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A defense fund is being launched for Hannah Giles, the 20-year-old student who with filmmaker James O’Keefe ran an undercover sting on the ACORN organization for which President Obama worked, revealing a multitude of recommendations from employees of the community organizers on how to facilitate underage prostitution and avoid taxes.
The announcement comes from Doug Giles, Hannah’s father, who said while the $2 million damage claim from ACORN is putting the undercover operators “through the media meat grinder,” ultimately it will be the best interests of the country.
At American Thinker, writer Clarice Feldman had this observation of the community organizing company’s case:
“Discovery should be interesting.”
She also described the lawsuit filed by the Baltimore office of ACORN as “a really dumb move.”
“Interestingly, the two employees who say their firing caused them emotional distress didn’t sue ACORN which fired them, and both were filmed in an open area accessible to the public and worked for an organization which lacked a valid Baltimore business license,” Feldman observed.
WND has reported on the sting operations by Hannah Giles and O’Keefe, which resulted in a number of ACORN operators being fired. The stings also resulted in both houses of Congress voting to stop funding ACORN and both the U.S. Census Bureau and the IRS cutting off their partnerships with the group.
A federal probe also is expected.
One of the more recent videos, which have been posted at the BigGovernment.com website, revealed an ACORN worker’s apparent willingness to help smuggle underage girls into the U.S. for prostitution.
The worker asks the associate, posing as a prostitute, “How much you charge?”
“For her services?” the filmmaker responds.
“Well for the entire weekend,” his assistant starts.
“Are you gonna work for me,” asks the ACORN employee.
“Are you a potential client?” the filmmaker asks.
“No, no, no. I want to know what is it,” the ACORN employee says.
The worker earlier told the pair he was a lawyer, went to school in Mexico and suggested Tijuana as a shipping point for the dozen underage Salvadoran girls they explained they expected to be brought to the U.S. for prostitution.
Hannah Giles was scheduled to be on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program tonight to discuss the fundraising effort.
Officials with the organization also confirmed to WND they were involved in the defense against the ACORN claim. Doug Giles also confirmed that a similar effort was being developed for O’Keefe.
“Let’s see,” Doug Giles wrote. “ACORN is on tape counseling tax evasion, money laundering, tax fraud and how to set up a whorehouse for 12–15-year-old El Salvadoran sex slaves in five different locales with our tax dollars, and Hannah and James are the bad guys. Unbelievable.”
In a column linked on his ClashRadio.com website, Doug Giles sets the record straight on a few of the issues surrounding the undercover operations.
He said his daughter came up with the idea, floated it to O’Keefe, and they worked on it for several weeks in July and August. The two spent their own money on the project – a matter of hundreds of dollars.
“The truth of the matter happens to be that Hannah and James visited just a few locations – I won’t say how many – and struck gold, or sewage, everywhere they went,” he continued.
He also said he didn’t put his daughter up to the project.
“As much as me no likey the nefarious underpinnings and corrupt acts of ACORN, having my kid dress like a hooker and infiltrate such a place is not in my repertoire. That was Hannah’s baby from start to finish. I simply told her to be careful because we all know how dangerous sweet community organizers can be. Oh, FYI … if confessing I’m a sinner, believing orthodox Christian doctrine, saluting our flag and that for which it stands, loving the Constitution, hating terrorists, being fond of guns, hunting, country and rock music while adoring freedom makes me a crazy ultra-conservative Christian lunatic then I guess I am one of those.”
Doug Giles is the creator and host of ClashRadio.com, a winner of seven Silver Microphone Awards and two Communicator Awards, and also is a minister, artist, lecturer and columnist for TownHall.com. As an author, his latest book is “If You’re Going Through Hell, Keep Going.”
In another video, ACORN chief Bertha Lewis took exception to the portrayal of her organization. She said the two were “thrown out from dozens of our offices.”
She said the comments by the various employees, which have included an apparently unfounded boast that one worker shot and killed an ex-husband, were “inexcusable.”
But she said “99 percent” of the group’s employees “did the right thing.”
She also described the organization as “black and brown.”
Obama meeting with ACORN leaders as an Illinois Senate candidate
The filmmaker and his associate posed as a pimp and a prostitute, seeking advice from several ACORN offices on how to obtain federal help to get a home in which to operate their business, as well as advice on taxes and other issues.
Giles, a 20-year-old college student and political activist, originally came up with the idea for the undercover project at the beginning of a summer internship she was doing in Washington, D.C.
While jogging through part of D.C. she saw an ACORN facility, which piqued her already existing interest in undercover investigative reporting. She contacted O’Keefe, who was part of a series of undercover Planned Parenthood reports, and pitched the idea to him.
The two funded their project completely, and traveled from Maryland, to Washington, D.C., to New York to Southern California to expose ACORN.
“They (ACORN) need to be defunded. Any organization that can so much as entertain the idea of smuggling in underage girls to be used as prostitutes to fund a political campaign is obviously corrupt,” Giles told WorldNetDaily.
The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now describes itself as a team of families “working together for social justice and stronger communities,” had been accused multiple times of voter fraud.