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ACORN Underage Prosties & Pimps Scandal Extends to San Diego, San Bernardino

from – Undercover videos shot at four ACORN offices, including one in San Bernardino, show ACORN employees apparently offering advice on how finance a political campaign with brothel earnings.

The four videos posted on have been lumped together to cast a pall over ACORN, a liberal-leaning community organizing group, that ran afoul of election monitors last year.

The published footage shows bloggers Hannah Giles and James O’Keef, posing as a prostitute and her boyfriend, respectively, visiting ACORN offices in San Bernardino, Brooklyn, Baltimore and Washington D.C.

A fifth video, recorded in San Diego, was reported on Fox News Wednesday evening, but the footage was not available at press time.

The first four videos show varying reactions from ACORN employees. Some staffers appeared ready to abet criminal activity. Others offered advice, but did not formally offer to aid to illegal activity.

The San Bernardino video, posted Tuesday, appears to include the only footage in which an ACORN staffer says the group cannot help to a prostitution scheme, but none of the videos published thus far show ACORN representatives explicitly say that child prostitution is immoral or threaten to call law enforcement.

California ACORN director Amy Schur said the published videos don’t show encounters in other cities where ACORN asked the bloggers to leave.

O’Keefe and Giles have not responded to requests for comment.

Claims made in edited video: That ACORN employees encouraged bloggers to “bury sex money obtained through prostitution of young girls in `tin’ under the back yard.”

What’s in the transcript: Giles does not tell ACORN employees she was planning to bring underage prostitutes into the country.

O’Keefe, posing as a banker, and Giles, posing as a prostitute, went to ACORN’s Brooklyn office to ask if the agency can help them secure a home loan.

The ACORN employees tell Giles she would need records of her income to secure a loan.

ACORN employees tell Giles she should buy a house then hide her money by burying it in a tin in the back yard. They gave her that advice after Giles told them a former pimp was out to get her and her money.

Unlike in other videos the pair has produced, Giles and O’Keefe did not tell ACORN employees they planned to use underage and undocumented Salvadoran teenagers as prostitutes. Rather, Giles said she needed to protect the girls.

ACORN employees’ comments about burying money in the yard came before Giles brought up the Salvadoran teens.

Location: Baltimore, Maryland

Claims made in edited video: ACORN workers advised the undercover pair to cheat the government by claiming underage prostitutes as dependents on income tax returns and gave tips on how to deal with a dangerous pimp.

What’s in the video and transcript: In perhaps the most damning footage posted on, this video shows an ACORN worker introduced to the undercover bloggers as a tax expert actually provide advice on how to disguise prostitution income as money earned through a “performing arts” business.

ACORN’s tax expert counsels O’Keefe and Giles that 16-year-old Salvadoran girls at the purported brothel would not have to file taxes because they would not be legal residents with Social Security Numbers.

ACORN’s tax consultant continues to provide advice after O’Keefe, in pimp mode, tells he plans to profit from underage girls turning tricks.

“If they’re making money and they’re underage, you should not let anybody know anyway,” said the tax consultant, who is identified in a transcript as Tonja.

In the second Baltimore clip, another ACORN worker tells the undercover pair not to talk about criminal business in front of other people and that ACORN can’t help out if the cops investigate.

Location: Washington, D.C.

Claims made in edited video: Told that O’Keefe and Giles wanted to profit from underage Salvadoran prostitutes, ACORN employees did nothing to discourage the plan and proceeded to offer advice on how to run the business.

What’s in the transcript: Giles and O’Keefe mention Salvadoran girls, but never say they are underage. ACORN employees appear to offer advice on how to keep O’Keefe, posing as a student, from being tied to Giles’ prostitution ring.

Asked if they can help Giles and O’Keefe secure a home loan, ACORN employees told Giles she would need to keep records of her income, open a bank account and file tax documents for two years.

When Giles and O’Keefe balked at that suggestion, the ACORN employees suggested O’Keefe purchase the house and charge Giles rent.

They also cautioned that O’Keefe, who said he planned to run for office, should stay away from the house and distance himself from Giles.

“I would not be hanging around that house for anybody to put the dots together,” said an ACORN employee, called Acorn 4 in the transcript.

Location: San Bernardino

Claims made in edited video: ACORN employee Tresa Kaelke said it would be acceptable to charge customers more for being violent toward the underage Salvadoran prostitutes Giles said she planned to bring to her operation.

Giles and O’Keefe asked Kaelke, if ACORN could help them secure a home loan so they could buy a house and start a brothel, but Kaelke said ACORN could not help.

Giles and O’Keefe, along with another man identified only as Jeff, spoke at length with Kaelke about running a brothel or prostitution ring.

Kaelke, who told the bloggers she used to work for a high-end escort service, did discuss brothel operations, but kept her comments mostly to ideas that the bloggers brought up first – such as calling the brothel a spa or massage parlor.

Asked about violence against prostitutes, Kaelke said the escort service she worked for was “pretty up and up” and the none of “her girls” were abused, but she told Giles, “It’s how you want it to be run. You can mold this into anything you want.”

Compared to the ACORN employees taped in Washington and Baltimore, Kaelke offered little in the way of advice for hiding a brothel financially. She did recommend, however, that O’Keefe purchase a house, rent it to Giles, and call it a group home.
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