ACORN encourages fraud in its petition drive practices and then pretends to be innocent:
[Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren] White said the woman told investigators she gathered signatures legitimately at first, then “saw somebody else being paid for signatures that were clearly forged.” [emphasis added]
Oh, I know what you’re thinking. ACORN did all that was expected of them:
ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, paid workers $1.25 to $1.50 for each valid signature. The group required workers to attend a 40-minute training session and sign agreements acknowledging they could face prosecution if they forged signatures.
Now where have I seen this before… think, think, think.
Corporate fraud is not a new phenomenon but comes along in cycles where “greed overrides fear” in sanctions for wrongdoing, said Senator Jon Corzine (D-New Jersey). In the 1990s, there was “too much emphasis systematically on financial values instead of moral values. That, unfortunately, spilled over into individual actions.”
Just take those last two sentences and replace “financial” with “organizational” and you have a clear picture of what is occuring at ACORN. I mean seriously, if a signature gather is able to determine that others are turning in fraudulent signatures, don’t you think the ACORN staff accepting them can tell?
Of course, no one at ACORN is taking responsibility