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This morning Big Government broke the story about an attempt by ACORN to obstruct justice by dumping documents into a trash bin just before a visit from the California AG’s office:
On October 1st, 2009 California Attorney General Jerry Brown announced that an investigation had been opened into ACORN’s activities in California, resulting from undercover videos showing employees seemingly offering to assist the undercover film makers with human smuggling, child prostitution and even tax advice to boot.
Although ACORN has denied any wrongdoing, some of the employees involved were terminated, and ACORN has publicly stated that they would fully cooperate with any investigations that followed.
Interestingly, the local head ACORN organizer in California, David Lagstein was caught on tape earlier this month speaking to an East County Democratic Club.
Mr. Lagstein stated: “…the attorney general is a political animal, but certainly every bit of the communication we have had with them has suggested that the fault will be found with the people that did the video and not the people with ACORN.”
Continuing, Mr. Lagstein stated: “…we are fully cooperating, some of the investigators visited our office this morning and I think they really understand what’s going on.”
Shockingly, we now learn that the ACORN office in National City (San Diego County) engaged in a massive document dump on the evening of October 9th, containing thousands upon thousands of sensitive documents, just days prior to the Attorney General’s visit
Of course ACORN has a different explanation for the document drop, theirs is based in bull crap:
When reached for comment, Amy Schur of ACORN’s state office, explained why the paperwork was in the trash.
“In early October, when our San Diego staff were doing an office clean-up in preparation for a major 10-station phone bank program being set up in our offices, it appears that included in the piles of garbage being thrown out may have been some documents containing private information,” Schur wrote in an e-mail to NBCSanDiego. “To the individuals whose paperwork was pulled out of the dumpster by this guy Derrick Roach – unsuccessful Republican candidate for State Rep in San Diego – we truly apologize. We will seek return of this information so that we may give proper notice of the compromising of the information as required by law.”
When asked about ACORN’s policy for disposing of sensitive documents, Schur said, “It is ACORN’s policy to shred documents with personal information at the point when they no longer need to be retained.”
Tony Krvaric, chairman of the Republican Party of San Diego County a tip-off from the AG’s office may have lead to the document dump.
“This is a massive data breach at the very least of individuals who come to ACORN for help and assistance,” said Krvaric. “To have their information, tax returns, immigration documents thrown in the trash like common trash is absolutely an affront to every San Diegan.”
“[ACORN] cannot be trusted to be helping people here,” Krvaric said.
“I have been specifically asked by certain government officials to not release some of the documents,” he said. He could not identify those officials at this time.
For Krvaric, the main question is what is the California State Attorney’s General doing about this discovery?
“We have nothing to indicate the attorney general is conducting a thorough, fair, without fear or favor investigation,” said Krvaric. “They’ve not stated anything. Clearly there are documents that they’re missing because of this document dump that occurred only six days prior to the attorney general coming into town.”
They have not heard from Attorney General Jerry Brown‘s office, according to Krvaric. He would like Brown’s office to contact him.
“The question is was ACORN tipped off as to when and where or when the attorney general would be arriving?” Krvaric asked.
Schur confirms the ACORN office was aware of Brown’s upcoming visit but said that did not prompt the removal of thousands of documents.
“Absolutely not. Our files were not part of the scope of the visit by the Attorney General’s office, and the majority of what was thrown out was junk – old leaflets, newsletters, etc… It looks like our staff were careless and some documents with personal information were included in the piles of garbage,” Schur wrote.
In a written statement, Evan Westrup wrote “The Attorney General’s Office has contacted the office of the individual who allegedly recovered these documents and has requested that he turn over all information which he believes relates to a violation of law or otherwise relates to our investigation.”
“There is absolutely no truth to the assertion that the Attorney General’s Office has come to any conclusions or that the investigation is complete. This investigation, like all investigations conducted by the Attorney General’s Office, will be fair, comprehensive and independent.”
Roach smiled when he discussed how he happened to be in the right place at the right time for the discovery. He credited both luck and God at times during Monday’s news conference.
“This was an investigator’s dream to get information like this,” said Roach who did run for the California State Assembly 79th District Seat in 2008.
In September, California’s attorney general and San Diego County’s district attorney launched probes into allegations of voter registration fraud by staffers of ACORN.
One month earlier, there was nationwide news coverage of hidden-camera video stings that caught ACORN workers in five regional offices, including one in San Diego County, allegedly offering inappropriate advice and assistance to undercover filmmakers posing as a pimp and prostitute.
A local ACORN staffer in the the group’s National City office was recorded Aug. 18 allegedly suggesting that Tijuana was a preferred border-crossing venue for a dozen underage prostitutes from El Salvador, because “I have a lot of contacts” there.
The ACORN staffer also inquired as to how much the purported prostitute charged customers. He was fired after the video was widely broadcast.
“I think we’re seeing the sad, last chapter of ACORN as we speak,” said Krvaric referring to the documents discovered outside the ACORN office.
It is long past the time that this criminal enterprise is put out of buisness.