ACORN leaders are playing defense against a barrage of criticism that’s flowed their way in recent weeks, after a series of shocking videos surfaced -- including several where ACORN employees offer advice to purported pimps and prostitutes on how to avoid tax laws.
Today, ACORN officials named former Massachusetts attorney general Scott Harshbarger to lead an “independent inquiry” into ACORN’s practices.
On ABCNews.com’s “Top Line” today, ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis told us that she plans to make that report public. She also said she’d be willing to appear at congressional hearings if -- as some Republicans have been insisting -- they are convened.
“There’s no reason to do this [inquiry] if, one, it’s not going to restore confidence in our membership, our board, the people that we organize around this country,” Lewis told us. “I think everybody will see the report, and they’ll know what we did and what we have been doing, because I don’t think people really -- that has gotten out, how much work we’ve .. (continues here at ABC)
Lewis said she couldn’t guarantee that more videos won’t emerge showing employees engaged in unacceptable practices, but vowed to fire them just as she has those already shown in the YouTube sensations.