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WASHINGTON — Trying to quell a building conservative firestorm, the House and Senate made clear in separate and lopsided votes Thursday that the beleaguered community-based, nonprofit advocacy organization ACORN is a pariah on Capitol Hill
House Republicans took over a debate about a sweeping student loan bill to propose a measure that would bar the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now from receiving any federal funds. It passed 345-75, with 172 Democrats joining all of the Republicans in the chamber in support.
In the Senate, an amendment connected to an Interior Department spending bill that would prohibit ACORN from receiving any money from that bill passed by an 85-11 vote. It was the second such vote directed at ACORN in the Senate this week.
The Democrats can't even defend Acorn anymore.
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Two of the individuals on ACORN’s eight-member advisory board include John Podesta (the chairman of President Obama’s transition team after the election) and Andrew Stern, the president of SEIU who is intimately involved with the White House on numerous issues, including the health care plan. Some Democratic elected and appointed officials also have close ties with ACORN
Wonder when the Liar In Chief will throw them under the bus.
Willing to bet that ACORN will flourish despite all the rhetoric, and the law of unintended consequences will prevail, as it usually does.. it will reemerge as a stronger advocate for the poor..
ACORN relies on quite a bit of private funding, and suspect those who donate will donate more.. also suspect that by stopping public funding, some of the restrictions on ACORN will allow them more freedom on how they operate..
According to a Congressional report, the group has received $53 million in federal funds since 1994. But the nonpartisan Politifact.com reported in May that most of that money went to the ACORN Housing Corporation, one of the group's many affiliates.
The moves by the House and Senate would have minimal impact financially on the group, says ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis.
Of course the right will grandstand this issue, take Bobby Jindal.. he boa(Please be quiet - edited)lly told the state of La. to cease all state funding to ACORN.. the problem is that La. does not fund any ACORN activities... a very bold, decisive move..
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal issued an executive order to keep any state money from going to the controversy-wracked Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, which has its national headquarters in New Orleans.
According to the state's Division of Administration, no state agencies have existing contracts with ACORN.
“We like to say that dependability is more important than ability,” Bill Belichickism....
The ACORN nuts have become such an embarrassment to the OBAMANISTAS they have no choice but to throw them under the bus. But watch carefully: they will re-group and come up with some other tax-payer funded scam organization to use as their own private vote-getting machine. Chicago-land style.
"All that is required for evil to triumph is for good to do nothing."