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Apparently someone missed the memo that states “if it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, it’s a duck.” 

Kudos to Fox’ Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly who have the cohones to do what the rest of msm will not, and that is put the spotlight on the illegal activities of ACORN because a nut by any other name is still a nut.

In the meantime, ACORN desperately looking to keep the federal dollars coming in is changing its name to “Community Organizations International”.  In addition to changing their name, the organization of many has embarked upon a campaign of intimidation, harassment and litigation against whisteblowers.

“Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN) leaders are using the threat of a law suit to silence and intimidate critics, according to current and former members of the liberal activist group.

In a letter dated June 11 an attorney for ACORN advised top whistleblowers that their unauthorized use of the organization’s name could make them liable for monetary damages and injunctive relief. 

 ACORN executives have also changed their organization’s name, which was tarnished by investigations in at least 14 states of allegations of voter registration fraud during the 2008 presidential campaign, and charges by current and former members of financial mismanagement and misrepresentation.

The new name will let ACORN leaders continue their operations without worrying about prior bad publicity, according to Marcel Reid of ACORN 8, a group of present and former members.

 ‘We’ve known for many months now that the name ACORN is going to be retired,’ Reid said. ‘The name has been so damaged to the point where the leadership knows it simply can’t go on as it has with the ACORN label out front and center, especially after all of the reporting.’

In fact, the process has already begun, she noted. Wade Rathke, who founded the organization, announced on his blog that ACORN International has officially changed its name to ‘Community Organizations International.’

Reid also said ACORN is in the process of dismantling Citizen’s Consulting Inc. (CCI), a New-Orleans based non-profit, which has been used to maintain centralized financial control, ACORN 8 activists claim. Tax records show that CCI is interlinked with several ACORN affiliates.”

 So where is the forensic audit or is Rathke jumping through loopholes to avoid it?  Amazing how an organization of thugs with the president’s blessing can be so threatening.  Regardless, ACORN must be held accountable for its fraudulent activities and must not be allowed to escape unscathed.

WASHINGTON EXAMINER