Tuesday, October 13, 2009

ACORN's Louisiana Director Is Fired

Did you feel the bump of the bus when it went over something? It was just Beth Butler, director of ACORN for the state of Louisiana. She was fired by Bertha Lewis, ACORN's CEO.

"I took over as ACORN's CEO last summer, and I vowed accountability at every level of the organization," Lewis said in her statement. "The work of ACORN members everywhere -- especially in Louisiana where the members have fought heroically to bring the city back post-Katrina -- is too important to not have full accountability."

Butler said she was fired because she refused to fire members of a land trust board whom national ACORN leaders wanted ousted. She said ACORN national is "going out of business" and wanted the board gone to seize control of its funds and assets. She called the ordeal "all completely inappropriate and unethical."

I wonder if this could have anything to do with Louisiana's investigation into ACORN. ACORN says only $1 million was embezzled by Dale Rathke (brother of Butler's boyfriend) but the state's attorney general says it was closer to $5 million.

You can find the original article here.

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