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Lawmakers call for investigation into ACORN

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WASHINGTON. - Several Washington lawmakers are calling for a federal investigation into ACORN, the Association of Community Organization for Reform Now.

The group is suffering from bad publicity after a duo of conservative activists posing as a prostitute and her pimp released hidden-camera videos in which ACORN employees in Baltimore gave advice on house-buying and how to account on tax forms for the woman's income.

Two other videos, aired frequently on media outlets such as the Fox News Channel, depict similar situations in ACORN offices in Brooklyn and Washington, D.C.

The call for the investigation comes after the release of the undercover videos. ACORN officials say the tapes were doctored.

During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, FBI Director Robert Mueller was asked if his agency is investigating the organization.

"I think the first time I heard of this incident to which you refer was last evening and beyond that, I do not know where we are," said Mueller. "Clearly given what you have said is something in consultation with the Department of Justice that we'll look at it."

On Tuesday, Texas Congressman Lamar Smith called on the FBI and the Department of Justice to investigate ACORN.

Also Tuesday, the Senate voted to block the Housing and Urban Development Department from giving grants to ACORN.

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