House Votes to End ACORN Funding

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The House voted Thursday to stop all federal funding for the community organizing group ACORN.
The group has has been rocked recently by scandal and some say it's a story establishment Washington and the mainstream media didn't want to touch, until it got too big to ignore.

Undercover videos in several cities show a young couple posing as a pimp and prostitute getting advice from ACORN on how to hide a prostitution ring.

"Find another name for and don't say that you are prostituting," worker told them.

In the past 15 years, ACORN has received $53 million in federal money, but this week the Senate voted to stop new funding from the housing and transportation departments after the tapes drew buzz in Washington.

These are not isolated incidents," said GOP Sen. Richard Shelby.  "ACORN has been charged with voter fraud."

This lead House minority leader John Boehner to call for a complete cutoff of federal funds.

ACORN has longstanding ties with President Obama and helped register voters on his behalf last year.

"The conduct you see on those tapes is completely unacceptable," said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

Some ACORN leaders admit the conduct is indefensible, but they suggest racism is behind all of the scrutiny.

"I think they're basically saying, 'these people shouldn't be trusted.  How could they be trusted... they're all poor, black and brown people,'" said ACORN chief organizer Bertha Lewis.

ACORN is under a national spotlight now, and some of those who have had a closeup look at the group say there are reasons Americans should be concerned.

"I think the integrity of our voting system is one, but I think also how dangerous it's becoming for young people," said Keven Mooney of The Washington Examiner.  "It's very unsettling and disconcerting how they're just opening the door for tax manipulation of the tax code, setting up brothels, putting underage people in dangerous situations."

Click play for more on the controversy surrounding ACORN with Mike Allen, the chief political correspondent for well-known site, Politico.

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