaigns, no one will notice the difference,"


Translation: The dead can still vote

I agree, as you I'm not ove... (Below threshold)
Marc:

I agree, as you I'm not overly optimistic.

The turds are just morphing into something else hoping to fly under the radar.

Kinda like van jones, he quit but went running into the arms of podesta and his merry band of nutcakes.

Instapundit is right in say... (Below threshold)
KeithK:

Instapundit is right in saying that this is Breitbart 1, ACORN 0. It's just that the game is basketball so the first point doesn't mean a whole heck of a lot.

"It's people who still beli... (Below threshold)
LiberalNItemare:

"It's people who still believe in their basic mission of fighting for poor people."

Fighting for poor people, Selling Poor People into prostitution - same same.

"As far as the work in the ... (Below threshold)
jim m:

"As far as the work in the communities and policy campaigns, no one will notice the difference,"

In other words they didn't do squat for the poor and needy so their absence will in reality be more of the same.

So since ACORN was essentially a joint venture of the SEIU and the democratic party, which of the two will be running his show in the near future?

This seems to be the prevai... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

This seems to be the prevailing tactic. ACORN changes their name and Obama changes the back drops for his speeches.

Last night Bill O'Reilly fe... (Below threshold)

Last night Bill O'Reilly featured clips from a 2007 speech in which Senator Barack Obama repeatedly underscored his support for ACORN.

ACORN can run, or change its name (actually it did so last year, to "Community Organizations International") but it won't ever be able to hide from its massive history of corruption.

ACORN and Barack Obama really do seem to be a good fit for one another, don't they?




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