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Black Church Was Behind The Anti-Tea Party Ads In MS

From the New York Times, last week:

A Church-PAC Link Raises Questions in Mississippi

By Derek Willis | JUNE 16, 2014

The full-page advertisement in Mississippi Link, a weekly newspaper aimed at black residents of Jackson, the state’s capital, urged readers to vote for Senator Thad Cochran in the June 3 Republican primary.

That might be unremarkable except for one thing: The political action committee that paid for the ad shares an address and leadership with a local church. “All Citizens for Mississippi” did not appear to exist at the time of the ad’s publication. Its registration as a super PAC with the Federal Election Commission was posted online last week and contains one important clue about its origins. All Citizens for Mississippi shares an address with New Horizon Church International in Jackson and also names Jacqueline Vann, the church’s chief financial officer, as its treasurer…

The danger for the church is that it, like other I.R.S.-approved charities, could lose its tax status if it participates in a political campaign, whether for or against a candidate…

Imagine, a black church violating its tax exempt status by campaigning for (or against) a particular candidate. Lois Lerner would have nailed them faster than you can say ‘Chuck Grassley.’

The ad, with a big picture of a smiling Mr. Cochran, asked Democrats to vote for him…

“The decision on who is going to be our next senator is going to be made in the republican primary,” the text at the bottom of the ad reads, keeping the names of the political parties in lowercase. “We’re asking democrats to cross over and vote in the republican primary to ensure our community’s interest is heard.” …

Note too that this ad did not warn anyone it is illegal for a person to vote in the Democrat primary and then vote again in the Republican primary run-off.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, June 27th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Black Church Was Behind The Anti-Tea Party Ads In MS”

  1. yadayada

    crickets

  2. Report it to the IRS ..

    Oh, wait ..

  3. mr_bill

    The IRS is too busy shredding documents “losing emails” to notice this flagrant violation of a rule it’s been told to scrutinize.


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