Inside ACORN

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

John Atlas goes beyond the headlines of the last Presidential campaign to describe what really happened in ACORN's massive voter registration drives, why it triggered an unrelenting attack by Fox News and the Republican Party, and how it confronted its internal divisions and scandals. In Seeds of Change:The Story of ACORN, America's Most Controversial Antipoverty Community Organizing Group, he tells the history of the organization.


John Atlas

Comments [9]

sad from VA

Apparently no one is aware of the fact that there is proof that Aborn used taxpayer money to invest in the stock market and to build homes and refurbish others and charge top dollar. I tracked money through one account to a healthcare service to an account in the Cayman Islands. They are using the very people who they are suppose to be helping as well as taxpayer dollars to enrich the top dogs in my opinion from the info I've collected. They also apparently don't pay their taxes according to government records.

Jun. 23 2010 01:21 PM
beth from nyc

Acorn didn't collapse because of the pimp video. They had a very long history of corruption, embezzlement, and strong-arm tactics with banks and politicians. Acorn collapsed because everyone wanted them gone and the video provided them with an "out".

Jun. 22 2010 08:12 PM
Rosanne Potter from Westfield, NJ

John Atlas said that Acorn has been destroyed and that Bertha Lewis is no longer attached to the organization. Neither of these things are true -- Acorn is still fighting in court (tomorrow in NYC, in Acorn vs. USA at United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
500 Pearl Street 9th Floor, Ceremonial Courtroom, New York, NY, 10007, at 10:00AM) for the right not to be singled out for punishment without any court having ruled that they were guilty of anything (the classic definition of a bill of attainder). Leonard should have known about this and asked John Atlas why he was acting as if the issues were all moot.

Jun. 22 2010 06:04 PM
Ed from Queens from Queens NY

Another view:

Jun. 22 2010 02:39 PM
Edward from NJ

When people are out to get you -- and yes, there were many people out to get Acorn -- you need to be squeaky clean. It's hardly a good defense to say that only 30% of the offices were willing to help the faux-pimp out. I'm not sure how relevant the wardrobe issue is. Is it better to give tax advice on how to hide a criminal enterprise to a guy in khakis?

Jun. 22 2010 02:04 PM
HMI from Brooklyn

Mr. Atlas lies rather blatantly about those Acorn videotapes, which are available in various places to be seen uncut and unedited.

Jun. 22 2010 01:51 PM

Haha, listening to this makes me so furious.


Fox News fooled us all, even Jon Stewart bought it.

Jun. 22 2010 01:47 PM
norman from NYC

I still can't understand how the Republicans destroyed Acorn so effectively.

Jun. 22 2010 01:45 PM
a g from n j

acorn-victims of a disgusting political hatchet job. had their funds cut because of a complete set up video. worse,there was no legal provision for cutting off funds even if they were guilty. if you follow the worse case scenario,that being,that there was complete corruption at this particular office,how in the world,do you justify cutting off money nation wide! meanwhile,lobbyists have free access to the pockets of congress people who do the bidding of corporations, aka the unmentionable conrgress person who blocked any posiblity of real and meaningful health care reform. shame on schumer,and the black and latino "leaders" who went along with this charade,for whatever reason.

Jun. 22 2010 11:58 AM

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