Today was the day that ACORN was supposed to die. Picking as the official closing date April Fool’s Day was not a coincidence, because if you really believed that ACORN was going to cease operations, you were being fooled.
Even CEO Bertha Lewis denied ACORN was closing.
ACORN’s announcement of “bringing its operations to a close” was just another deceptive tactic designed to take the pressure off so they can continue their scheme of using public dollars and private donations to advance their radical progressive agenda. And now there is proof.
Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) released a report examining the 13 supposedly new organizations that came out of ACORN’s demise. He took a look at the corporate filings of the new organizations:
“Based on review of these corporate filings, Committee investigators have discovered that Affordable Housing Centers of America, Inc. maintains the same Tax Identification Number as ACORN Housing, Inc., its predecessor,” the Issa-released Report found. “This means that, for tax purposes, Affordable Housing Centers of American and ACORN Housing are the same. Additionally, Committee investigators found that several new ACORN affiliates maintain the same boards, staff and Employer Identification Numbers as former ACORN offices. This reflects the lack of true change or reform between these new organizations and their predecessors.”
Sounds like a Who Song, “Meet the New ACORN, Same as the Old ACORN”
A document detailing the sale by Bertha Lewis on behalf of ACORN to the newly formed Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (“ACCE”) in return for cash shows how a rebranded ACORN chapter is essentially an ACORN chapter reborn with the same assets, same membership lists, and without real reform. The document, titled “Asset Transfer and License Agreement” states, “ACORN owns certain valuable assets associated with its activities in California (‘the assets’) and desires to dispose of the Assets by selling them for fair market value to another organization that will use them to conduct similar charitable or social welfare activities in California.”
According to the agreement, ACCE has hired former ACORN employees, purchased the ACORN database of dues-paying members, and purchased a database with “e-mail contact information for approximately 16,202 potential contributors residing in California.” Moreover, the agreement reveals that ACORN has not closed: “[a]s of the date of this Agreement, ACORN is a nonprofit corporation duly organized, validly existing and in good standing under the laws of the State of Arkansas, and has full power and authority to carry on its operations as now conducted[.]”The agreement was signed on March 24, 2010 by Bertha Lewis and March 25, 2010 by Amy Schur.
Why would ACORN engage in such an elaborate ruse? Money, it needs to shake off the “bad image” it earned through the embezzlement stories, the voter fraud and of course the amazing efforts of the Team of Hannah Giles/James O’Keefe (the undercover Hooker/Pimp team who exposed so much about ACORN’s real intentions) to regain the confidence of fundraisers. It also take the congressional pressure off, as congress can’t ban federal funds being given to an organization that doesn’t exist. I would imagine that an unexpected consequence is that congressman Jerrold Nadler will no longer have to spend as much time defending the group so he can go back to spending all of his time the all-you-can-eat buffet that opened across the street from his NYC office.
If you would like to read the entire Issa report Click HERE