I could be wrong - but I thought I remembered reading somewhere that the ACA was nothing more than a puppymill registration organization. It is as much of a scam as the breeders that use it. It is meant to confuse customers into paying higher prices for lower quality animals. Again, I could be wrong, but I am pretty sure I am right.
Who is going to shut them down? They are immoral, and sleazy but most likely not doing anything that is truly illegal. BTW - Not that I disagree. I am just pretty sure these organizations are riding the edge of the law.