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TOPIC: ACORN scaling back or shutting down in many cities (LA Times 9/19/09)

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ACORN scaling back or shutting down in many cities (LA Times 9/19/09)

Stung by the recession and a string of scandals, the ACORN community activist organization has been shutting down in many of the communities it once worked to empower.

No new clients are being signed up, said national spokesman Brian Kettenring, while the group conducts an internal investigation into how its business is conducted.

The Assn. of Community Organizations for Reform Now had already shuttered 40% of its centers -- in cities including Chicago, Salt Lake City, Atlanta and Omaha -- since its high of 105 offices two years ago, he said. The branches helped low- and middle-income clients with housing, jobs and navigating government aid programs.


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They had to close down because the Conservatives and PUMA shut them down or at least got the ball rolling.



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