Days after the release of hidden-camera videos led to the firing of four ACORN workers in Baltimore and Washington who assisted an independent filmmaker posing as a pimp to apply for an illegal housing loan for a brothel, a third video has surfaced showing ACORN workers offering the same kind of assistance at the organization’s office in Brooklyn, N.Y.
As in their previous undercover stings, filmmaker James O’Keefe, 25, and partner Hannah Giles, 20, who posed as a prostitute, received advice from ACORN workers on how to launder their earnings and avoid detection from law enforcement officials while running a prostitution business.
"You have to find another name for it," an ACORN employee tells the pair seeking a mortgage in the Brooklyn office. "Honesty is not going to get you the house. You can’t say what you do for a living."
You can watch the videos here.
ACORN’s chief organizer, Bertha Lewis responds:
The relentless attacks on ACORN’s members, its staff and the policies and positions we promote are unprecedented. An international entertainment conglomerate, disguising itself as a "news" agency (Fox), has expended millions, if not tens of millions of dollars, in their attempt to destroy the largest community organization of Black, Latino, poor and working families in the country. It is not coincidence that the most recent attacks have been launched just when health care reform is gaining traction. It is clear they’ve had these tapes for months.
Please! Any organization that have had these type of problems they have had would have been defunded and investigated by now. I can see one office, possibly, but three? How many more will come out? And mind you this is just two people investigating. Now ACORN is threatening to sue Fox News, Hannah Giles and James O’Keefe. This group has received $53 million dollars of taxpayer money, and over $1 million this year directly to ACORN Housing (yes the offices that are in the spotlight).
Contact the White House and urge the Administration to see that this group is denounced, investigated and is defunded of taxpayer money.