Non-profit ACORN plans to shut down
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
The US community organizing group (ACORN) will end its operations due to dwindling funds. The group said in a statement that it would close most of its field offices by April 1.
The heads of the organization said in a joint statement that "ACORN's members have a great deal to be proud of—from promoting homeownership to helping rebuild New Orleans, from raising wages to winning safer streets, from training community leaders to promoting voter participation—ACORN members have worked hard to create stronger communities, a more inclusive democracy, and a more just nation."
The group, founded in 1970, played a prominent role in the 2008 US presidential elections, as it conducted many voter registration drives and fundraising for then-Senator Barack Obama, among other candidates. The organization first became scrutinized during the , when some of its employees were accused of . Matters got worse in 2009 after an undercover video revealed two of its employees giving advice on how to set up a prostitution ring and commit tax fraud.