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Senate Votes to Deny Funds to ACORN

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    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate voted Monday to block the Housing and Urban Development Department from giving grants to ACORN, a community organization under fire in several voter-registration fraud cases.

    The 83-7 vote would deny housing and community grant funding to ACORN, which stands for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.

    The action came as the group is suffering from bad publicity after a duo of conservative activists posing as a prostitute and her pimp released hidden-camera videos in which ACORN employees in Baltimore gave advice on house-buying and how to account on tax forms for the woman's income. Two other videos, aired frequently on media outlets such as the Fox News Channel, depict similar situations in ACORN offices in Brooklyn and Washington, D.C.

    The Senate's move would mean that ACORN would not be able to win HUD grants for programs such as counseling low-income people on how to get mortgages and for fair housing education and outreach.

    Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., said that ACORN has received $53 million in taxpayer funds since 1994 and that the group was eligible for a wider set of funding in the pending legislation, which funds housing and transportation programs.

    Just last week, the Census Bureau severed its ties with ACORN, saying it does not want the group's help in outreach efforts on the decennial count.

    In recent months, Republicans have become increasingly critical of the census' ties with ACORN. The group, which advocates for poor people, conducted a massive voter registration effort last year and became a target of conservatives when some employees were accused of submitting false registration forms with names such as "Mickey Mouse."

    Just last week, prosecutors in Miami-Dade County, Fla., arrested 11 people for falsifying hundreds of voter applications during a registration drive last year. ACORN tipped the authorities off to the problem.

    On the hidden camera controversy, ACORN says it has fired the employees involved but has lashed out at Fox for pumping up the scandal. In a statement, Bertha Lewis, ACORN's chief organizer, said the tapes had been doctored and violated Maryland's wiretapping laws. She promised to sue Fox.

    All we have to do now is figure out where they squish out - with a new name like Community Organizers International.

    The porkulus bill gave them $40 on every house in the country that closes and cost more than $100K.

    We also need to point out, every time this is mentioned by anyone around us, that BO was trained and worked for ACORN prior to running for the Senate in Illinois. Link him to them every chance you get!
    "If Howdy Doody runs against him, I'm voting for the puppet." - SkyOwl's Wife, 2012

  • #2
    SWWEEEETT!!!!! It is about time!


    • #3
      Maybe all is not lost... I sense a turning of the tide.


      • #4
        I just wish the lamesteam media would report on Obama's associations with this group. Of course it isn't going to happen which is sad. They would have hopped all over this if it was a Republican president in office, no doubt about it. I don't know if my frustration grows more over the 'lack' of reporting about the negs of Obama or just the general direction this country is taking. Probably both. There are just way too many people out there that don't have one little clue. It's sad and frustrating.


        • #5
          I read somewhere last night that there are THREE more videos about ACORN yet to be released.

          As if importing illegal 13-15 YO girls to be sex slaves wasn't enough!
          "If Howdy Doody runs against him, I'm voting for the puppet." - SkyOwl's Wife, 2012