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ACORN Inquiry Finds Nothing Illegal, Faults Bad Leadership

An internal investigation blames ACORN's management for not instituting reforms.

It probably will only fan the flames of right-wing hate talk, but an internal investigation of ACORN finds that the employees video-taped giving advice on hiding assets and lying on financial documents are not guilty of any criminal activity.

The 47-page document is the result of a two-month inquiry by former attorney general of Massachusetts Scott Harshbarger. It has been deemed a "complete roadmap for the future" by ACORN leadership.

The report concludes that the circumstances caught on video actually stem from another ACORN public relations nightmare. Wade Rathke, ACORN's co-founder and chief organizer, stepped down last year after being caught covering up for his brother, who had embezzled $948,607.50 from the organization and its affiliated charities over a period during 1999 and 2000.

Daniela Perdomo is a contributing writer & editor at AlterNet. You can follow her on Twitter @danielaperdomo.
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