September 16th, 2009
04:47 PM ET
13 years ago

ACORN announces hiring freeze, new training

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="In the videos, the individuals seek advice on setting up a brothel with underage women from El Salvador."]

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The community organizing group ACORN Wednesday announced a hiring freeze, new training programs and an independent review of its programs following the recent release of a series of videotapes embarrassing to the agency.

The videos - secretly taped by two individuals posing as a pimp and prostitute –showed ACORN employees in four of the agency's offices suggesting or condoning a series of illicit actions as the couple sought advice on setting up a brothel with underage women from El Salvador.

"We have all been deeply disturbed by what we've seen in some of these videos," said ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis. "I must say on behalf of ACORN's Board and our Advisory Council that we will go to whatever lengths necessary to reestablish the public trust."

The steps announced include an immediate halt in hiring for all ACORN offices, an immediate training program for all frontline staff, and selection of an independent auditor by the end of this week.

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  1. ComradeObummer


    If I see anymore GOVT funding to ACORN, I'll cheat on my taxes.


    I'm not of paying more and more taxes when it goes to PUPPET groups like this.

    September 16, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  2. Sue

    How about a FREEZE on all funding to ACORN...........permanently?

    September 16, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  3. ComradeObummer

    I love reading the clowns who blame FOX NEWS for researching and reporting this.

    Yeah, let's blame the messenger vs the GUILTY PARTY.

    ACORN has been and still is a CORRUPT organization.

    Deal with it, Obama's pals got caught in the cookie jar.


    September 16, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  4. Mike in MN

    I wonder if the Democrats have thought thru this whole thing about trying to label everyone who is opposed to Obama's policies a racists.
    Polls show a lot more oppostion to his policies then their are Republicans out there. In fact polls show a lot of independents are opposed to many of Obama's policies.
    Are just the Republicans the racists? Aren't they afraid the independents will get really pissed of at being called a racist when they just don't line the public option or are concerned about all the spending and increasing deficits?
    Or do they just think the independents will become afraid of the social stigma of being called a racist and change their point of view?

    September 16, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  5. Sue

    Would love to hear Obamas comments on this scandal, considering he was closely associated with them and considered them a great organization.

    September 16, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  6. Chipster

    Once again, proof that the media doesn't have a clue what investigative journalism is all about. Why did a couple of young kids ferret out this story while the news agencies gave us more of the same old tabloid garbage!

    Are there any professional journalists anymore? ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX NEWS, MSNBC, anyone? Any serious journalists? Hello?

    This sort of corrupt can likely be found in most any large organization but we'll never know until a couple of ambitious youngster decide to do a little research.

    September 16, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  7. Lauren in Ohio

    The Liberal Democrats in Washington are chomping to the the Attorney General investigate the CIA, but yet not one stinking word from them about having the AG go after ACORN.
    They are more worried about someone who called the Prez a liar.

    September 16, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  8. aaron B.

    I'm what you'd call a "Liberal Democrat" in some debates. . . and I'm sorry there is NO EXCUSE for that behavior. . . . ACORN needs to be dismantled and burned.
    If most people see this organization as standing for people like me . . . I want it to no longer exist. Thanks xoxo

    September 16, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  9. Lisa P

    The funny thing is that the same people who want to condemn ACORN for the actions of a few of its' employees are the first to cry "Foul" when the anti-government/anti-Cbama Right is called racist because of the racist statements and actions of "a few" of its' sympathizers.

    Which is it, guys? Does the worst part represent the whole or is it "just" a few fringe undesirables? Your hypocrisy is making my head spin!

    September 16, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  10. GuyinVA

    What new training? How to spot covert cameras? Does this series of ACORN videos surprise anyone?

    September 16, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  11. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    Uh-oh. The democratic party's FLAG-SHIP ORGANIZATION is in trouble. We know now that Acorn is useful when it comes to setting up prostitution rings and rigging elections and censi. I wonder how useful it will be in securing the Olympics for Chicago. 🙂

    September 16, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  12. Farrell in Houston

    Remember people, there is always a bigger story to be told and it won't be about ACORN or the Democrat Party, so don't be so quick to judge. Just keep your ears open.

    September 16, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    People fail to remember that Acorn is a REPUBLICAN FOUNDED AND FUNDED group that the Republicans have tried to connect to Obama.


    September 16, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  14. jules sand-perkins

    ACORN just needs to learn to "get over" a little better, then they can move right on along and drag our country further left with them.
    Anybody seriously enough involved in society to deserve to vote would take the initiative to register himself without assistance from somebody out to organize a community.
    There is no valid reason to let this criminal entity function at all, and certainly no reason for the government to fund it.

    September 16, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  15. Linda C.

    Yes, secretly taped by two "young" individuals who did ABC, NBC, CBS and CNN's job. Pathetic!

    September 16, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  16. Nunya

    So where are the videos of the ACORN offices which rebuffed these buffoons? Some of the offices reported the questionable activity to the police. Why don't we hear that in these stories as well? Because the people who were conducting the exposes only wanted to show you the bad behavior, of course.

    Should ACORN be investigated? Yes
    Should the employees who engaged in obviously questionable activity be dealt with harshly? Absolutely
    Does this indicate that ACORN is some evil organization that's out to destroy America? Not even close

    September 16, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  17. jules sand-perkins

    ACORN is not an organization with bad apples in it.
    ACORN is one bad apple standing alone.
    The Big Bad Apple.

    September 16, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  18. m smith

    Im sure it is all the presidents falut anyway. Gee a Fox exclusive. Humm now that is unbiased news. Boy will the repos run with this one. Can we talk about health care instead????

    September 16, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  19. Kaci

    But I'm still waiting for the investigation and withdrawal of federal taxpayer dollars from Halliburton/KBR, Blackwater, the electric contractors who killed workers over in Iraq, and my tax dollars going to pay Ensign for his affairs, and Vitter to pay his prostitutes, AIG, Wall Street – need I go on? As people get rabid and foam at the mouth about ACORN, which has done immeasurable good for 40 years in communities most of these right wing republican detractors wouldn't even step foot in, it like most other large, national organizations have problems that need to be fixed. But the faux righteous indignation from the right would be laughable if it weren't all together repulsive. And the idiot fring just lap it up. the death of our nation is at had – not from a President that you despise – but from an electorate that more identify as sheep than anything else. God help you people, wake up.

    September 16, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  20. Denna

    If ACORN is guilty of misusing funds or other offenses, then they should be punished. But don't even try to tie President Obama to this problem. Community Organizers to a lot of good in America and some do bad – see Tea Party Organizers – but please don't tar all people connected with community organizations an villains.

    September 16, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  21. just truth

    these nitwits can't get there stories straight. when the videos first came out they were saying they knew these people and that it was just a joke. ACORN is the only joke in this.

    September 16, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
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