Just days after officially closing their doors in the face of stern criticism and overwhelming financial concerns, officials with Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN) plan to release a letter this week stating that the controversial anti-poverty group is alive and well.
"You will continue to hear from ACORN—in the mail, on the web and in the media," says the letter, which was provided to The New York Times. "And we need your continued support to counter the vicious antifamily, anti-minority, anti-immigrant attacks of the Republican right."
The message, which will be emailed out to more than 120,000 members of the organization, states that 16 new allied organizations have already been formed around the country and employees of the now defunct nonprofit group will continue to fight for healthcare reform, affordable housing and immigration reform.
The news of ACORN’s resurgence comes to no surprise to Republicans, who have insisted over the last few weeks that the decision to shut down operations was a scheme to evade its deteriorating reputation and receive taxpayer money, Fox News reports.
Representative Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) concluded that "ACORN is attempting to rebrand itself without instituting real reforms or removing senior leadership figures that need to be held accountable for wrongdoing."