This had better not be an April Fools joke…
The New York Times reports that the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) will close its doors by April 1.
The organization is “developing a plan to resolve all outstanding debts, obligations and other issues,” said a statement released by the group.
Acorn has been battered by criticism from the right and has lost federal money and private donations since a video sting was publicized last fall.
ACORN lost federal grant money, participation in IRS tax assistance programs and a contract with the Census Bureau after a series of voter fraud cases in multiple states. Public support for the organization, largely considered to be the action wing of the progressive movement, was lost after video of a sting operation was released by film students James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles. O’Keefe and Giles posed as a pimp and a prostitute trying to import underage sex workers from El Salvador. ACORN employees at multiple locations offered tax shelter advice and appeared to have no qualms about the nature of the couple’s “business”.