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Hidden-camera activists have praise for ACORN's L.A. office [Updated]

November 16, 2009 |  5:37 pm

Conservative activist James O'Keefe has caused quite a stir with hidden-camera videos in which he and a female colleague go into ACORN offices for advice on how to get funding for prostitution.

Last month, talk-radio stations and websites were abuzz for weeks over the hidden-camera videotapes, purportedly shot at ACORN offices in Washington, D.C., San Diego and San Bernardino advising the couple how to set up prostitution businesses.

ACORN, which stands for Assn. of Community Organization for Reform Now, launched investigations after the incidents, as did California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown.

But tonight, biggovernment.com offered praise for a worker at an ACORN facility in Los Angeles, saying he refused to bite when they came to the Wilshire Boulevard office with their faux business. And, yes, they have it all on tape.

Said O'Keefe: "Although he did not kick us out, he was the only employee in our nationwide ACORN child prostitution investigation who would not assist us."

[Updated at 10 p.m.: In an email, ACORN disputed O'Keefe's claim, saying that the filmmaker earlier had gone to an ACORN office on South Grand Avenue in L.A. with the scenario and was turned away.]

-- Shelby Grad