The Senate voted to cut off funding to ACORN from the Department of Transportation and Department of Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill. The vote was 83-7.
Who were the seven senators who countenance human trafficking, sex slavery, prostitution, tax evasion and abetting illegal immigration:
Dick Durbin (D-IL)
Roland Burris (D-IL)
Robert Casey (D-PA)
Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
According to USASpending.gov, a federal government Web site for tracking government grants, ACORN Housing Corporation has received $1.6 million to provide housing services to low-income communities in this fiscal year, ending Sept. 30,
Neville Update: September 18, 2009 -- From the Wall St. Journal
House votes 345-75 to ban all federal funding for ACORN
Yesterday the House voted 345-75 to ban all federal funding for the scandal-plagued advocacy group Acorn. Coming on the heels of the Census Bureau's dissociation with Acorn last week and the Senate's Monday vote denying it housing funds, this is a welcome decision.
But the fact that there were 75 "no" votes is shocking, even for this Congress. All of the nays came from Democrats. Along with far-left backbenchers, they included Charles Rangel, Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, and Henry Waxman, who heads the Energy and Commerce Committee. Both are key leaders in the ObamaCare effort.
One of Acorn's leading Congressional enablers has been Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts. Last year Mr. Frank appeared in a promotional video for "Acorn's Grassroots Democracy Campaign," and this year he led the effort to repeal a year-old legal provision barring groups from receiving housing subsidies while under indictment for voter fraud. This he called "a violation of the basic principles of due process." Mr. Frank was absent yesterday when the House voted to defund Acorn, although he had been on the House floor for another vote just half an hour earlier.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development Grants has given $8.2 million to ACORN in the years between 2003 and 2006, as well as $1.6 million to ACORN affiliates.
And what does ACORN's chief agititator Bertha Lewis think of this? More of the tired, boring race card crap, victimology and excuses:
The relentless attacks on ACORN’s members, its staff and the policies and positions we promote are unprecedented. An international entertainment conglomerate, disguising itself as a “news” agency (Fox), has expended millions, if not tens of millions of dollars, in their attempt to destroy the largest community organization of Black, Latino, poor and working class people in the country. It is not coincidence that the most recent attacks have been launched just when health care reform is gaining traction. It is clear they’ve had these tapes for months.
We are their Willy Horton for 2009. We are the boogeyman for the right-wing and its echo chambers. If ACORN did not exist, the right-wing would have needed to create us in order to achieve their agenda, their missions, their ideal, retrograde America. This recent scam, which was attempted in San Diego, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia to name a few places, had failed for months before the results we’ve all recently seen. I am appalled and angry; I cannot and I will not defend the actions of the workers depicted in the video, who have since been terminated. But it is clear that the videos are doctored, edited, and in no way the result of the fabricated story being portrayed by conservative activist “filmmaker” O’Keefe and his partner in crime. And, in fact, a crime it was – our lawyers believe a felony – and we will be taking legal action against Fox and their co-conspirators.
Sorry your so "appalled and angry" Bertha...
US Census severs ties with ACORN
Just after the inauguration Obama attempted to hijack the 2010 census count by putting under the control of Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and ACORN
It is written in the Constitution that the Commerce Department shall have the sole authority to conduct a census every 10 years. The Obama administration's attempt to control the census meant the process would have become politicized because they could now goose (over-estimate) the numbers in favor of the uncounted poor and the illegal immigrants. This naked power grab meant favorable redistricting for the Democratic Party for years to come, possibly resulting in a permanent majority for the next 25 years.
After the first ACORN video broke the The US Census Bureau severed all ties with ACORN. The bureau said ACORN's conduct and sour public image threatened to taint the bureau's execution of the 2010 census.
In a letter to ACORN the Census Bureau informed ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) President Maude Hurd that the group's image has become too hot to handle.
The letter, from Census Director Robert Groves, told Hurd that ACORN's reputation, marred by allegations of voter fraud and malfeasance, threatened bureau's image and could discourage some from "participating in the census".
"To that end, and in keeping with the standards we shared with your organization and others who volunteered to partner with the Census Bureau to help promote the 2010 Census, we are today terminating our Partnership Agreement with ACORN." (Read full letter below)
California Rep. Darrell Issa, who's House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Committee recently released a report detailing ACORN corruption, praised the move:
"ACORN's partisan election efforts and its involvement in criminal conduct rightly disqualified it from working on the non-partisan mission of the Census to accurately and honestly count the U.S. population".
September 11, 2009
Ms. Maude Hurd
739 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
Dear Ms. Hurd:
The goal of the U.S. Census Bureau's partnership program is to combine the strengths of state, local, and tribal governments, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, schools, media, businesses and others to ensure an accurate 2010 Census. While not (sic) Census bureau employees, partners are advocates for census cooperation and participation. They serve a trusted voices within their communities and are critical to our strategy to count everyone once, only once, and in the right place.
The Census Bureau has established criteria for partnerships, which are listed on our Web site at www.census.gov, and reserves the right to decline partnership or to terminate an existing partnership agreement with any group that 1) may create a negative connotation for the Census Bureau; 2) could distract from the Census Bureau's mission; or, 3) may make people fearful of participating in the census.
To that end, and in keeping with the standards we shared with your organization and others who volunteered to partner with the Census Bureau to help promote the 2010 Census, we are today terminating our Partnership Agreement with ACORN.
Over the last several months, through ongoing communication with our regional offices, it is clear that ACORN's affiliation with the 2010 Census promotion has caused sufficient concern in the general public, has indeed become a distraction from our mission, and may even become a discouragement to public cooperation, negatively impacting 2010 Census efforts.
While not decisive factors in this decision, recent events concerning several local offices of ACORN have added to the worsening negative perceptions of ACORN and its affiliation with our partnership efforts.
We do not come to this decision lightly. It was our original assessment that your organization could be helpful in encouraging cooperation with the 2010 Census among individuals who are historically hard to count, including renters, low-income residents, the linguistically isolated, and others. As of today, we have close to 80,000 partnership agreements with national and local groups - many of whom are trusted voices and serve these same populations - and we will be relying upon those groups to continue our outreach in the communities you serve. The full participation of those populations remains of utmost importance to us.
Unfortunately, we no longer have confidence that our national partnership agreement is being effectively managed through your many local offices. For the reasons stated, we therefore have decided to terminate the partnership.
Robert M. Groves
Sorry Rahm and Barack...no fraudulant, liberal tilted census count for you this time around.
ACORN in violation of it's charter in Maryland
According to biggovernment.com ACORN, Inc.–the parent organization of all things ACORN–forfeited its corporate charter in Maryland in 2006. ACORN Housing forfeited its corporate charter in 2008. Any ACORN office in the state of Maryland is potentially operating illegally.
Meanwhile prosectors in Maryland have indicated what's really important to them. They want to go after O'Keefe and Giles for surreptitiously taping the ACORN losers. These are the same folks who went after Linda Tripp for recording her conversations with Monica Lewinsky.
It's comforting to know that the state of Maryland has its priorities straight.
On the Brooklyn tape ACORN "counselor" Volda Albert is heard saying "Don't say that you're a prostitute ...or whatever. You're self-employed doing freelancing."
Albert then advised the duo, filmmakers James O'Keefe, 25, and Hannah Giles, 20, who were posing as a pimp and a prosititute, to spread their earnings across multiple bank accounts and keep money in a tin buried in the yard.
"You can't say what you do for a living," counselor Milagros Rivera is heard saying. "Honesty is not going to get you the house."
The Brooklyn district attorney's office has launched a probe into ACORN's activities in Brooklyn.