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Beck Catches ACORN’s Bertha Lewis in a Lie

Posted on December 10 2009 8:30 am
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ACORN chief organizer Bertha Lewis is a liar, perhaps even a pathological liar.

She lies about ACORN’s track record, its budget, its size, voter fraud, and so many other things.

Glenn Beck nailed her on yet another lie — and it’s a big one.

As Lewis praised the sham so-called audit by ACORN ally Scott Harshbarger the other day, she forgot a key statement that Harshbarger used in the report that supposedly cleared ACORN with respect to the underage illegal alien sex videos.

Harshbarger went to great pains to argue in a lawyerly way that ACORN Housing was totally and completely legally separate and independent from ACORN, that is, the secretive, non-tax-exempt lead entity that heads the ACORN network.

He also went to an effort to point out that as chief organizer (CEO) of ACORN Bertha Lewis has no authority over ACORN Housing, something those of us who study ACORN know is wholly untrue.

Yet in a discussion of the bad behavior of the ACORN Housing employees shown in the hidden-camera videos encouraging child prostitution and fraud, Lewis bragged that she had taken swift and decisive action against the employees.

Beck showed footage from an Oct. 6 press conference at which Lewis spoke. Lewis said

We took action immediately. So, yes, I terminated those employees. Some of them, it was very sad, because they had been working with us for over 10 years.

Expect the lying to continue and to intensify.

Meanwhile, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is concerned that a proposed “Consumer Financial Protection Oversight Board” may give ACORN a voice in shaping financial regulations.

Provisions creating the oversight board are included in legislation that would establish a federal banking bureaucracy to be called the “Consumer Financial Protection Agency.”

Bachmann said yesterday that the vague wording of the legislation (HR 4173) would allow representatives from ACORN to sit on the board:

Groups such as ACORN that have been indicted in more than a dozen states for voter registration fraud and other crimes have shown that they are incapable of adhering to even the most basic standards of ethics. They should neither play a role in overseeing our nation’s financial system nor be eligible for federal funding.

ACORN was a pioneer in using the Community Reinvestment Act, enacted in 1977, to blackmail banks. Today it is pushing to expand the reach of the law championed by then-President Jimmy Carter and Democrats, even though it played a role in the subprime mortgage meltdown.

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