Did you hear that the scandal-plagued Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) is schedule to dissolve today?
ACORN chief organizer Bertha Lewis and her allies in the mainstream media said so and everything.
April Fool’s! Ha ha ha.
Whew! ACORN almost had America going there.
The truth is ACORN’s not going anywhere. Right now the embattled organization that used to employ President Obama is engaged in a strategic retreat. ACORN is plundering the assets of state chapters and affiliated organizations and stockpiling cash for future use.
I know this because in recent days ACORN sources have told me repeatedly and in no uncertain terms that the much-publicized shut-down of ACORN today is a gigantic fraud. ACORN intends to avoid the spotlight for a year or two and then come back using a new name, they say.
The sources’ comments echo the leaked email from full-time ACORN cyber-agitator Nathan Henderson-James who confirmed the whole thing’s a big joke.
A dozen ACORN state chapters reincorporated to seem like new, independent organizations will soon spring up to carry on ACORN’s business, the email from ACORN’s online director suggested in late February.
There will be “a dozen or more organizations launched on the state level by staff who used to work for ACORN and leaders who developed their skills as ACORN members,” Henderson-James wrote.
The secret message was posted on Townhouse, an invitation-only discussion forum run by Matt Stoller, senior policy adviser to Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.).
So far at least six state chapters have attempted to reinvent themselves. The latest is ACORN’s Texas chapter which has become the “Texas Organizing Project.”
The crown jewels of the ACORN network -ACORN Housing and Project Vote– also aren’t going away.
ACORN Housing, whose employees were caught on hidden-camera video last year by James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles providing a walk-in legal clinic for prostitutes, pimps, and illegal immigrant smugglers, has filed legal papers changing its name to Affordable Housing Centers of America.
The notorious Project Vote, which registers Mickey Mouse, household pets, and the dead to vote every election cycle, is also still is business.
So, if you believe ACORN is dead and buried, the joke’s on you.