As part of a settlement agreement resulting from a lawsuit filed by Maurice Thompson of the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law, ACORN has agreed to permanently give up its business license and curtail many of its political activities in the state of Ohio.
The agreement does not prohibit some of their other activities, but it does amount to an admission that their voter registration efforts produced a demonstrable pattern of fraudulent regstrations. Under the settlement ACORN is supposed to end its operations in Ohio by June 1st. They have also agreed not to return to the state to carry out those operations under a different name as they did when prohibited from registering voters in New York and California.
ACORN representatives seem to be in denial about the nature of the settlement, claiming they had already left Ohio voluntarily for other reasons, and that their “opponents are lying in an effort to keep down the black vote and prevent organizing in low income areas.”
The community organizing group has been accused of voter registration fraud, vote buying and other crimes in more than two-dozen states, but has historically shifted blame to employees, many of whom have been indicted and convicted. At least 14 states currently have active investigations pending against ACORN.