As Glenn Beck and others (including yours truly) predicted, ACORN is moving ahead full speed with its make-believe dissolution and rebranding.
Nathan Henderson-James, ACORN’s online director, explained ACORN’s latest con in an email. In the Feb. 22 email Henderson-James wrote that ACORN was in its death throes and that a dozen ACORN state chapters reincorporated to seem like new, independent organizations would soon spring up to carry on ACORN’s business.
“The truth is that it is hard for us to forsee [sic] any scenario where ACORN continues beyond the end of 2010 and some of us think it might not last that long,” Nathan Henderson wrote. “Last one to leave turn out the lights and wipe the server.”
The email was leaked by sources from Townhouse, an invitation-only listserv run by Matt Stoller, senior policy adviser to the severely undermedicated Florida Democrat Rep. Alan Grayson.
Meanwhile, an inside ACORN source confirmed this to me yesterday: the Texas chapter of ACORN has pretended to break off from the national group and has incorporated itself under the name Texas Organizing Project.
The other five ACORN chapters that have dumped the ACORN brand so far are Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), Missourians Organizing for Reform Empowerment (MORE), New York Communities for Change, New England United for Justice (Massachusetts) and Arkansas Community Organizations.
Project Vote, ACORN’s vote fraud affiliate, hasn’t changed its name. It may not feel it needs to do so because it doesn’t have the word ACORN in its name.
ACORN Housing, which operates nationwide, changed its legal name to Affordable Housing Centers of America.
There is no word yet if ACORN Housing will continue to offer a drop-in legal clinic for pimps and prostitutes.
Multiple sources confirm ACORN plans to maintain a low-profile for a year or two and then reemerge under a new name.
(I created a handy chart you can use for reference. It tracks ACORN’s rebranding process.)