Conservatives couldn’t stop health care, but they are probably very proud of themselves for the demise of ACORN.
“It’s really declining revenue in the face of a series of attacks from partisan operatives and right-wing activist that have taken away our ability to raise the resources we need,” ACORN spokesman Kevin Whelan said.
Several of its largest affiliates, including ACORN New York and ACORN California, broke away this year and changed their names in a bid to ditch the tarnished image of their parent organization and restore revenue that ran dry in the wake of the video scandal. They will continue to operate under their new names and aren’t affected by ACORN’s decision to shut down.
It was partisan politics that hurt a group that did more for the communities than its detractors ever did.
ACORN, whose network spanned some 40 states, was a favorite Republican target even before the video brouhaha. But its financial situation and reputation went into free fall within days of the videos’ release in September, and even Democratic backers began scattering. Congress reacted by yanking ACORN’s federal funding, private donors held back cash and scores of ACORN offices closed.
Earlier this month, a U.S. judge reiterated an earlier ruling that the federal law blacklisting ACORN and groups allied with it was unconstitutional because it singled them out. But that didn’t mean any money would be automatically be restored.
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