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March 1, 2010; New York Times | The damage has been done, but at least two ACORN employees didn’t break any laws by advising undercover conservative activists how to fib on an application in order to get a bank loan. The New York Times reports that Brooklyn, N.Y. District Attorney Charles J. Hynes announced on Monday that no “criminality” was found in his investigation of three Brooklyn field office employees, who were seen on a hidden camera telling a scantily dressed woman, who called herself an “outcall” specialist, to keep information from prospective lenders that her income came from prostitution. While neither ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), a national group that advocates for voter activism on moderate-income housing, nor its employees are in legal hot water, public opinion, fueled by conservative anger over these and similar videos, seen on YouTube and other outlets, has threatened the organization’s survival. Some state affiliates, including in New York have already severed their ties to the national organization and are now operating as independent charities under new names, even as their missions are the same.—Bruce Trachtenberg