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Obama Misused Church Resources to Support his Campaign

October 31, 2008

Obama’s misuse of tax exempt resources prompted IRS investigation of the United Church of Christ
The United Church of Christ’s Web site reports that Barack Obama’s delivery of a campaign speech at its annual synod–a blatant misuse of the church’s tax exempt resources–prompted the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the church. That is, Barack Hussein Obama’s knowing, deliberate, premeditated, and willful misuse of his church’s resources to support his Presidential campaign put the church’s tax exemption at risk.

    Obama’s General Synod speech prompts IRS to investigate UCC’s tax-exempt status
    Written by J. Bennett Guess
    February 26, 2008

    The Internal Revenue Service has notified the United Church of Christ’s national offices in Cleveland, Ohio, that the IRS has opened an investigation into U.S. Sen. Barack Obama’s address at the UCC’s 2007 General Synod as the church engaging in “political activities.”

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“Churchgate:” Obama Misused Tax Exempt Church Resources for his Campaign

September 10, 2008

Barack Obama’s campaign has made a point about not taking money from big donors, even though it has received six figure bundled contributions from “little, ordinary people” like Goldman Sachs, Lehman Broters, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Execlon, and Microsoft,* and even though Obama broke his pledge to accept Federal campaign financing and the accompanying spending limits. The Obama campaign’s fundraising ethics also include illegal and possibly rigged lotteries like “Dinner with Barack;” the “Backstage with Barack” lottery was modified to allow entry without a donation under pressure from Minnesota and possibly other law enforcement agencies.

While Barack Obama is at least morally responsible for the behavior of his campaign staff–and he signed his name to at least one of the lottery solicitations even though, as an attorney, he ought to know at least something about lottery laws–he is directly and personally responsible for his deliberate, premeditated, and willful misuse of the United Church of Christ’s tax exempt resources to support his campaign.

* The corporations do not donate the money themselves, they bundle donations from employees and others. This is legal. (more…)

Scandals Undermine Obama Fundraising

July 17, 2008

Internet lotteries, misuse of tax exempt church resources, and campaign-sanctioned hate speech cut into Obama fundraising

Two or three months ago, Republicans’ biggest fear was that Obama’s sophisticated Internet network would raise enough money to overwhelm McCain with limitless funds for advertising. Barack Obama believed this as well, as shown by his decision to reject Federal funding (and spending limits) for his campaign.

The following E-mail from David Plouffe now reports, however, that McCain’s admittedly more primitive fundraising system is outperforming Obama’s system. It also suggests that disgruntled Obama supporters are closing their wallets and purses to further solicitations. Potential explanations include spreading scandals about Obama’s methods of raising money or its equivalent–including Internet lotteries of questionable legality along with misuse of tax exempt church resources–and his campaign’s sanction of anti-Semitic, misogynist, and racist hate speech along with actual libel at My.BarackObama.com. (more…)

IRS Implies Obama, not Church, to Blame for Misuse of Tax Exempt Resources

May 24, 2008

Obama did the equivalent of F-bombing his own church

The Internal Revenue Service has, and rightly in our opinion, cleared the United Church of Christ of accusations that it violated its tax exempt status by hosting Barack Obama’s “A Politics of Conscience.” The IRS’s letter to the United Church of Christ cites the same points that we did: even though Barack Obama’s “A Politics of Conscience” contained campaign-related content, the UCC did everything possible to prevent the Obama campaign from misusing its resources for electioneering. It would therefore be hardly fair to hold the United Church of Christ accountable for Barack Obama’s decision to break his word to his own church by giving a speech that described what he will do if he is elected President, as shown by the transcript of “A Politics of Conscience,” and the IRS apparently came to the same conclusion. (more…)

Obama’s Premeditated Misuse of United Church of Christ Resources

March 6, 2008

We will say up front that we have very little use for the United Church of Christ (UCC) and especially the Trinity United Church of Christ, of which Barack Hussein Obama is a member. The UCC is associated with the unsavory Sabeel Ecuminical Liberation Theology Center and Naim Ateek, who refer to the establishment of Israel as the Nakba (“Catastrophe”). To this may be added the racism of TUCC, whose pastor, Jeremiah Wright, says that “white America” got a “wake up call” on 9/11.

    ADL Troubled by United Church of Christ’s Embrace of Radicalized Palestinian Christian Group
    New York, NY, January 10, 2006 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is troubled by the United Church of Christ’s continuing partnership with the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, a radicalized Palestinian Christian group whose leaders have openly questioned Israel’s right to exist.

Now that the United Church of Christ is under investigation by the Internal Revenue Service for allegedly allowing Barack Obama to misuse its tax exempt resources to promote his campaign, we could easily indulge in some Schadenfreude, or vicarious enjoyment of an enemy’s troubles. On the other hand, common justice and decency requires us to determine whether our enemy really deserves to be in trouble for something it might not have done. While prosecution for something he didn’t do might be Karmic justice for someone like Mike Nifong, the disgraced and disbarred prosecutor who allegedly withheld exculpatory evidence in the Duke Lacrosse rape case, UCC’s current troubles with the Internal Revenue Service are totally unrelated to its relationship with Sabeel. If people walked away from UCC in disgust over this relationship, the punishment would indeed fit the offense, but jeopardization of UCC’s tax exempt status by Barack Obama’s apparent abuse of the church’s trust would not.

Our question is whether the UCC knowingly and willfully, or even merely recklessly, used its tax exempt resources (in this case its annual meeting, which was held at the Hartford Civic Center) to promote a political figure’s candidacy. Doing so is cause for revocation of the organization’s tax exemption. ”IRS Investigation: A Test Of Church’s Faith?” by UCC minister Davida Foy Crabtree asserts, however, that the church made reasonable efforts to obey the rules, but Barack Obama and his campaign staff misled the church as to their intentions. As shown by the content of Obama’s speech, which helped trigger the IRS investigation, Obama’s actions were not merely mistaken or even reckless, they were a premeditated abuse of the church’s trust and resources. (more…)

Did Obama Betray the United Church of Christ?

March 3, 2008

More information has come to light about the reason for the Internal Revenue Service’s investigation of the United Church of Christ. On the basis of “IRS Investigation: A Test Of Church’s Faith?” by Davida Foy Crabtree, we must conclude that Barack Obama (1) gave his word to the United Church of Christ that no campaign-related activity would take place during the United Church of Christ’s General Synod in June 2007, and then (2) he promptly broke his word by using the 501(c)(3) tax exempt event to promote his Presidential candidacy. If this is how Barack Obama keeps his word to his own church and then, by breaking it, gets the church into trouble with the IRS, we really have to wonder whether any oath of office he takes will be worth the air he speaks it with. Reverend Crabtree asserts,

    Our purpose in inviting Sen. Obama in the spring of 2006 — long before he was a candidate for the presidency — was to ask him to address the connection between his Christian faith and his public service, to speak to us of the challenges for people of faith in the public square today. And he did so with eloquence. As a prominent member of our church, his was a natural invitation, just as the others were.To avoid any hint of endorsement or promotion, our national officers and our denominational attorney established clear understandings with Sen. Obama’s office in Washington. He readily agreed to all of them. We made it clear not only to his campaign staff but also to our own synod delegates and visitors that no advocacy or promotion of his candidacy would be permitted.

We leave it to our reader to judge from “A Politics of Conscience,” Written by Senator Barack Obama, June 23, 2007, whether Obama kept or broke his word to the United Church of Christ. Most of the speech does indeed address the connection between Obama’s faith and his public service, but at least two portions relate directly and explicitly to his Presidential aspirations. We are not sure that his mention of other issues (e.g. the minimum wage and the Iraq war) would not be acceptable by themselves but, in the context of “I announced I was running for President,” they also could be construed as campaign-related as opposed to issue-related. Note also that the “change” theme is directly related to Obama’s campaign. (more…)

Who is Barack Obama? (Viral E-mail For Circulation)

March 2, 2008

We have previously shown that viral E-mails (E-mails that people circulate to friends and associates, not E-mails that contain computer viruses) are causing serious problems for the Obama campaign. The following viral e-mail, which we place in the public domain and whose widespread circulation we encourage, tells the absolute truth about this phony smile on top of an empty suit, and all statements in this package can be verified independently through a Google search, or reference to the indicated links. In Netscape E-mail at least, the entire package below pastes into the letter with preservation of highlighting and formatting. COPY, PASTE, AND SEND! (more…)

Obama Misused Church Resources for Campaign

February 29, 2008

Barack Obama made a speech with substantial campaign-related content at the United Church of Christ’s annual synod after the church told its members that no election-related activity would take place. Did Obama lie to his own church, which is now in trouble with the IRS as a result?

IRS Investigating Obama’s Church

By Jacqueline L. Salmon
The United Church of Christ, Sen. Barack Obama’s spiritual home, is in hot water with the Internal Revenue Service over a speech Obama gave to its national convention last June.

…According to a copy of an IRS letter that the church received Monday, the IRS is launching the inquiry “because reasonable belief exists that the United Church of Christ has engaged in political activities that could jeopardize its tax-exempt status.”

In addition, the IRS letter alleges that “40 Obama volunteers staffed campaign tables outside the center to promote his campaign.”

Excerpts from Obama’s speech, , below. (more…)

Obama’s Church Connected to Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center

February 26, 2008

Sabeel calls the establishment of Israel “The Catastrophe” (Nakba)

From the Web site of the United Church of Christ; enter zip code 60628 in the search box and click on “Find a Church.” The first entry that comes up is:

Pastor(s) JEREMIAH A. WRIGHT JR – P
Address 400 W 95TH ST , CHICAGO IL 60628-1120

Yes, Barack Obama’s church, the Trinity United Church of Christ, is affiliated with the United Church of Christ. Now let’s take a look at the United Church of Christ’s less than savory connections with the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center. (more…)


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