Tune in tomorrow morning to Fox News Sunday w/Chris Wallace as ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis and I have what I’m sure will be a spirited discussion. In the meantime, the Washington Post has a game-changing story in Sunday’s paper that includes a depiction of an organization in crisis going back to 2008 – the Post has obtained notes from an ACORN board meeting from August of 2008 that are very revealing.
The first few graphs:
The liberal political organizing group ACORN faced internal chaos and allegations of financial mismanagement and fraud long before two young conservatives embarrassed the group with undercover videos made at field offices in Washington and across the country.
Internal ACORN documents show an organization in turmoil as last year’s presidential election approached, with a board torn over how to handle embezzlement by the founder’s brother and growing concern that donor money and pension funds had been plundered in the insider scheme.
Minutes from a meeting ACORN held in Los Angeles last summer reveal a group then on the brink of financial collapse. “Currently owe over $800k to IRS” the minutes note. “Haven’t paid medical bills of over $300k. We are essentially ‘broke’ nationally and lots of offices are struggling.”
You can read the entire piece – http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/19/AR2009091902550.html