Look What Else Was Found In A Dumpster

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on November 30, 2009

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ACORN seems to think that it can get out of trouble by putting the cosmetic over the substantive:

ACORN, the troubled community service organization, recently considered changing its name in a bid to rehabilitate its image, according to an internal memo obtained by POLITICO.

The document, which will be released Tuesday as part of a Republican congressional forum on ACORN, illustrates the internal deliberation the group has undergone after a year of embarrassing scandals.

The document was found in Dumpster outside of an ACORN office in San Diego, a House Republican aide said. Derrick Roach, an unsuccessful Republican candidate for statehouse in California, took thousands of documents last week from the trash outside the office. An ACORN spokesman confirmed the veracity of the document.

ACORN has been tripped up by voter registration fraud allegations and an undercover investigation which had its employees offering advice on how to set up a brothel and evade taxes. Congress passed, and President Barack Obama signed, a law that cut off much of the organization’s federal funding.

“Our members are having a vigorous discussion about how to move forward most effectively to help working families win living wage jobs, stop foreclosures, and strengthen neighborhoods,” ACORN spokesman Scott Levenson said in a response to inquiries from POLITICO.

And the plan to do that doesn’t involve making documents available to inspectors, or cooperating with a Congressional investigation, or even having the decency to call for an investigation so that individual ACORN offices that engaged in improprieties can be held accountable. No, the thing to do is for ACORN to change its name. Really, that will fix everything.

Feh. These people.

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