This video features a film producer and a young woman posing as a law student and his prostitute girlfriend, who went to an ACORN office in Baltimore to secure a housing loan for a brothel. They also want to know how to limit her federal income tax and how they can get away with importing underage Central American girls to use as prostitutes. ACORN staff members flatly tell them to lie on tax forms.
After the introductory niceties, the video continues with an amusing discussion of how to list occupation on tax forms. Amusingly, the ACORN tax specialist suggests calling her a "performance artist."
"It's not dancing, trust me," the law student admits.
"But dancing is considered an art," the ACORN staff member assures him. The ACORN staff member agrees when he says that "Sex is kind of like dancing, right." Strippers, the official says, "Usually go under performing arts, which will be what you are — a performing artist."
The ACORN official tells her needn't claim all of her $8,000 a month in income because she can claim tax write offs for clothing and grooming aids. After that, the law student divulges his plan to import and prostitute 13 underage girls from El Salvador. Yes, the ACORN official says, that would trespass the law, but the IRS would consider them dependents with the right paperwork.
"What if they are going to be making money because they are performing tricks too?" the inquisitive beau asks.
The ACORN tax specialist explains that they aren't legal anyway and that "They don't even exist." Another staff member tells them to claim the girls are "Exchange Students," and then assures the pair, "Don't worry. You're fine." She also warns the two to "Make sure they go to school."
"But they can still work?" the law student asks.
"They can still work, but they need to go to school."
The first ACORN tax specialist then explains how the pair can use child tax credits for some of the young prostitutes, but not to claim all of them. "I wouldn't put no more than three," she advises.
At one point, the tax specialist tells her to stop calling herself a prostitute. Unsurprisingly, a national ACORN spokesman went nuts over the video. "The portrayal is false and defamatory and an attempt at gotcha journalism. ACORN wants to see the full video before commenting further."
Clearly, the film crew was successful in Baltimore, but in any event this type of blatant disregard for the law is typical of ACORN. Its shenangians during the presidential 2008 election were widely reported, and this week ACORN officials turned in 11 of their own workers for falsifying voter registrations in Florida.
40,000 fake voter resgistrations from the '08 election
There were 26 charges of compensation for registration of voters and 13 charges of being a “principal” in the incident in Nevada. In Nevada, it is unlawful for a person to provide compensation for registering voters. Larry Lomax, the registrar of voters in Las Vegas, says he believes 48% of Acorn's forms "are clearly fraudulent."
Federal and state authorities in Miami are still searching for five of the 11 people suspected of falsifying information on hundreds of voter registration cards -- including registering the name of the late actor Paul Newman. Arrest warrants have been issued in Miami for 11 people suspected of falsifying information on hundreds of voter registration cards last year. The case involved nearly 900 fraudulent voter cards in the Homestead area.
Acorn, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, signed up in February with the bureau to be a "2010 Census Partner," which includes, among other things, identifying job candidates, encouraging its members to participate in the count and distributing literature explaining the importance of the census.