We are members and leaders in ACORN. The ACORN 8 consists of national, state and local board members, presidents or chairs. As such, we are leaders in our communities and within ACORN. We are typically loyal Democrats and we don’t understand why Democratic leaders have not rallied to help us. Don’t Democrats care about poor people? Don’t Democrats care about right and wrong? But regardless of political party affiliation, we all share a passion for helping the underserved and disenfranchised through direct community action.

ACORN is not living up to its original mission – and that is to give meaningful voice and empower low and moderate income members of society. ACORN has been corrupted from its original purpose by senior management and an organizational structure that exploits the low and moderate income membership ACORN was founded to serve.

Voter fraud, voter registration fraud, unpaid taxes, unfair labor practices, etc, while tantalizing are not the problem, but merely symptoms of ACORN corruption and failed leadership. The real problem with ACORN is its governance – and the lack of transparency and accountability of that leadership.