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Hooker Video Scandal Aside, Why Are Embezzlement Coverup Conspirators Still at ACORN?

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Posted on September 15 2009 1:15 am
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Glenn Beck said on his TV show that the ACORN employees caught on video in an undercover sting operation were “doing the bidding of people way up above them.”

Marcel Reid, formerly a member of the ACORN national board, said she agreed. ACORN views its workers as “absolutely disposable,” Reid said.

When low-level employees get into trouble with the law, even if ACORN management authorized or condoned their bad behavior, ACORN throws those workers to the wolves. If a worker registers “Mickey Mouse” to vote, ACORN management doesn’t care unless the matter comes to the attention of law-enforcement officials.

Reid believes that although ACORN had to fire employees who advised a couple on the finer legal points of establishing a child prostitution ring, she remains astonished that ACORN officials who covered up a nearly $1 million embezzlement for eight years still have their jobs.

Members of ACORN 8, a reform group founded by former ACORN national board members Marcel Reid and Karen Inman, released a statement yesterday regarding the three videos that have surfaced so far that show ACORN employees telling two undercover journalists posing as a pimp and prostitute how to launder money, evade taxes, defraud banks, and conceal the fictitious scenario the duo cooked up.

Although the ACORN workers caught behaving badly “were immediately terminated for behaving unprofessionally … senior staff members who assisted and concealed a million-dollar Rathke embezzlement remain employed,” ACORN 8 said in the release.

Reid and Inman were expelled from the ACORN board after they asked uncomfortable questions about ACORN’s finances in the wake of an embezzlement scandal involving ACORN founder Wade Rathke.

Rathke had covered up his brother Dale’s circa 2000 theft of $948,000 in ACORN funds, until the long-hidden misappropriation was revealed last year; that revelation led to the founder’s expulsion from the group. Reid and Inman were appointed by the board to probe the group’s finances.

When they tried to actually do so, the same people who had helped Rathke engineer and sustain a coverup showed them the door.

Meanwhile, federal lawmakers may finally be getting the message that ACORN is a corrupt criminal organization. On a vote of 83 to 7 yesterday, the U.S. Senate approved an amendment banning federal housing funds in the pending transportation and housing appropriations legislation from going to ACORN.

The amendment was offered by Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Nebraska). It is unclear what kind of reception the legislation will receive in the House.

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