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Screenshot from the web video produced by amateur filmmaker James O’Keefe III and conservative activist Hannah Giles, right, playing the part of a prostitute seeking advice at ACORN's office in Baltimore. (Click image to watch the video on YouTube.)
Screenshot from the web video produced by amateur filmmaker James O’Keefe III and conservative activist Hannah Giles, right, playing the part of a prostitute seeking advice at ACORN's office in Baltimore. (Click image to watch the video on YouTube.)

It's hardly on the scale of Wall Street's bonus and bailout scandals — not in the same universe. But ACORN, the liberal community organizing group that works for the poor, has some pretty ugly egg on its face right now.
The Internet and Fox News are on fire with video of undercover conservative activists posing as pimp and prostitute seeking and getting tax advice — shady, outrageous advice — from ACORN staff.
An embezzlement scandal has tumbled out. Congress has cut off federal funding. Loud critics are saying they were right all along.
This hour, On Point: Not a pretty picture. ACORN in trouble.
You can join the conversation. Tell us what you think — here on this page, on Twitter, and on Facebook.Guests:

Joining us from Washington is Carol Leonnig, reporter for The Washington Post covering  the ACORN story. Her article on Sunday's front page was headlined "For ACORN, Video Is Only Latest Crisis."

From New York we're joined by John Fund, columnist for The Wall Street Journal and author of  the On the Trail blog. He's been writing critically about ACORN since 1999. His latest piece, "Acorn Who?," looks at President Obama's reaction to the latest scandal.

Also from Washington, we're joined by Brian Kettenring, spokesman for ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.

And from Rio de Janeiro, we're joined by Glenn Greenwald, columnist for Salon.com, where he's taken on the criticism of ACORN. He's author of “Great American Hypocrites: Toppling the Big Myths of Republican Politics."

This program aired on September 22, 2009.

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