The former director of New York ACORN, Jon Kest, and his top aides are now busy working at protest events for New York Communities for Change (NYCC). That organization was created in late 2009 when some ACORN offices disbanded and reorganized under new names after undercover video exposes prompted Congress to cut off federal funds. The big question is whether NYCC is getting federal funds, and how many other ACORN spinoffs there are out there doing the same thing? If I had a corporation that was banned from doing business in a given area because of criminal dealings, and I went out and formed a new corporation with the same address, staff and resources as the prior corporation, I'd be charged with fraud, and rightfully so.
NYCCís connection to ACORN isnít a tenuous one: It works from the former ACORN offices in Brooklyn, uses old ACORN office stationery, employs much of the old ACORN staff and, according to several sources, engages in some of the old organizationís controversial techniques to raise money, interest and awareness for the protests.
Sources said NYCC has hired about 100 former ACORN-affiliated staff members from other cities Ė paying some of them $100 a day - to attend and support Occupy Wall Street. Dozens of New York homeless people recruited from shelters are also being paid to support the protests, at the rate of $10 an hour, the sources said.
Seems to me that the next administration needs to go after ACORN under the RICO act.