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Mystery graffiti artist takes on ACORN controversy

September 21, 2009 | 12:20 pm

Acorn

A Los Angeles graffiti artist has been leaving a series of stamp marks on buildings and structures in Echo Park and other areas, accusing the community organizing group known as ACORN of funding prostitution activities.

As first noticed by the blogs Curbed LA and The Eastsider LA, the graffiti began appearing last week in a number of neighborhoods around downtown including Echo Park and Silver Lake. The graffiti bears the ACORN logo and the words "Funded Prostitution Zone."

Last week, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN)  found itself in the middle of a media storm after a series of videotapes surfaced showing members of the group answering questions from conservative activists posing as a prostitute and a pimp.

In some of the videos, members of ACORN appear to be giving advice on how to set up a prostitution business, according to reports. It is not clear in what manner the videotapes were edited.

The Senate recently voted to block the Housing and Urban Development department from giving grants to ACORN in response to the recent scandal. Some of the videos have aired on Fox News and other cable stations.

Last week, The Times' editorial board questioned the hidden-camera tactics used by the conservative activists but also emphasized that ACORN "needs to clean house."

The graffiti art work has appeared on a number of L.A. buildings, including the offices of artist Shepard Fairey. There is no word yet on who is behind the ACORN-related graffiti art.

-- David Ng

Photo credit: Curbed LA

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