ACORN Investigation

By: Mary Stone, Phoenix Fellow
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In 2009, American Phoenix founder, Hannah Giles, teamed up with political activist James O’Keefe in order to carry out an undercover investigation into the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. Disguised as a pimp and a prostitute, O’Keefe and Giles visited ACORN offices in several cities including New York, Baltimore, San Diego, and DC. The team captured footage that revealed ACORN employees offering advice on prostitution, tax evasions, underage sex crimes, and more. It was later discovered that the corrupt activities of ACORN members included voter registration fraud on a large scale. Prior to the release of the video footage, ACORN had received over $53,000,000 from the government. After the investigation conducted by O’Keefe and Giles and after a considerable amount of press from the media, ACORN lost federal funding.

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Undercover footage

September 9, 2009 | “ACORN Baltimore Prostitution Investigation” | James O’Keefe | Project Veritas

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September 11, 2009 | “ACORN DC Prostitution Investigation | James O’Keefe | Project Veritas

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p.2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9MCk6GvQO4

September 13, 2009 | “ACORN NYC Child Prostitution Investigation” | James O’Keefe | Project Veritas

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September 15, 2009 | “ACORN San Bernadino Child Prostitution Investigation” | James O’Keefe | Project Veritas

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p.2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHY3MHBl2ug

p.3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hr-1rs5lBjA

September 17, 2009 | “ACORN San Diego Child Prostitution Smuggling” | James O’Keefe | Project Veritas

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October 21, 2009 | “ACORN Philadelphia Prostitution Investigation” | James O’Keefe | Project Veritas

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November 16, 2009 | “ACORN Los Angeles Prostituion Investigation – Employee of the Year” | James O’Keefe | Project Veritas

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November 19, 2009 | “LA Story Program for Torture Victims” | James O’Keefe | Project Veritas

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p.2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bg0HwXIZmCg

What the media said

September 10, 2009 | “Investigate ACORN, Now!” | Fox News | Klen Klukowski | ACORN Project

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September 11, 2009 | “ACORN Workers Caught on Tape Allegedly Advising on Prostitution” | CNN | Bill Tucker, Chris Murphey, and Steve Turnham | ACORN Project

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September 15, 2009 | “News Outlets Largely Ignoring ACORN Scandal, Critics Say” | Fox News | Joshua Rhett Miller | ACORN Project

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September 15, 2009 | “Sean Hannity with Hannah Giles, Andrew Breitbart Discuss ACORN” | Fox News | ACORN Project

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September 21, 2009 | “Obama Backs ACORN Investigation | CBS News | ACORN Project

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September 21, 2009 | “Obama Says ACORN Should Be Investigated” | The Washington Post | Dan Eggen | ACORN Project

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August 15, 2010 | “Federal Appeals Court Reverses Court Decision That Barred Congress from Cutting ACORN’s Funds” | The Huffington Post | John Atlas | ACORN Project

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October 15, 2009 | “ACORN Whistleblower Hannah Giles Enters No Spin Zone” | Fox News | Bill O’Reilly | ACORN Project

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October 21, 2009 | “ACORN’s Current Woes Years in the Making” | NPR | Kevin Whitelaw | ACORN Project

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December 8, 2009 | “Internal Investigation Finds No Illegal Conduct by ACORN Workers” | The Washington Post | Associated Press | ACORN Project

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April 18, 2011 | “ACORN Scandal Redux” | Fox News | Glenn Beck | ACORN Project

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