White House says ACORN must be held accountable

Thu Sep 17, 2009 12:02pm EDT

Politico

Politico

POLITICO (Washington) - Days after the Census Bureau announced it would cut ties with the organizing group ACORN, and barely 24 hours after the Senate voted to withdraw funding from the lightning-rod activist group, the White House expressed support for measures to hold the group accountable for "unacceptable" behavior.

Referring to video taken by the conservative site Big Government that showed ACORN employees giving advice to individuals posing as sex traffickers, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said, "Obviously, the conduct that you see on those tapes is completely unacceptable. I think everyone would agree to that."

"The administration takes accountability extremely seriously," he added.

Characterizing the Census Bureau's decision as a move based on a lack of confidence in ACORN's ability to perform its expected duties, Gibbs said he was not sure whether the president would ask Democrats to pull back from any campaign-year collaboration with the group. "I don't know that I've had any discussion with him about that," Gibbs said.

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