Two young, enterprising undercover investigative journalists posed as a pimp and a prostitute and sought the help of ACORN’s Baltimore office to set up a brothel.
They told ACORN employees that 13 underage girls from El Salvador were waiting offshore and ACORN was only too happy to help them figure out how to launder money, commit tax fraud, and commit who knows how many other crimes.
Officials with the controversial community organizing group ACORN were secretly videotaped offering to assist two individuals posing as a pimp and a prostitute, encouraging them to lie to the Internal Revenue Service and providing guidance on how to claim underage girls from South America as dependents.
The videotape was made public Thursday on BigGovernment.com, a political blog launched by Andrew Breitbart as a companion site to his BigHollywood.breitbart.com blog.
In the videotape, made on July 24, James O’Keefe, a 25-year-old independent filmmaker, posed as a pimp with a 20-year-old woman named “Kenya” who posed as a prostitute while visiting ACORN’s office in Baltimore. The couple told ACORN staffers they wanted to secure housing where the woman could continue to maintain a prostitution business.
On the videotape, “Kenya” can be seen telling an ACORN staffer that she earns roughly $8,000 a month. The ACORN employee then suggests to “Kenya” that ACORN could submit a tax return for 2008 showing that she made $9,600 for the entire year — instead of $96,000 — and that ACORN would charge “Kenya” $50 instead of the usual $150 fee for preparing her taxes.
ACORN offers tax preparation and benefits application services free of charge during tax season; it charges nominal fees during non-tax season.
The ACORN staffer can also be seen suggesting that the prostitute list her occupation as a freelance “performing artist.”
“It’s not dancing, trust me,” the “pimp” says.
“But dancing is considered an art,” the ACORN staffer replies. “[Exotic dancers] usually go under performing artists, or yeah, they usually go under performing arts, which will be what you are — a performing artist.”
The “pimp” later says that he and “Kenya” plan to bring up to 13 “very young” girls from El Salvador to work as prostitutes. Although an ACORN staffer points out their plans are illegal, she also suggests that the girls can be claimed as dependents.
“What if they are going to be making money because they are performing tricks too?” the pimp says.
“If they making money and they are underage, then you shouldn’t be letting anybody know anyway,” the ACORN staffer says, and laughs. “It’s illegal. So I am not hearing this, I am not hearing this. You talk too much. Don’t give up no information you’re not asked.”
The “pimp” then asks ACORN staffers to “promise” not to discriminate against his sex worker because of “who she is and what she does,” according to the audiotape.
“If we don’t have the information, then how are we going to discriminate?” the ACORN staffer replies. “You see what I am saying?”
If the girls are under age 16, the ACORN staffer says on the tape, then they are not legally allowed to work in the state, regardless of what they do.
“So it’s like they don’t even exist?” “Kenya” asks.
“Exactly,” the ACORN staffer replies. “It’s like they don’t even exist.”
The staffer goes on to suggest that as many as three of the underage girls can be listed as dependents at the home, but a “flag” will be raised if as many as 13 are listed.
“You are gonna use three of them,” the staffer says. “They are gonna be under 16, so you is eligible to get child tax credit and additional child tax credit.”
A second ACORN employee can be heard on the audiotape suggesting that the couple join the organization for an annual cost of $120 prior to attending one of its first-time homebuyer seminars, which are underwritten with taxpayer funds.
Later, when the “pimp” asks what would happen if the organization is somehow connected to the scheme, the ACORN staffer replies, “First of all, it’s not gonna damage us because we not gonna know. And with your girls, you tell them, ‘Be careful.’ Train them to keep their mouth shut.”
“These girls are like 14, how can we trust them?” the pimp asks.
“Just be very, very careful,” the ACORN staffer says. “Whatever you do, always keep your eyes in the back of your head.”
If the country has ever produced a government sanctioned ongoing criminal enterprise it is ACORN.
So what happens when a prostitute and a pimp walk into the ACORN office at 16 W. 25th Street in Baltimore and ask for help in renting a brothel for a dozen or so underage El Salvadoran prostitutes and how to evade legal scrutiny?
In these episodes, filmed by Andrew Breitbart’s biggovernment.com you find out that prostitution is “performing arts” under the tax code, that you can claim child tax credit for the underage prostitutes, and the perfect place to launder illegal income is by donating to political candidates along with a lot of other sure fire tax tips your accountant wouldn’t let you in on.
The videos are long but have to be seen to be believed.