ACORN announced on Wednesday that it was suspending operations
until an internal investigation could be completed. This means the community activist organization will immediately cease accepting new clients.
"As a result of the indefensible action of a handful of our employees, I am, in consultation with ACORN's Executive Committee, immediately ordering a halt to any new intakes into ACORN's service programs until completion of an independent review," ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis said in a statement released Wednesday.
"I have also communicated with ACORN's independent Advisory Council, and they will assist ACORN in naming an independent auditor and investigator to conduct a thorough review of all of the organizations relevant systems and processes."
Meanwhile, the White House formally responded for the first time to the ACORN scandal and the videos made by O'Keefe and his partner, Hannah Giles, at Wednesday's White House briefing.
"Obviously the conduct you see on those tapes is completely unacceptable," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said at the briefing, "The administration takes accountability extremely seriously."
In reference to the U.S. Census bureau cutting ties with ACORN Gibbs said, ""We constantly evaluate to ensure that any grantee is living up to what has to happen in order to fulfill that grant application."