Senate Votes to Cut Off ACORN FundingSeptember 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 BigGovernment.com 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.
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]