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ACORN staff talk prostitution, pimping

September 15, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The U.S. Senate has voted to block more government grants from going to the community activist group ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now). The vote came after several hidden-camera videos were posted on the Internet, videos showing ACORN employees talking about prostitution and "pimping."The latest video, posted Tuesday, was shot at ACORN's San Bernardino office.

Hidden-camera video taken last month by conservative activists from BigGovernment.com shows an ACORN worker at the San Bernardino office offering help and advice to a couple posing as a pimp and prostitute.

The couple claims they want to set up a brothel and traffic in under-aged girls from El Salvador, then use the illicit sex money to fund a future political campaign. The ACORN employee appears unfazed, explaining she herself used to be an escort.

"I ran a service -- Heidi Fleiss is my hero. I have some experience in how not to get caught."

The ACORN worker claimed she was no stranger to crime, and that she had even shot and killed her ex-husband. And she told the couple not to worry about laundering the sex profits into the campaign.

"Do you think congressmen, even Obama, our president, put down every resource where they got their money?" asks the worker.

This is the latest in a series of four Internet videos shot undercover targeting ACORN. The filmmaker, James O'Keefe, and his colleague, Hannah Giles, tell a similar fictitious story to an employee in the New York office.

Rather than call the police, a staff member advises the couple to hide their illicit income in a tin can.

"You get a tin and you bury it down in there, and you put the money right in there and you cover it up and you don't tell a single soul but yourself where it is," says the NY worker.

An ACORN spokesman calls the videos a right-wing setup.

"They're attempting to create news rather than report the news and they're doing so in a deceiving, not genuine, way," said Scott Levenson, a spokesman for ACORN.

ACORN released a statement Tuesday night:

"She [the worker] did not take them seriously. So she met their outrageousness with her own personal style of outrageousness. She matched their false scenario with her own false scenarios."

The San Bernardino Police Department also released a press release on Tuesday saying that the ACORN worker's claims that she had killed her ex-husband appear to be false, and that have contacted that worker's ex-husbands and they are all alive and well.

Attempts to contact the filmmaker by ABC7 have not been successful.

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