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?
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…)