ACORN files for bankruptcy 

If you’re a Republican looking for a cherry to put on top of your election sundae, here it is — pulled straight from the website of Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now:

The ongoing political onslaught caused irreparable harm. This effort was a clear attempt to cast a shadow over the historic 2008 Presidential election, and set up a far right counter offense. Through those attacks we re-tooled and re-organized. Then again came the right-wing media blitz. This time of edited videos that misrepresented our mission, and consequently misled the public. The pressure and cost of defending ourselves in multiple investigations as a result of the falsified videos has eroded our organization. As a result we will be filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy by close of business today.

We have seen this coming for some time. Our chapters closed in the first quarter of the year. We have spent our remaining resources trying to dissolve the organization with integrity, while continuing to respond to the extremist attacks. Allegations and reports will continue to try to undermine all that ACORN has done, often searching for evidence from long before I became CEO.

Thank you to all our members, supporters, funders, friends and allies who helped ACORN carve out a deep and lasting place in history. Let us all learn from the past, and march boldly into the future. ACORN will live on in the hearts of the people it served, and as those of us who fight for justice know, “THE PEOPLE UNITED WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED”.

Yeah, they said it — ACORN is “history.” I’m sure ACORN will be back, in some mutated form or another, but it’s still a significant victory for critics of the organization and its controversial tactics.

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