ACORN was embroiled in scandal last year when it was revealed that Dale Rathke, brother of ACORN founder Wade Rathke, had embezzled nearly $1 million from an ACORN affiliate years earlier. According to news reports, a handful of ACORN officials covered up the embezzlement, keeping the information even from some of the group's directors, in order to prevent an episode embarrassing to the group's left-wing mission.
But Louisiana's Attorney General is now alleging a theft of ACORN funds five times as great. A new subpoena, granted on Friday by Louisiana's 19th Judicial District, asserts that ACORN insiders have known for nearly a year that $5 million was embezzled, based on their own internal investigation.
Steve Beatty of the Pelican Institute in New Orleans provides the documentation once again. In seeking the subpoena, Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell made this assertion:
The subpoena seeks a large number of tax documents form ACORN, mostly related to the alleged misuse of money that the group should have paid in payroll taxes.
Lewis, ACORN's chief organizer, is speaking this morning at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.