ACORN 8 whistleblowers push for transparency in government
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Within conservative circles, the name ACORN remains synonymous with voter fraud and the misallocation of public funds for partisan political activities. But former insiders who played a critical role in exposing the organization’s many financial transgressions have worked under the name to champion the cause of whistleblowing. ACORN 8, which is named for the eight board members and whistleblowers who were blocked from investigating a multi-million dollar embezzlement scheme, has grown to include dozens of members across 15 states.
“Who can oppose the original mission of ACORN, which was to help communities to stand up and to represent the interests of low and middle income people?” asks Marcel Reid, one of the former board members. “One way to do this is to call for openness and transparency from our government officials. This is something that benefits everyone.”
To this end, ACORN 8 has organized annual Whistleblower Summits on Capitol Hill, which have recognized elected officials in both parties for exposing government practices that were at odds with the public interest. The third Whistleblower Summit for Civil and Human Rights, held in July, honored Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Sen. Ronald Wyden (D-Ore.)