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ACORN staff dumped thousands of sensitive documents outside a California office just days after the state launched an investigation of the community organizing group, a private investigator says.
Derrick Roach, a licensed investigator based in San Diego, told Fox News that he watched from his car as a man tossed bags of files into a trash bin outside the local branch of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now on Oct. 9. Roach said he searched the bin and found more than 20,000 documents, many containing confidential information that could put people at risk for identity theft. We're talking people's driver's license numbers, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, tax returns, credit reports," he said.
When reached for comment, Amy Schur of ACORN’s state office, explained why the paperwork was in the trash. “In early October, when our San Diego staff were doing an office clean-up in preparation for a major 10-station phone bank program being set up in our offices, it appears that included in the piles of garbage being thrown out may have been some documents containing private information,” Schur wrote in an e-mail to NBCSanDiego. “To the individuals whose paperwork was pulled out of the dumpster by this guy Derrick Roach – unsuccessful Republican candidate for State Rep in San Diego – we truly apologize. We will seek return of this information so that we may give proper notice of the compromising of the information as required by law.”
Those internal documents include a sheet titled “Canvass recruitment rap,” a “script,” directed towards ACORN activists in Houston which says: “Hi, my name is ____. We are hiring Outreach Workers to remind people to get out and vote for Barack Obama in the upcoming election. One of our team members spoke to you today and you signed up for our intake tomorrow. You are interested in working with us on this important election, correct?” It continues: “We’re hiring for people to go door to door talking to registered voters in Houston to get out the vote for Barack.”