Every ACORN office has an adviser on underage prostitution.
The two independent filmmakers who posed as a pimp and a prostitute and received advice from ACORN employees in five cities on how to skirt tax and immigration laws claim the community organizer group lied when it said the pair were shown the door without receiving assistance from staffers in its Philadelphia office.
James O’Keefe, 25, and Hannah Giles, 20, played a heavily-edited video on Wednesday depicting their visit to ACORN’s Philadelphia office on July 24. Giles, clad in a fur coat and leather skirt, posed as a prostitute, while O’Keefe played the role of her pimp. The pair claim they were not “kicked out” of the office without assistance from ACORN employee Katherine Conway-Russell, as has been reported.
“At no point were we kicked out and at no point were we asked to leave,” O’Keefe told reporters at the National Press Club in Washington. “Why did the Philadelphia press report were we kicked out?
The new eight-minute video depicts O’Keefe and Giles entering ACORN’s Philadelphia office and meeting with Conway-Russell. O’Keefe and Giles are seen speaking with Conway-Russell, but audio portions of the video are missing or edited in some portions. O’Keefe is heard mentioning he doesn’t “want to get in trouble with authorities,” and he mentions individuals will be frequently coming in and out of the building they hoped to secure, an apparent reference to the purported prostitution business to operate there. Clips of news reports featuring Conway-Russell and ACORN’s chief executive, Bertha Lewis, claiming the pair were kicked out of the office were then shown.
O’Keefe and Giles video:
……The first five videos — made public on BigGovernment.com — depicted ACORN employees in Washington, Brooklyn, N.Y., Baltimore, San Diego and San Bernardino, Calif., offering advice to O’Keefe and Giles on how to skirt tax laws and avoid detection by authorities while operating a brothel. The footage led to the firing of four employees and the suspension of two others.
The undercover operation prompted the IRS and the Census Bureau to sever all ties to the organization, which bills itself as the nation’s largest grassroots organization of low- and moderate-income families. A criminal probe was launched by the Kings County District Attorney’s Office to investigate activities at ACORN’s Brooklyn office, and the Treasury Department’s inspector general agreed on Sept. 24 to conduct a review of ACORN, and IRS oversight of nonprofit organizations as a whole. Other probes into the group include investigations by the attorneys general of California and New York.
Conway-Russell even handed them a business card.