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Sep 16, 2009 5:04 PM by Associated Press

ACORN plans internal investigation

An advocacy group says it is ordering an independent investigation after two employees were caught on camera appearing to advise a couple posing as a prostitute and pimp to lie about the woman's profession.

ACORN chief executive Bertha Lewis said Wednesday that the group will work with its advisory council to name an independent auditor and investigator to examine all the systems and processes called into question by the video.

Lewis says ACORN, which stands for Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, will refuse new admissions into its service programs, effective immediately.

ACORN's steps come as Republicans urge the Justice Department to investigate the group, which in addition to the hidden-camera video is under scrutiny for several voter-registration fraud cases.

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