- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 24, 2009

Conservative commentator Glenn Beck said Thursday the ethics investigation into the community activist group ACORN will yield no meaningful findings unless it reaches into the top levels of the organization or the White House gets involved.

“I think this whole thing is bogus,” said Mr. Beck, a Fox News talk-show host.

ACORN on Wednesday named former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger, a Democrat, to lead an independent inquiry into the liberal group’s social-services program. The inquiry follows the recent release of videotapes showing undercover operatives posing as a prostitute and pimp seeking tax and housing advice at five ACORN offices.

“It’s a show,” Mr. Beck told The Washington Times’ “American’s Morning News” radio show. They moved too fast, too quietly. The president is not involved. Until you start going to the people at the top … the people connected to the White House, you cannot clean up this mess.”

Mr. Beck noted that ACORN’s advisory board includes Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, daughter of Robert F. Kennedy and former Maryland lieutenant governor; John Podesta, a Clinton administration chief of staff; and Henry G. Cisneros, a secretary of housing and urban development in the Clinton administration.

“How could you possibly clean up ACORN with these people on the board,” Mr. Beck said. “You have the worst of the worst sitting on this board making decisions.”

Mr. Obama’s election committee hired an ACORN affiliate to help with get-out-the-vote efforts in the 2008 campaign. The group also is being investigated for voter-registration fraud.

Reporter S.A. Miller contributed to this article.

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