ACORN, 2 former employees call Nevada voter registration case politically motivated

ACORN, former workers vow to fight Nevada charges

LAS VEGAS — Lawyers for political advocacy group ACORN and two former employees say they’ll fight charges in Nevada that they illegally paid canvassers to sign up new voters during the presidential campaign.

A judge took no pleas Wednesday during initial court appearances by attorneys for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now and former employees Christopher Edwards and Amy Busefink.

The judge postponed setting a trial.

Attorneys say ACORN, Edwards and Busefink intend to plead not guilty. They say the charges are without merit and are politically motivated.

Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto filed charges May 4. She says the group broke state law by requiring canvassers to meet registration quotas.

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