Hutchison absent from voting on funding for Acorn

U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison did not take part Monday in an overwhelming Senate vote to withhold federal funding from ACORN, the increasingly controversial community organization. On Monday evening, she attended a fundraiser at the Dallas-area home of former Dallas Cowboy Roger Staubach.

The Senate voted 83-7 to deny funding and community grants to ACORN, which stands for Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. The organization has faced a series of setbacks over the last year, including the recent circulation of videos in which some of its employees gave tax-avoidance advice to conservative activists posing as pimps and prostitutes. The organization is also the subject of voter-fraud investigations.

“This is yet another example of Senator Hutchison failing to protect the taxpayers of Texas,” said Mark Miner, a spokesman for Gov. Rick Perry, whom Hutchison is trying to unseat.

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