Oh, ACORN, quit your crying. I'm sure your organization does much good, and for that you should be lauded. But here's the thing. When you accept money from taxpayers, you can call it government funds, I prefer to think of it as THE PEOPLE'S money, you subject yourself to a higher standard. A greater level of scrutiny. A magnifying glass that makes all your actions (and especially the poor choices) bigger and bolder and more haul-on-the-carpet-able. Your employees answer to the organization, and the organization answers to us.
When the Blackwater abuses hit the news several years ago, oh how the left screamed. Now the "other guys" are bellowing over ACORN. And they should. Katrina contractors, $1000 toilet seats, bridges no one crosses, airports no one flies out of, million dollar museums no one visits, Iran Contra, politicians for hire ... the scandals surrounding squandered, misused, and plain missing taxpayer money aren't new.
Here's an idea. If you accept our money, you accept our rules. You agree to follow not just the spirit of the law, but the letter of the law. Violate those standards, and you lose your money. Allegations put a kink in the hose, proven or confessed guilt shuts off the spigott. The end. If you don't like it, get your money somewhere else.