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Senate Votes to Cut Off ACORN Funding

September 15, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Last night, the Senate voted overwhelmingly to block federal HUD funding for ACORN. If the House follows suit, the vote could spell the end to ACORN’s work in counseling to help low-income people get home mortgages, enforcing local affordable housing laws, and advocating on behalf of homeowners facing foreclosure. Read more about ACORN’s housing and foreclosure work here.

ACORN had come under fire during the 2008 presidential elections, when it was discovered that some of their employees were filing fake voter registration cards in order to make themselves extra commissions. Negative press of the organization has picked up again in the past week with a series of undercover reports by that show some ACORN workers advising pimps and prostitutes, including an incident in which an ACORN worker advised a pimp on how to evade taxes on the trafficking of underage old El Salvadorian prostitutes.

The vote to block funding for ACORN came on a Sen. Mike Johanns [R, NE] amendment to H.R.3288, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.

Here are the 7 Senators who voted to continue HUD funding for ACORN:

Sen. Roland Burris [D, IL]
Sen. Robert Casey [D, PA]
Sen. Richard Durbin [D, IL]
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D, NY]
Sen. Patrick Leahy [D, VT]
Sen. Bernard Sanders [I, VT]
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse [D, RI]

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  • RetiredPublicSafetydotCom 09/15/2009 10:56am

    Thank you! It’s about time someone in D.C. started saying “no” to spending.

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    angietwo 09/15/2009 5:20pm

    I think there are seven “nuts” that are backing “acorns!”

  • jw8577 09/15/2009 11:04am

    Is it any surprize that the two Senators from Illinois voted to continue funding? As a resident of that state I am ashamed!

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  • baparks31 09/15/2009 11:34am

    It’s about time someone stepped up and yanked the funding of ACORN!!

  • Anonymous 09/15/2009 1:33pm

    I am happy that ACORN has been exposed. But why was it necessary for 2 private citizens to do this work? We have offer 500 people in Washington we call our representatives to do it for us. Guess they are asleep at the wheel. Do we really want them handling health care? Do we really need them to promote Cap & Trade which will destroy our country? They should all be ashamed of themselves.

  • irf01 09/15/2009 3:51pm

    VOTE THEM OUT IN 2010 VOTE THEM OUT IN 2010 it is time that We The People clean house these guys must go! If they wanted the job they would do the job!


  • Anonymous 09/15/2009 6:19pm

    Now they need to call on Justice to conduct a full investigation and the IRS needs to do a full audit of the national and state books. We need to know what they have been doing with our billions of dollars other than setting up cat houses and committing voter fraud.

  • Anonymous 09/15/2009 7:55pm

    These “Dirty 7” will truly be remembered in 2010…!!!


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  • AngelA002 09/17/2009 4:37pm

    The ACORN Senate vote is being watched closely, as devotees of the social reform group are particularly worried about what this is going to mean. Well, the ACORN Senate vote did not go in their favor. The federal subsidy to ACORN Housing was summarily canceled. Why did this happen? Well, the recent ACORN Videos were tax advisors in one of ACORN offices advise a young couple, posing as a pimp and prostitute how to commit tax fraud, and import underage teen girls into the U.S. to work as prostitutes, and how to keep the authorities off their backs, get tax breaks off it, and even how to get a bank loan to do it. Well, the ACORN Senate vote means they don’t get a cash advance from the taxpayers ever again.

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