Jerry Brown clears ACORN, despite ‘highly inappropriate’ acts

Report released as group dissolves

Greg Moran
San Diego Union-Tribune
4/1/2010

A report by Attorney General Jerry Brown released Thursday concluded the now defunct community organizing group ACORN did not break any criminal law in incidents captured on now infamous videotapes, but faulted the group for “highly inappropriate behavior.”

The 20-page report capped a months-long probe into the grass roots organization, which formally dissolved Thursday largely under the withering heat brought after the broadcast of the secretly recorded videos at ACORN offices, including one in National City.

The videos purportedly showed employees advising a couple posing as a pimp and prostitute how to cross the border illegally. Brown’s office said those tapes were “severely edited” and the unedited tapes depict a fuller story.

While concluding no crimes were committed, the report said the group could face civil lawsuits stemming from improperly disposing of 20,000 pages of documents that contained personal information on employees and clients. It would be up to individuals to bring the suits…

…The report from Brown, who is running for governor as a Democrat, was released on the day that ACORN dissolved as a national organization. The California ACORN chapter broke away from the national group and many of its members and organizers reformed under a new group, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment…

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