The largest state chapter in ACORN’s dubious empire finds a cynical way to keep the money coming in.
With help from docile Democratic politicians and journalists, ACORN is attempting to perpetrate yet another spectacular fraud on the American people.
After the American public saw the true face of ACORN last year, hidden camera videos showing its workers across the nation bending over backwards to facilitate underage prostitution, fraud, immigrant smuggling, and tax evasion in the name of social justice, ACORN realized it needed to take emergency action to protect its revenue streams.
So among other measures the embattled radical advocacy group is changing the name of its largest state chapter in an effort to keep tax dollars and foundation grants flowing into its coffers. ACORN feels it needs to do this because California ACORN is a critical component of the ACORN empire, boasting 37,000 dues-paying members.
With the fallout from the hidden camera videos, congressional funding of ACORN’s election fraud and racketeering business is no longer guaranteed, so ACORN decided to reconstitute its California operation as the “new” group Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE).
ACCE claims that it is “up and running as an independent state-wide organization with no legal, financial or structural ties to ACORN.”
Of course we know that ACCE is lying. How do we know this?
For starters, because ACCE’s new executive director is Amy Schur. Schur is a loyal 20-year-plus ACORN employee who has shown her willingness to get her hands dirty for the cause.
Marcel Reid, a former member of ACORN’s national board, said Schur is corrupt and hopelessly tainted. “If there was true reform, why would Amy Schur be the head of ACCE?” she said.
Reid, who with other ACORN whistleblowers formed a group called ACORN 8, was expelled from ACORN in 2008 when she tried to investigate a nearly $1 million embezzlement by founder Wade Rathke’s brother.
According to the ACORN 8, Schur participated in an eight-year long cover-up of the theft whose exposure in 2008 led to Rathke’s ouster.
ACORN insiders say Schur has intimate knowledge of how ACORN operates. Schur has been in charge of the group’s national campaigns and is likely to testify later this year in Nevada when ACORN goes on trial for illegally paying canvassers to register Nevada voters in the 2008 presidential campaign. Her testimony could be devastating to ACORN because it could publicly air many of the group’s skeletons.
Then there’s the fact that ACCE registered with the California secretary of state’s office on Dec. 8, the day after the so-called independent review of ACORN by former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger that claimed to clear ACORN of wrongdoing.
ACCE’s office address is shown in the registration as 3655 S. Grand Ave., Suite 250, Los Angeles 90007. That address just so happens to be the address of California ACORN’s headquarters too.
A new splinter group trying to make a clean break with the original group would presumably have the good sense not to operate out of the original group’s office.
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H/T to National Review Online