“Honesty is not going to get you the house,” a loan counselor at the offices told two activists posing as a mortgage-seeking pimp and prostitute.
“You can’t say what you do for a living.”
ACORN workers in two other cities, Baltimore and Washington, DC, had already fallen hooker, line and sinker for the hidden-camera sting operation by two conservative activists. Four ACORN employees have been fired as a result of the earlier videos, and last Friday the Census Bureau severed its ties with the group, whose members had been hired to do canvassing during the 2010 census.
Mayor Bloomberg spoke out on the controversy today.
“Prostitution is illegal in this state and I don’t know why they would — why an organization like ACORN, who’s trying to encourage voter turnout and voter registration, why they’re getting involved in any of that stuff,” Bloomberg said. “But clearly it’s not appropriate and they shouldn’t have been doing it. Whether they broke a law or not I don’t know. You’ll have to talk to the legal (authorities).”