ACORN says it is ordering an independent investigation after two employees were caught on camera
appearing to advise a couple posing as a prostitute and pimp to lie about the woman's profession.
ACORN chief executive Bertha Lewis said Wednesday that the group will work with its advisory council to name an independent auditor and investigator to examine all the systems and processes called into question by the video.
Lewis says ACORN, which stands for Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, will refuse new admissions into its service programs, effective immediately.
Push for FBI probe of ACORN
Texas Rep. Lamar Smith, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, on Tuesday called on the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice to open investigations into the embattled Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, better known by the acronym ACORN.
“For years, ACORN has been the subject of allegations of fraud, misconduct and possible criminal activity. In fact, voter registration fraud allegations have led ACORN to be subject to investigation in 15 states,” Smith wrote in a statement attached to letters sent to FBI Director Robert Mueller and Glenn Fine, the Justice Department’s inspector general.
ACORN mulls suit against Fox News
Facing intensifying scrutiny after the release of several disturbing hidden camera videos, the community organizing group, ACORN, is threatening to sue Fox News, the website Breitbart.com and the two conservative activists who produced the exposes.
ACORN is alleging that the filmmakers committed a felony by shooting the footage of ACORN employees in the act of providing advice on how to falsify tax forms and set-up a child prostitution business—to a man and a woman posing as a pimp and a prostitute.
A lawyer for ACORN said Monday that statutes in Maryland and the District of Columbia made the undercover filming illegal and that the same laws should prohibit the rebroadcast of the tapes by the Web site BigGovernment.com, where they were first posted last week, and on Fox News, which aired clips of the videos.
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