The largest state chapter in ACORN’s dubious empire finds a cynical way to keep the money coming in.
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Simply put, there is absolutely no reason to believe ACCE won’t be controlled from above as other affiliates are controlled in the ACORN network, itself a tangled mess of interlocking directorates and affiliated tax-exempt groups.
ACORN’s sleight-of-hand in California is the way the group has always done business.
ACORN plays a game of corporate musical chairs when it gets into trouble. When an ACORN affiliate does something admirable, ACORN emphasizes the ties it has to that affiliate. When an affiliate does something infamous, ACORN plays dumb and its byzantine organizational structure allows it to claim plausible deniability.
Such chicanery is standard operating procedure at ACORN, according to ACORN lawyer . In an internal legal memo in 2008 Kingsley described the hoops that ACORN jumps through to create the façade that its affiliates are independent of each other.
Key ACORN affiliates argue they are not “‘affiliated,’ ‘related,’ or ‘controlled’ by or with each other, for various legal purposes, while allowing actual control to be exercised in a highly coordinated manner,” she wrote. ACORN suffers from “an organizational culture that resembles a family business more than an accountable organization.”
ACORN is indeed like Tony Soprano’s family business — but I digress.
Changing the name of California ACORN to ACCE is a slight variation of this game of institutional hide-and-seek that allows ACCE to easily blend into the woodwork and become just another little box on ACORN’s organizational chart.
As if on cue, longtime ACORN ally Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) has already welcomed ACCE to the community organizing fold, but Fannie Brown, who used to be a California state delegate on ACORN’s national board, said she’s very skeptical of the “new” group.
“They started washing it a little bit and then they poured some bleach on it and kind of polished it up a little more to make it look good,” said Brown, who with Reid is a member of ACORN 8.
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It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
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