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ACORN = Pimps?!?!


Officials with the controversial community organizing group ACORN were secretly videotaped offering to assist two individuals posing as a pimp and a prostitute, encouraging them to lie to the Internal Revenue Service and providing guidance on how to claim underage girls from South America as dependents.

The videotape was made public Thursday on BigGovernment.com, a political blog launched by Andrew Breitbart as a companion site to his BigHollywood.breitbart.com blog.

In the videotape, made on July 24, James O'Keefe, a 25-year-old independent filmmaker, posed as a pimp with a 20-year-old woman named "Kenya" who posed as a prostitute while visiting ACORN's office in Baltimore. The couple told ACORN staffers they wanted to secure housing where the woman could continue to maintain a prostitution business.

ACORN â?? the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now â?? bills itself as the nation's largest community of low- and moderate-income families "working together for social justice and stronger communities," according to its Web site. The organization has been accused by Republicans and conservative activists with fraud in voter registration drives around the country and has been under fire since last year for its support of President Obama and for its planned participation in next year's census.

A spokesman for ACORN, Scott Levenson, when asked to comment on the videotape, said: "The portrayal is false and defamatory and an attempt at gotcha journalism. This film crew tried to pull this sham at other offices and failed. ACORN wants to see the full video before commenting further."

On the videotape, "Kenya" can be seen telling an ACORN staffer that she earns roughly $8,000 a month. The ACORN employee then suggests to "Kenya" that ACORN could submit a tax return for 2008 showing that she made $9,600 for the entire year â?? instead of $96,000 â?? and that ACORN would charge "Kenya" $50 instead of the usual $150 fee for preparing her taxes.

ACORN offers tax preparation and benefits application services free of charge during tax season; it charges nominal fees during non-tax season.

The ACORN staffer can also be seen suggesting that the prostitute list her occupation as a freelance "performing artist."

"It's not dancing, trust me," the "pimp" says.

"But dancing is considered an art," the ACORN staffer replies. "[Exotic dancers] usually go under performing artists, or yeah, they usually go under performing arts, which will be what you are â?? a performing artist."

The "pimp" later says that he and "Kenya" plan to bring up to 13 "very young" girls from El Salvador to work as prostitutes. Although an ACORN staffer points out their plans are illegal, she also suggests that the girls can be claimed as dependents.

"What if they are going to be making money because they are performing tricks too?" the pimp says.

"If they making money and they are underage, then you shouldn't be letting anybody know anyway," the ACORN staffer says, and laughs. "It's illegal. So I am not hearing this, I am not hearing this. You talk too much. Don't give up no information you're not asked."

The "pimp" then asks ACORN staffers to "promise" not to discriminate against his sex worker because of "who she is and what she does," according to the audiotape.

"If we don't have the information, then how are we going to discriminate?" the ACORN staffer replies. "You see what I am saying?"

If the girls are under age 16, the ACORN staffer says on the tape, then they are not legally allowed to work in the state, regardless of what they do.

"So it's like they don't even exist?" "Kenya" asks.

"Exactly," the ACORN staffer replies. "It's like they don't even exist."

The staffer goes on to suggest that as many as three of the underage girls can be listed as dependents at the home, but a "flag" will be raised if as many as 13 are listed.

"You are gonna use three of them," the staffer says. "They are gonna be under 16, so you is eligible to get child tax credit and additional child tax credit."

The ACORN workers also appear to be promoting the group's services to the "pimp" and "Kenya."

A second ACORN employee can be heard on the audiotape suggesting that the couple join the organization for an annual cost of $120 prior to attending one of its first-time homebuyer seminars, which are underwritten with taxpayer funds.

Later, when the "pimp" asks what would happen if the organization is somehow connected to the scheme, the ACORN staffer replies, "First of all, it's not gonna damage us because we not gonna know. And with your girls, you tell them, 'Be careful.' Train them to keep their mouth shut."

"These girls are like 14, how can we trust them?" the pimp asks.

"Just be very, very careful," the ACORN staffer says. "Whatever you do, always keep your eyes in the back of your head."

Reached by FOX News, O'Keefe said he was "shocked" at the level of assistance provided by ACORN staffers.

"I was prepared for them to call the police, throw me out of the office and be hostile," he said. "Without hesitation, they helped me every way they could with evading taxes and setting me up with a brothel, with getting around federal tax laws â?? doing everything they could to help us. I was completely shocked."

House Republicans issued a report in July accusing ACORN of engaging in a scheme to use taxpayer money to support a partisan political agenda. California Rep. Darrell Issa, the top Republican on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, called for a criminal investigation into the group, which dismissed the report as a "partisan attack job."


LOL I just saw this story on the news, and I never knew prostitution was considered a "performing art."


Repeat after me: ACORN is a black racialist organization bent on extracting tribute money from whites through the use of thuggery, guilt, voter fraud, and outright intimidation.

When a black leader uses the term "community" - let's put it this way - whites are not intended.


Isn't that the truth.


Especially POTUS! That guy hates whites!




His wife too, right PR?


His wife is without a doubt racist. Theres a story breaking in the next few days where she slapped one of her white secret service agents. She didn't think he was doing enough to protect her teeth from ivory poachers.


He doesn't care. His whole game is attempted ridicule of anyone bringing facts into discussions.

At least he's dropped the FightingIrish nutswinging and the '1!' binary for the time being.

Right, G_L?


Nothing will ever be done about ACORN while either the Democrats are in charge or even if the present cowardly pandering Republicans were to regain power. They would be too busy tripping over themselves in an effort to prove they are not racists.


You always bring the best "facts" PR. Fact.


does anyone have a link to an unedited video? I have people i want to give this too, but beck is to much of a tarnish for them to want to watch it.

i watched footage of this on youtube, and it is pretty shocking about how she does not even wince at the idea of helping these two setup an underage brothel. seriously over the line.


Pimps for the Long-Legged Mack Daddy.


Speaking of "facts," do you have any outrage to direct towards the venerable "community" organizers in the video, or is that just a big joke to you like everything else? It's funny that whenever we have a thread documenting (should have put "scare" "quotes" there, too, shouldn't I?) some ghastly behavior committed by someone or something Leftists such as yourself hold sacred, you simply ignore it or attempt to slay the messenger with your form of mouth-breathing guffawing.

I tend to view prostitution as a form of slavery since for most girls, it is.


why wouldn't the IRS be shitting all over ACORN at this point? Or the FBI? neither gives a shit about ACORNs political leanings. And the fact that they were willing to drop advice like that for 50 dollars, the IRS not doing anything, smells fishy to me.

I showed this to my friend whose a private tax accountant. He said as far as the prostitution and lying about income, thats the standard advice given to criminals. Double the " this meeting never happened, there will be no paperwork" part too. Though he did say after hearing the part about smuggling in girls as prostitutes he would refund the person and kindly ask them to leave, but he also said theres plenty of accountants out there who wouldnt think twice bout helping them for that part, that is for higher fees.

ACORN showing people how to hide tax money, pretty ironic? I thought you guys dig on avoid taxes?


You should try to get to know some black people perhaps.

Ive been invited to black community gathering dinners before, and im not even black, or even lived in the involved community, i live in a near geriatric suburb, and on top of that hate democrats. Maybe its just becuase im that gangster i guess.

or maybe ACORN gave them mind reading powers from the Area 51 vaults becuase they have nazi socialist access everywhere, and found out im a sucker for fried okra.


You really think avoiding taxes is the issue here?


To be fair, he does visit 14 year old hookers every weekend. He doesn't see a problem with anything.


Of course he does.


well the story just broke, adn the IRS does care who you are. They, for instance, wont take on an entitiy that they feel would not look good publicly and acorn definetely falls into that category. They are also more likely to negotiate taxes on a yearly basis with larger entities than say you or me.

so what your saying is that this probably was not the first time that the lady in the tape had done this illegal act or helped setup underage brothels. That and that your accountant buddy belongs in jail too.