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More trouble for ACORN

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Further reporting from the New York Times (link fixed) today about wrongdoing at ACORN, the community activist group with deep Little Rock ties.

In June, it was discovered that founder Wade Rathke had failed to disclose to the group's board that his brother, Dale, had embezzled $1 million from ACORN in 2000. He instead arranged for his family to repay the group and listed the stolen money in the books as a legitimate expenditure.

Now two members of ACORN's 51-person board are suing their own organization an attempt to obtain its financial documentation. The plaintiffs say that, contrary to a prior agreement, Wade Rathke continues to run ACORN. More startling, the suit claims that the theft may have been a million dollars more than previously reported.


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