WASHINGTON — An internal watchdog at the Justice Department said Monday he was reviewing the agency's involvement with the activist group ACORN.
ACORN has come under fire for a hidden camera sting involving a couple posing as a prostitute and her pimp in several cities, including San Bernardino and San Diego. On the video, ACORN workers apparently advise the couple to lie about her profession and launder her earnings so that they can get federal housing aid.
Congress voted last week to cut off federal funding, and House Republicans are looking into the group's financial activities.
Inspector General Glenn A. Fine wrote Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) that his office would examine whether ACORN sought or received any Justice Department grant money or conducted any reviews of ACORN's use of such money.
More than a dozen state and local authorities are also scrutinizing ACORN.
Meanwhile, in National City, Calif., police said an ACORN worker who was filmed giving advice about human smuggling to the couple in the video had reported the incident to authorities.