Md. ACORN chapter disbands in video scandal’s wake

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BALTIMORE — A former leader of Maryland’s ACORN chapter says the group shaken by a video scandal will no longer operate in the state.

The videos showed ACORN workers, including workers in Baltimore, giving tax tips to conservative activists posing as a pimp and prostitute. Former Maryland chapter co-chairwoman Sonja Merchant-Jones says the group was torn apart by infighting after that.

Several affiliates of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now around the country are rebranding under a different name. But Merchant-Jones, says there are no such plans in Maryland.

Merchant-Jones says Maryland ACORN ceased operations late last year and all the offices in the state have closed.