Scandal-Plagued ACORN Threatens Lawsuit

This is a rush transcript from "Glenn Beck," September 14, 2009. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GLENN BECK, HOST: There's another terror raid. You know, I ask that we keep our police officers and our fire and our military in your prayers every day. These guys are on the frontlines and they're dealing with some really bad people right now. And you don't even have to go to terror organizations.

We've got another scandal on ACORN. They seem to have an unusually high number of employees willing to help prostitutes evade taxes and commit a slew of crimes. And tomorrow, there is yet another tape out. And quite honestly, if this tape - I mean, if this tape doesn't set America on fire and say, "Oh, my gosh, where is Congress?" I don't know what will.

We have an exclusive tomorrow on the radio program and then back here at 5:00. I have cleared the decks of everything else on the TV show for tomorrow. You're not going to believe the next tape from ACORN.

You know, I'm pretty sure if my company had anybody doing this kind of stuff, I'd be toast, but we shall see. ACORN has some friends in high places, shall we say.


PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Before I even get inaugurated, during the transition, we're going to be calling all of you in to help us shape the agenda. We're going to be having meetings all across the country with community organizations so that you have input into the agenda for the next presidency of the United States of America.


BECK: Gosh, remember that map I showed you with the disease spreading all across the country? Do you remember the first tape we showed you last week? It was from Maryland - actually, yes, it was. It was from Baltimore, Maryland.

I mean, I'm having a hard time keeping track of all of them. The Office of the State Attorney for Baltimore City was outraged by the tape, so incensed that they issued these harsh words of alleged ACORN incident that, quoting, "Upon review by this office, the video appears to be incomplete."

Incomplete, but of course they were disturbed by the video, and noticed some illegality taking place, right? "In addition, the audio portion could possibly have been obtained in violation of Maryland law, which would require two-party consent. The penalty for the unlawful interception disclosure is a felony punishable by up to five years."

Really? This is what they got out of the video, that it was perhaps shot illegally? That part? Not that the employees of ACORN, you know, are cool with helping traffic 14-year-old El Salvadorian girls into America to illegally work in the sex trade there in Baltimore.

Damn that illegally obtained recording! Baltimore, you're set. Maybe the State Attorney's Office was persuaded by ACORN's moving explanation of the video:

"It is clear that the videos doctored, edited and in no way the result of the fabricated story being portrayed by the conservative activist filmmaker O'Keefe and his partner in crime. And in fact, a crime it was — our lawyers believe a felony. And we will be taking legal action against FOX and their co-conspirators."


That's an interesting explanation there. Glad to hear that you're taking such a strong stand on those doctored tapes. But you know, I was thinking about this last night. I mean, if they were doctored — I mean, what you say, they were obviously doctored, and if you were so obviously maligned and smeared, why did you fire those poor employees?

It seems to me, if I were an attorney, I'd call those guys because I'd have quite a lawsuit if all of this, indeed, was manufactured and doctored, as you suggest.

You fired them, because you know the tapes aren't doctored. But firing those two dirt-bags doesn't even come close to solving the problem.

These corrupt community organizations doing such nice work as helping future underage prostitution rings are not — you know, are not just funding themselves. They're being funded by you, the taxpayer. But they're also now being funded by teachers' unions who gave ACORN a cool $1.2 million — the teachers' unions did.

They're also in bed with other powerful unions — what a surprise — like the SEIU. And worst of all, the president is a community-organizer-in-chief, in bed with all of these corrupt organizations.


OBAMA: Your agenda has been my agenda in the United States Senate. Before debating health care, I talked to Andy Stern and SEIU members before immigration debates took place in Washington. I have talked with Eliseo Medina and SEIU members. Before the EFCA, I talked to SEIU. So we've worked together over these last few years and I'm proud of what we have done. I'm just not satisfied.


BECK: You might not want to say that one when we're talking the ACORN scandal. You know what I'm saying?

We can't pass another bill, anything, until the cards are face up on the table and we find out exactly who is around the president and who is controlling what in Washington.

Kevin Mooney, reporting from The Washington Examiner — you have been following this, Kevin, for a while. ACORN — I mean, just last week, applied for another grant, did they not?

KEVIN MOONEY, REPORTER, THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER: They've applied for $6 million in additional money through the Commerce Department. This is for a digital project to bridge the Internet gap for low-income people.

So they're still applying for funding even while these scandals are still breaking.

BECK: OK. Any doubt in your mind that they're just going to throw these people — you know, I was thinking about — you and I were talking before I went on the show. And I asked somebody to go get a chess set, and a very nice one at this. Can we get a shot at this chess set?

This is like ACORN. I keep thinking of these people, because I play chess — poorly, but I play chess. And the pawns don't matter. They just don't matter to me. When you're playing chess, it doesn't matter. You can take all the pawns. Who cares? It doesn't matter.

The only thing that really matters is the king, and in this case — in ACORN — the king is a white guy, sitting there. I mean, it doesn't matter if everybody else is mowed down as long as he gets his cash.

MOONEY: They will throw anybody under the bus. Glenn, the idea that these tapes were doctored or edited doesn't even pass the lab test. At one point, one of the workers even turns to the filmmaker and says, "You know what? You talk too much." If you're looking to manipulate the tax code or getting an illegal loan, well, you have come to the right place. We'll show you how to do it.

So ACORN just went out and hung themselves in these tapes. Obviously, the problem really is from on high from the national leadership. That's not what is being exposed yet.

Fortunately, there is that group of whistleblowers, the ACORN 8.

BECK: But how is it — but nobody's listening — we're listening to the ACORN 8. Nobody else is.

How is it that all this money can be at stake? How is it that these people — they're doing — you know what? They harassed H & R Block. Do you know the H&R Block story?

MOONEY: Sure. Yes.

BECK: Tell the H&R Block story real quick.

MOONEY: Well, this is part of the Muscle for Money campaign. This is where ACORN sends activism. It is funded by the SEIU union, by the way, all across the country to shake down corporations, to give them these different loans and tax specialists. H&R Block was the most successful campaign. H&R Block actually settled for a large amount.

BECK: Right. So now, they're — now, ACORN is giving tax advice and we have seen the fruits of that labor. I mean, it's —

MOONEY: And they have financial experts standing behind them, too. I think the teachers' unions, especially, really need to take a hard look at their support for ACORN because the teachers' unions do everything for the children. And they're subsidizing what turns out as very dangerous behavior on the part of ACORN. They have become a receptacle potentially for human trafficking.

BECK: OK. Back in just a second.


BECK: These are indeed, unreasonable times, America. And I can't imagine — I mean, I just would have never guessed the time where, you know, people would be hammered as hard as they are just for asking things like, "That doesn't make any sense. Why are you doing that?"

That's why we started the watchdog program on this program. We asked people — look, they're overwhelming the system. And so, I can't watch everything. You can't watch everything. Just whatever it is that you are passionate about, when you see something that — a story that you're like, "Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute. Look at this, it's not right," or this is connected to this, you just alert us.

You can find out all the information at "," become part of the Watchdog Project. You'll see the little icon of the watchdog there.

Now, the address they just put up on the screen — that's This one is for people — I'm looking for 56 people — 56 — that's what it took to found this country. Fifty-six people in Washington or in some of these organizations that are afraid to come forward, but they're more afraid to stay silent.

You know, the founders of this country pledged to each other their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. It is time to do that again.

We've got to stop arguing. It works to everyone's advantage in Washington if we just keep yelling at Republican and Democrat, "you want to starve people. Oh, you're this," whatever.

If you're in the system and you can tip us off to a big story or you can come out and say, "I want a safe zone here. I want to get out." Please, America will stand by you if you're part of the solution, not the problem — both parties. — that's a secure e-mail box and please use it.

Kevin Mooney is here. He is a reporter from The Washington Examiner.

OK. Kevin, we're talking about ACORN, and — I mean, I just can't believe when I look at what the Baltimore state attorney said, that they are looking into the — they are looking into the technicality of — well, you can't record somebody without them knowing about it.

They're going to investigate that. They're not going to investigate ACORN. That tells me we've got a corrupt system now into the State Attorney General's Office or the State Attorney's Office.

Yes or no?

MOONEY: Yes. It was a very bizarre release to make no mention of felonies that are being captured on tape and to focus more in the methodology of how the crime exposed as opposed to the crime itself is a little strange.

I mean, if they wanted to look at both and say, "Yes, we're going to take seriously the fact that these felonies are on tape and these young people being put in jeopardy. But we're also going to look at some technical issues" that would have been one thing.

It was a very unbalanced press release.

BECK: Has anybody seen — have you seen any movement or any talk of movement in Washington, D.C., among Democrats? Are any Democrats brave enough to be spooked by this stuff and say, "Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. This is out of control"?

MOONEY: I think the Democrats in Washington D.C. should look at the Democrats in the state level. In Nevada, for example, where they're pursuing the voter registration, they're Democratic officials.

BECK: Right. Yes.

MOONEY: And they're doing it very hard and in a very laudable way. So they ought to follow the lead of their own Democratic officials on the state level.

BECK: Right. But that wasn't answering the question — have you seen any movement?

MOONEY: No, no.

BECK: What is it going to take?

MOONEY: Well, they're very insulated, unfortunately. We mentioned the Muscle for Money program, Liberty Tax in Virginia Beach with eternal credit, actually fought ACORN but they acknowledged, hey, they've got the president of the United States staying behind them.

BECK: OK. I'll tell you what. Tomorrow, maybe this will be what it takes. Don't miss tomorrow's program, yet another tape, an exclusive here, 5:00. See you then.

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