The former head of the now-defunct activist group ACORN lashed out at
Republicans, Democrats, the Obama White House and progressives who
failed to support them after a federal report cleared
them of all charges of misusing funds - too late to salvage the group's
work. Bertha Lewis said the findings proved right-wing criticisms were
simply an orchestrated attack on efforts to empower and register
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"This was a McCarthy-era style war
against the poor and minorities, nothing more," she said. "This proves
the right will resort to
anything to maintain power to continue the war on poor black and brown