Breaking: Senate votes to cut off federal funding for ACORN; Update: Child-Whoring Pimp Assistance 7 identified; Update: Brooklyn DA “taking a look”; Update: ACORN disappointed

posted at 6:03 pm on September 14, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE) introduced an amendment to the HUD and Transportation appropriation bill to strip ACORN of all federal funding.  A week ago, Johanns wouldn’t have gotten the amendment to the floor.  Today, however, after three straight days of BigGovernment.com’s video exposés of ACORN offices in Washington DC, New York City, and Baltimore offering assistance to pimping, tax evasion, and trafficking in underage Salvadorean girls, Johanns not only got his vote — but he got an impressive bipartisan showing.  The Senate passed the Johanns amendment 83-7.

At the beginning of the vote, it appeared that Democrats might resist.  Initially, a half-dozen Democrats cast votes in opposition to the amendment.  A few more cast votes against it as the rest of the Senate voted, but the tide appeared to shift.  More and more Democrats signed onto the amendment, and votes started changing.  One male voice could be heard in the chamber saying, “I want to change my vote!”  Among those who changed their votes: Tom Udall (D-NM), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), and Herb Kohl (D-WI).

I do not have the official roll call record of the vote yet, but three of the seven Democrats voting against the bill were Dick Durbin (D-IL), Roland Burris (D-IL), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT).  I’ll get the rest in a few minutes, but it’s worth repeating what Jim Geraghty said on the Twitter stream: “Who were the seven Child-Whoring Pimp Assistance Program defenders?”

The big question will be whether the House follows suit.  Nancy Pelosi may not be inclined to let an amendment come to the floor, but James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles may not be done yet, either.  A few more of these videos and even Pelosi will have little choice but to slam the door on ACORN. The big test will be whether the Johanns amendment survives a conference committee.  This isn’t over yet.

Update: Thanks to Sean Hackbarth, we have the list of seven nays on the amendment so that the Child-Whoring Pimp Assitance 7 can be publicly identified:

  • 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)

So can we assume that Illinois and Vermont are especially sympathetic to child-whoring pimp assistance?

Update (AP): Man, this house of cards is toppling fast:

Meanwhile, Jerry Schmetterer, director of public information for the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, told FOXNews.com that officials will be “taking a look” into Brooklyn’s ACORN office.

“We are going to be taking a look at the situation,” Schmetterer said Monday.

A spokesman for Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said ACORN’S tax status as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization should also be probed.

“We’ve already seen the Census Bureau severe its tie with ACORN,” the spokesman, Kurt Bardella, told FOXNews.com. “Certainly, as an organization being subsidized by taxpayer dollars, their relationship with other government entities should be called into question, and whether or not it’s appropriate for them to receive taxpayer dollars.”

Has The One opened his mouth yet to say anything about his pals being in such dire straits?

Update (Ed): The vote has been posted and can be found here.

Update (AP): So much heart-ache.

“We’re disappointed that the Senate took the rare and politically convenient step of supporting eliminating some federal funding for a single organization, one that has been the target of an historical political assault stemming variously from the Bush White House, Fox News, and other conservative quarters,” said Bertha Lewis, CEO of ACORN, in a statement after the Senate vote. “Fortunately, ACORN derives most of its income from its members and other supporters, so the decision will have little impact on overall operations. Tonight’s vote will burden the families who benefited from ACORN’s important work to improve housing conditions in the United States.”


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Video #4 coming today…San Bernadino, CA.

And there’s some GREAT stuff in this one.

Chris of Rights on September 15, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Glenn said this morning that there’s a murder confession in the next video.

Akzed on September 15, 2009 at 10:37 AM

POTUS: “This is not the Acorn that I knew.”

Navig8r on September 15, 2009 at 10:40 AM

Glenn said this morning that there’s a murder confession in the next video.

Akzed on September 15, 2009 at 10:37 AM

They killed liberty.

the_nile on September 15, 2009 at 10:41 AM

They killed liberty. the_nile on September 15, 2009 at 10:41 AM

Yeah but they wouldn’t confess to that… they couldn’t even grasp the concept.

Akzed on September 15, 2009 at 10:43 AM

MSM: Crickets chirping…

Navig8r on September 15, 2009 at 10:45 AM

“I have body in my trunk I need to get rid of. Can ya help a brother out?”

Akzed on September 15, 2009 at 10:54 AM

Glenn said this morning that there’s a murder confession in the next video.

Akzed on September 15, 2009 at 10:37 AM

A murder confession?!?!?!?

If this turns out to be true… Oh, $#!%!

newton on September 15, 2009 at 11:16 AM

Akzed on September 15, 2009 at 10:37 AM

newton on September 15, 2009 at 11:16 AM

Yeah she admitted to shooting her husband, said she laid the groundwork and that everybody in the community knew about it. She said he was abusive but that he was not being abusive when she shot him.

Joe Caps on September 15, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Glenn said this morning that there’s a murder confession in the next video.

Akzed on September 15, 2009 at 10:37 AM

Murder, Theft, Racketeering, Voter Fraud; all funded by the US Tax payer.

What a country.

Geochelone on September 15, 2009 at 11:19 AM

I just checked the comments on BigGovernment.com They have been listening to Glenn Beck this morning. They just said a certain U.S. Senator from CA might end up with egg on her face…

Stay tuned…

In the meantime, stock up on popcorn…

newton on September 15, 2009 at 11:26 AM

newton on September 15, 2009 at 11:26 AM

When’s it s’posed to drop??

mankai on September 15, 2009 at 11:31 AM

So where is the main stream media on this? This is driving me crazy. How about you? Tell us your thoughts at Freedom and Liberty.

KevinFnLshow on September 15, 2009 at 11:33 AM

When’s it s’posed to drop??

mankai on September 15, 2009 at 11:31 AM

4 pm

Beck played some of it on his radio show.

The part I caught was similar to the other videos, except the woman says that she works with senators all the time, drops boxers name, and then admits to murdering her husband (noting that it was NOT in self defense).

Joe Caps on September 15, 2009 at 11:36 AM

They just said a certain U.S. Senator from CA might end up with egg on her face…

Won’t be the first time.

mankai on September 15, 2009 at 11:37 AM

Joe Caps on September 15, 2009 at 11:36 AM

Sorry, she didn’t say “works with senators” i meant to say “works with lawmakers”

Joe Caps on September 15, 2009 at 11:37 AM

The part I caught was similar to the other videos, except the woman says that she works with senators all the time, drops boxers name, and then admits to murdering her husband (noting that it was NOT in self defense).

Joe Caps on September 15, 2009 at 11:36 AM

Sounds interesting… but how can you fit in that story, when there are so many more important things to report on?

From CBSNews.com’s front page:

*Iraqi Shoe-Thrower Freed, Claims Torture
* Police Appear Close in Yale Killer Arrest
* Swayze Praised by Celebs, Friends and Fans
* Senate Health Care Negotiators “Close”
* Student Fells Intruder with Samurai Sword
* Official: Kabul Embassy Hazing Covered Up
* H1N1 Spreads Long after Fever Stops
* EU Wants Afghan Election Fraud Probe
* Geithner on Lessons from Lehman
* Del Potro: U.S. Open Win “Perfect”
* How to Keep Prescription Costs Low

mankai on September 15, 2009 at 11:41 AM

4 pm

Joe Caps on September 15, 2009 at 11:36 AM

4pm? He usually comes on at 5 eastern.

davidk on September 15, 2009 at 11:41 AM

MSLSD is just too busy to notice such a small story:

*Autopsy results today in Yale killing
*Cops: Student uses sword to kill intruder
*Wilson faces rebuke Tuesday from House Dems
*West concedes VMA outburst was ‘rude’
*Internet ranters quick to rip Kanye West
*Curran: Brady’s back, but Patriots of old aren’t
*Scoop: Jon Gosselin’s ego takes Manhattan
*Nein! German city promotes porn on Web site
*For Dan Brown, fame is ‘a double-edged sword’
*Cops: Boy fakes kidnapping to hide bad grades
*Newsweek: Should illegal immigrants get insurance?

mankai on September 15, 2009 at 11:44 AM

4 pm

Beck played some of it on his radio show.

The part I caught was similar to the other videos, except the woman says that she works with senators all the time, drops boxers name, and then admits to murdering her husband (noting that it was NOT in self defense).

Joe Caps on September 15, 2009 at 11:36 AM

Hmmmmm. I like the sound of that.

NathanG on September 15, 2009 at 11:48 AM

4pm? He usually comes on at 5 eastern.

davidk on September 15, 2009 at 11:41 AM

I think biggovernment.com is putting the videos up at 4.

Yes, GB’s show comes on at 5pm, and he is devoting the whole hour to it.

Joe Caps on September 15, 2009 at 11:51 AM

4 p.m. Central – Glenn

BigGovernment.com may drop the vids before then.

In the meantime, stock up on popcorn and sodas. And maybe a few vomit bags…

newton on September 15, 2009 at 11:56 AM

I think biggovernment.com is putting the videos up at 4.

Yes, GB’s show comes on at 5pm, and he is devoting the whole hour to it.

Joe Caps on September 15, 2009 at 11:51 AM

Thank you. I hope biggovernment.com has a bigserver.

davidk on September 15, 2009 at 12:07 PM

House of cards Ed? I think it’s a house of nuts.

shooten on September 15, 2009 at 12:13 PM

Well, at least now we know what community organizers do.

Holy sheep dip.

bigjack on September 15, 2009 at 12:17 PM

Holy buckets batman–
I heard this lady on Becks pretty much confess to first degree murder of her husband. She even admitted to laying a foundation for second degree murder by way of domestic violence. Admitted that SHE SHOT HIM IN THE HEAD!

The is a great disturbance in the force

ted c on September 15, 2009 at 12:28 PM

Any bets on which network will be the first to ignore this?

ramrants on September 15, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Time ta polish dat sno scoop an get out da sno fence.

How it goin’ where you be at, eh?

;-)

Yoop on September 15, 2009 at 6:36 AM

T’ings goin’ pretty good here. Got two snow scoops m’self from guy in Ironwood. Neighbor Kevin borrowed one coupla years back… when I checked up on ‘im, he was usin’ it like a giant snow shovel! Hadta straighten him out ’bout slidin’ it, not liftin’ it. Kevin sez, “I thought it made the job a lot harder and I couldn’t see why you liked it so much!” Trolls! Ya gotta teach dem everyt’ing!

About Da Tech: never heard of Col Stipe; was there for Doc Berry though.

Catcha later, eh?

ya2daup on September 15, 2009 at 12:36 PM

BigGovernment.com is reporting that ACORN is operating illegally in Maryland.

uknowmorethanme on September 15, 2009 at 12:44 PM

BigGovernment.com is reporting that ACORN is operating illegally in Maryland.

Forgot the link

uknowmorethanme on September 15, 2009 at 12:45 PM

When will RICO charges be filed?

HAHAHAAHAHA!! Got you. NEVER!

jukin on September 15, 2009 at 12:48 PM

From Big Government, ACORN can’t operate in Maryland!

barnone on September 15, 2009 at 1:10 PM

Rush just gave you credit for this whole ACORN thing, Ed.

Ryan Gandy on September 15, 2009 at 1:13 PM

From Big Government, ACORN can’t operate in Maryland!

barnone on September 15, 2009 at 1:10 PM

Are you seriously suggesting that the Acorn-ocrats are breaking the Law?

Geochelone on September 15, 2009 at 1:14 PM

I hope that thing about Maryland is not the big big story because that is pretty lame.

petunia on September 15, 2009 at 1:23 PM

Tweet is overloaded!!!!! What is happening?

bloggless on September 15, 2009 at 1:26 PM

Bob Casey office is experiencing HIGH call volume!!
Keep it up
Here’s his DC number
(202) 224-6324.

right wing chicky on September 15, 2009 at 1:27 PM

Okay I scrolled up and read the murder thingy. Sorry Beck.

My question is this murder something that has already been adjudicated or could this women face charges. And what are the California rules for secret recordings by the media. I mean was the confession legally obtained.

If this is a true confession of a murder not adjudicated is confessing to a reporter a legal way to get evidence? Also, was this common knowledge among the politicians and co-workers at ACORN? Doesn’t that make them accomplices?

petunia on September 15, 2009 at 1:33 PM

Holy buckets batman–
I heard this lady on Becks pretty much confess to first degree murder of her husband. She even admitted to laying a foundation for second degree murder by way of domestic violence. Admitted that SHE SHOT HIM IN THE HEAD!

The is a great disturbance in the force

ted c on September 15, 2009 at 12:28 PM

I heard something about a killing too. Can’t find confirmation.

Jeff from WI on September 15, 2009 at 1:35 PM

What wrong with people living the hip-hop/rap dream? Sleep all day and pimp out whores and sell drugs all night. It’s the new American way and that’s what they’re teaching your kids in the public school system.

TrickyDick on September 15, 2009 at 1:35 PM

Any bets on which network will be the first to ignore this?

ramrants on September 15, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Charlie Gibson will say next week that he never heard anything about any of this.

UltimateBob on September 15, 2009 at 1:35 PM

ACORNocrat woman on the San Bernardino tape says that Heidi Fleiss was her hero. Typical Donk. No kidding.

Geochelone on September 15, 2009 at 1:38 PM

There BETTER be an announcement today that the U.S. Attorney General is calling for a Justice Dept. investigation of ACORN.

If he WON’T do it, it’s a cabinet post and Obama better remove him immediately and put in somebody to push this through, or OBAMA should be impeached for dereliction of duty.

Jeff from WI on September 15, 2009 at 1:40 PM

About Da Tech: never heard of Col Stipe; was there for Doc Berry though.

Catcha later, eh?

ya2daup on September 15, 2009 at 12:36 PM

Doc Berry… OW!!! Dat made my head hurt!

Yoop on September 15, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Glenn said this morning that there’s a murder confession in the next video.

Akzed on September 15, 2009 at 10:37 AM

A murder confession?!?!?!?

If this turns out to be true… Oh, $#!%!

newton on September 15, 2009 at 11:16 AM

THat greasy ACORN spokesman is already on TV calling the murder a very late term legal abortion by a wife on her husband.

Jeff from WI on September 15, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Charlie Gibson will say next week that he never heard anything about any of this.

UltimateBob on September 15, 2009 at 1:35 PM

Charlie Gibson is a moron that was hired because of his non-threatening looks that old ladies prefer. He only reads what they put in front of him, just like the other network morons like Couric, etc.

Jeff from WI on September 15, 2009 at 1:46 PM

We’re disappointed that the Senate took the rare and politically convenient step of supporting eliminating some federal funding for a single organization, one that has been the target of an historical political assault stemming variously from the Bush White House, Fox News, and other conservative quarters,” said Bertha Lewis, CEO of ACORN, in a statement after the Senate vote.

They could have saved time by just saying it was Bush’s fault.

Vashta.Nerada on September 15, 2009 at 1:57 PM

jeff; i heard it on the 1000-1100ESt hour of becks show and beginning of the 1100-1200est hour.

It’ll be on at five. on beck’s fox show.

ted c on September 15, 2009 at 1:58 PM

Tonight’s vote will burden the families who benefited from ACORN’s important work to improve housing conditions in the United States.”

Where will those poor immigrant El Salvador prostitutes stay?They are doing the work Americans won’t do.

conservativegrandma on September 15, 2009 at 2:02 PM

jeff; i heard it on the 1000-1100ESt hour of becks show and beginning of the 1100-1200est hour.

It’ll be on at five. on beck’s fox show.

ted c on September 15, 2009 at 1:58 PM

excellent

Jeff from WI on September 15, 2009 at 2:10 PM

Bob Casey office is experiencing HIGH call volume!!
Keep it up
Here’s his DC number
(202) 224-6324.

right wing chicky on September 15, 2009 at 1:27 PM

Excellent! I just sent him a blistering email. Which I’m sure he’ll immediately personally read and be moved to make a public renunciation of ACORN.

Rosmerta on September 15, 2009 at 2:48 PM

The new tape is out.

Vashta.Nerada on September 15, 2009 at 4:54 PM

That greasy ACORN spokesman is already on TV calling the murder a very late term legal abortion by a wife on her husband.

Jeff from WI on September 15, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Convert into trimesters, please…

ya2daup on September 15, 2009 at 5:16 PM

I just checked the comments on BigGovernment.com They have been listening to Glenn Beck this morning. They just said a certain U.S. Senator from CA might end up with egg on her face…

Stay tuned…

In the meantime, stock up on popcorn…

newton on September 15, 2009 at 11:26 AM

..to quote one of the guys on the old “Laugh-In” show, “Oh, my chiffon pinafore is all moist!”

VoyskaPVO on September 15, 2009 at 5:42 PM

Hey Now!

HawaiiLwyr on September 15, 2009 at 1:45 AM

Not ALL lawyers. :-)

csdeven on September 15, 2009 at 7:06 PM

I wonder if Katie Couric has read anything about it.

Star20 on September 15, 2009 at 7:26 PM

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