Embarrassed by Video, ACORN Announces Changes

Published September 17, 2009

ACORN, the community organizing group that has been the subject of an embarrassing video, announced a series of changes designed to avoid future missteps.

ACORN, which stands for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, was secretly taped by a conservative group advising two people posing as a pimp and prostitute. The illicit duo was purportedly attempting to set up a brothel with underage women from Central America. Following the release of the tape, which has played on TV as well as on YouTube, ACORN announced an immediate training program for all front-line staff and selection of an independent auditor by the end of this week, CNN reports.

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

Meanwhile, FBI Director Robert Mueller suggested that a federal investigation into the group’s activities could be forthcoming. "I think the first time I heard of this incident to which you refer was last evening," Mueller said. "Clearly, given what you have said, it's something in consultation with the Department of Justice that we would look at." About a dozen states already are investigating ACORN for alleged voter registration fraud stemming from the general election in 2008.

Written by BET.com Staff

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