ACORN, short for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, began in Little Rock, Ak., in 1970 as the Arkansas Community Organizations for Reform Now.
Founded by community organizer Wade Rathke, ACORN’s goal was to merge the interests of the economically disenfranchised, from those on welfare to the common working man, regardless of race. The association quickly went national with a mission so potent and focused that a number of schools are branded with its name, two radio stations are affiliated with the organization and it even has close personal ties with the president of the United States. . . .