Its style of Blackjack and 21 fails to win the approval of Nevada prosecutors.
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“This is the first time in Minnesota that the office has gone dormant after an election,” she said.
ACORN is moving much of its operations out of its traditional headquarters in New Orleans to New York so executive director Steve Kest and chief organizer Bertha Lewis can exercise tighter control over the whole network, Inman explained.
Former ACORN employees are facing trial on election fraud charges in Pittsburgh, but those charges appear to be on hold now that the ACLU is challenging the constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s voter registration law. ACORN remains under investigation by the local Democratic prosecutor in Cleveland, Ohio, after a grand jury indicted a local man for voting illegally after being registered multiple times by ACORN. The Louisiana attorney general’s office is also investigating ACORN.
The Edwards plea bargain came the same week that CCI, the financial heart of the ACORN network, was accused of filing false lobbying disclosure reports with Congress. That revelation is important because, as former D.C. ACORN housing committee member Charles Turner said earlier this year, CCI “is where the shell game begins.”
“ACORN has over 200 different entities that the money gets moved around to - for this purpose to that purpose, this organization to that organization,” said Turner. “We believe the way the money has been moved around, they’ve been laundering money.”
Federal lawmakers have known for years about ACORN’s unorthodox practices including its use of government resources to promote legislation and its extensive commingling of funds within its network of affiliates.
Former ACORN officials say these activities are controlled by the mysterious CCI, which is located in ACORN’s headquarters in New Orleans. CCI handles the financial affairs of hundreds of affiliates within the ACORN network. ACORN member dues, government money, and foundation grants, are all sucked into the CCI vortex often never to be seen again.
Earlier this month, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California), ranking member on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, sent an information request to the IRS about CCI, which he noted “simultaneously managed the accounts of political and private donor-funded organizations.”
In the letter, Issa asked if “CCI’s co-management of various tax-exempt and non-exempt affiliate accounts, many of which receive federal funds and some of which are 527s, violate[d]” the Internal Revenue Code. His follow-up question was, “If so, has the IRS taken steps to prevent CCI’s co-management of affiliate accounts that are legally required to be separate and segregated?”
Issa’s committee investigators released a report last month stating that ACORN “is a shell game played in 120 cities, 43 states and the District of Columbia through a complex structure designed to conceal illegal activities, to use taxpayer and tax-exempt dollars for partisan political purposes, and to distract investigators.”
The report examines the ACORN network’s abusive interlocking directorates, and claims that the group deliberately organized itself to escape legal and public scrutiny. “ACORN hides behind a paper wall of nonprofit corporate protections to conceal a criminal conspiracy on the part of its directors, to launder federal money in order to pursue a partisan political agenda and to manipulate the American electorate.”
There is “a pattern of loose financial accounting and no firewalls” within the community-based group’s byzantine network of hundreds of affiliated groups, Issa said.
Although the actions and possible outcomes explored in this article aren’t likely to end up killing ACORN outright, it’s clear that the group has already used up more than a few of its nine lives.
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