Members of a community organisation closely linked to US president Barack Obama have been secretly filmed advising a fake pimp and his prostitute on how to evade authorities.
The video is seen as a serious setback for Obama, who has previously worked for Acorn, America's largest community organisation representing minorities and the poor.
Acorn was also a major supporter of Obama's campaign to become president, even though it is a non-profit non-partisan government organisation that receives over $70 million in taxpayer money.
It should be noted that the US media is mininizing the connection between Obama and ACORN.
From the UK Times: Candid Camera pranks smoke out US liberals
But O’Keefe’s greatest triumph came last week after he teamed up with Hannah Giles, 20, a fellow-conservative, and they posed as a pimp and a prostitute seeking help from Acorn, a community activist group that is loathed by Republicans because it registered millions of poor voters for last year’s presidential election.
A succession of well-meaning Acorn workers were filmed advising the pair on how to smuggle South American girls into the country, how to apply for a loan to buy a house that could be used as a brothel and how to claim that underage prostitutes were their dependants for tax purposes.
O’Keefe told officials at Acorn’s Baltimore office he would employ 13-year-old girls as prostitutes “and they didn’t care at all”, he said. “No one was holding this organisation accountable,” he explained last week. “No one in the media is putting pressure on them. We wanted to do a stunt and see what we could find.”