ACORN has filed suit against filmmakers James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles as well as Breitbart.com. In addition to ACORN, employees Tonja Thompson and Shera Williams are listed as plaintiffs.
Bertha Lewis, head of ACORN, speaking to Chris Wallace of Fox this weekend:
We've made sure since I've become the CEO that affiliates have firewalls
between them. I know that back last year we were outraged that the board didn't
know about the previous chief organizer's activities.
I've completely overhauled all of our finances, all of our controls.
And he was fired immediately, just as in this instance with these tapes we
terminated folks immediately.
... and making sure that our corporate structure is aboveboard,
it is open. The "R" in ACORN stands for reform. And not only do we think we want
to reform public policy, but internally let's have some reform...
If Lewis is honestly intent on ensuring that ACORN is "aboveboard", why are they suing the filmmakers and Breitbart rather than thanking them for bringing the corrupt employees to the organization's attention? Further, if the employees were not acting on behalf of ACORN and within understood parameters, why have they been allowed (invited?) to join ACORN in its lawsuit?
I am not sure that a lawsuit is necessarily a bad thing. It is my understanding that the suit opens ACORN to the discovery process. That could make things very interesting.