Leave it to ACORN to prune its own accounting. While the community organizers have admitted to the embezzlement of just under $1 million by then-president Wade Rathke, documents acquired under subpoena by Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell peg the take up to $5 million. Rathke and an anonymous donor repaid the $1 million, but the whereabouts of any additional money not previously accounted for is unknown.
Caldwell’s investigation, which centers on alleged violations of state employee tax law and obstruction of justice, comes at a time when ACORN is already under fire for advising two undercover investigative reporters on how to skirt tax law and bring illegal aliens into the country as child prostitutes. The fallout from that scandal has led to renewed efforts (still pending in Congress) to de-fund ACORN of the millions of federal dollars they receive and ACORN’s removal from “assisting” in next year’s census.