My SamSphere colleague Andrew Griffin has written an excellent expose on ACORN over at the Oklahoma blog Red Dirt Report. An excerpt:
ACORN began in Little Rock, Arkansas in the 1970’s as a welfare-rights group working with low-income folks. But over the years, ACORN grew beyond the boundaries of the Natural State and in the process expanded the number of core issues it would address.
But in those intervening years there have been countless examples of fraud, rabble-rousing and even nepotism and embezzlement on the part of the brother of ACORN founder Wade Rathke. Then there is the growing scandal related to voter fraud connected to ACORN voter registration drives. With everyone from Mickey Mouse to Jimmy John’s (a restaurant) to the players on the Dallas Cowboys (in Nevada?!?) getting registered across the country, a growing number of states are looking into ACORN and the false voter registration forms.
I encourage you to read the whole post here.