The perpetrator of the ACORN "sting" videos just got stung. Last week James O'Keefe, the videos' maker, was arrested in New Orleans. As evidence of his alleged law-breaking in pursuit of an extremist agenda, he was charged with entering federal property under false pretenses for the purpose of committing a felony at Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu's office.
I don't find this a bit surprising given how he made and edited the ACORN videos. But the thing is, this latest round of alleged law-breaking could have been prevented. That's right!
O'Keefe's arrest comes directly on the heels of a spate of investigations and court decisions  that have exonerated ACORN in the wake of his attack videos. The Congressional Research Service  and former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger  have already concluded that it was O'Keefe, and not ACORN staff, even those fired for acting inappropriately, who broke the law in the undercover videotapes.
In the wake of the videos, ACORN has taken serious and aggressive steps to address management weaknesses, including a phased introduction of new procedures based on the recommendations of Mr. Harshbarger. This has built on an existing internal reform process that had been gaining momentum throughout 2009, but was thrown off by the witch hunt engendered by the tapes.
The good news in all this is that is shows that we are on the right side of history - and so are you. By stepping up to demand an investigation of O'Keefe's actions against ACORN, you are taking at stand against the attack media and its corporate patrons who are trying desperately to silence progressive voices and stop progressive change.
Make no mistake, it is ACORN's success that has made the Glenn Beck/Karl Rove/Sarah Palin crowd so determined to destroy us. According to a study by the New Organizing Institute (NOI), an esitmated 865,000 people cast ballots in 2008 that had been successfully registered by ACORN since 2004.
With your support we will make sure that working families have a strong voice in 2010.
In solidarity and strength,
ACORN CEO and Chief Organizer
 Center for Constitutional Rights web page on Defund ACORN lawsuit.
http://www.acorn.org/index.php?id=12439&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=22639&tx_ttnews[backPid]=12340&cHash=072a69d978 http://ccrjustice.org/node/1912  The non-partisan Congressional Research Service released an 85-page report that found no wrong-doing by ACORN and suggests that the videographers broke state laws with their secret taping. http://www.acorn.org/index.php?id=12439&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=22648&tx_ttnews[backPid]=12340&cHash=7fb563f816  Report of former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger.
ACORN is the nation's largest community organization of low- and moderate-income families, with over 500,000 member families organized into neighborhood chapters in 71 cities across the country. Since 1970 ACORN has taken action and won victories on issues of concern to our members. Our priorities include: better housing for first time homebuyers and tenants, living wages for low-wage workers, more investment in our communities from banks and governments, and better public schools. ACORN is an acronym, and each letter should be capitalized. ACORN stands for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.
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