I'm Tired of Reruns, Isn't it Time For The New TV Season?

Published Tue, Sep 29 2009 3:08 PM

Do you ever get that feeling when you’re watching a rerun on TV that you’d just like to hit fast forward.  You know how the show is going to end, so why not get there a bit quicker.


It looks like Bertha Lewis and the ACORN board members know exactly what I’m talking about.  We’ve brought you the story of how ACORN asked Elizabeth Kingsley to conduct a review of their operations in the wake of the long overdue public disclosure of Dale Rathke’s embezzlement and the subsequent cover up. 


Kingsley warned the board members of the need for a stricter, more defined corporate structure, more defined employee roles and responsibilities, and the need to segregate tax-exempt money from political money.  She warned ACORN that it was heading down a treacherous road and that if they didn’t heed her advice and “make some hard choices now and ensure they are carried out, they almost certainly will be made for you.” 


Here we are one year later.  ACORN’s been caught again.  This time in addition to the Rathke embezzlement and widespread reports of voter registration fraud we’ve got videotaped evidence that ACORN employees provided advice on how to evade IRS regulations and engage in criminal conduct.


ACORN has again commissioned an “independent” review of their operations.  But, rather than engage in the thorough and meaningful investigation that is needed ACORN has decided to fast forward to the end of the program.  Today the ACORN advisory board announced that “"this independent and thorough review, commissioned by the ACORN Board, will review a sample of ACORN service programs in several cities and create a written assessment of the program with a set of recommendations to allow the organization to run intake and service programs in an ethical, professional and effective manner” – and one more thing, it’s preliminary findings will be released by the end of October. 


Yes, you read that right, October.  While I have the utmost respect for former Massachusetts Attorney General Harshbarger, it’s impossible to conduct a meaningful review of this complex organization in one month’s time.   I’ve seen this show before, isn’t it time for the new TV season?

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