Vadum, a researcher at the Capital Research Center, which tracks the funding of left-wing organizations, reports that "ACORN's lawyer warned ACORN 15 months ago to begin fixing its massive internal problems or face certain catastrophe. ACORN didn't listen. It let the problems fester."
Fester they did. ACORN orchestrated voter fraud across the country during 2008. Then came the prostitution scandal in which ACORN staff members were filmed giving advice on how to open brothel, cheat the Internal Revenue Service, and smuggle child prostitutes into the country and claim them as tax deductions.
The publicity, of course, wasn't favorable. ACORN's political support in the federal city dried up. The Census Bureau ended its relationship with the group, which was supposed to help with the 2010 population count. The U.S. Senate voted 83-7 to end funding for ACORN via the federal Housing and Urban Development Department. The House passed a bill 346-75 to end funding. Since 1994, ACORN has received $53 million in taxpayer funds.
The Internal Revenue Service dropped ACORN from its program that offers volunteer tax advice. Even President Obama, once ACORN'S attorney, ran for cover and called for an investigation of its practices.
But all of it, apparently, could have been avoided had ACORN stifled its arrogance and followed the advice of its attorney, Elizabeth Kingsley. She wrote a long memo saying the group had to clean up its act.
Writes Vadum, "The Kingsley memo paints a picture of a once-proud activist conglomerate in utter meltdown and confirms some of the most serious allegations about ACORN now being heard on Capitol Hill. The problems with ACORN, she admits, are systemic."
Kinsgley roundly criticized the group because its constellation of satellite organizations is so complicated ACORN appears to be involved in illegal activity. Maybe that's because it was, and Kingsley knew it. Wrote Kingsley,
Little did Kingsley know how corrupt ACORN was when she wrote her memo. A little more than a year later, the group was nailed in a video prostitution sting, where, again, ACORN staff members offered advice on claiming child prostitutes as tax deductions. "Other legal problems," to use Kingsley's term, is rather an understatement.