Senate 1, ACORN 0

Under fire already on a variety of fronts, the community activist group ACORN suffered another setback Monday, when the Senate voted to block the feds from giving the group any federal housing and community grant awards.

The vote was 83-7 in favor of the plan offered by Sen. Mike Johans (R-NE), who argued that "It's wrong to give tax dollars to a group with multiple convictions of undermining our democratic process and our laws."

The move comes after several very public setbacks for ACORN, which has been the subject of some guerilla video operations that have shown employees giving bogus tax advice to a man who posed as a pimp, and a woman posing as a prostitute.

Last week, ACORN was bounced by the Census Bureau from having any role in taking the Census in 2010.

"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," said a letter sent by the Census director to ACORN officials.

ACORN has become a lightning rod in political circles, as Republicans have persistently gone after the community activist group, first for questionable voter registration efforts.

And from the looks of this 83-7 vote, that effort is working.

The seven Senators who voted against the plan to keep ACORN from handing out housing grant money were:

Burris (D-IL), Casey (D-PA), Durbin (D-IL), Gillibrand (D-NY), Leahy (D-VT), Sanders (I-VT) and Whitehouse (D-RI).