Not only is it un-Christian, says Two or Three, but media attention to it will take him off message. Not really. All he is at this point is a pitbull for McCain; the media still cares about him only to the extent he’s willing to give them one-liners about eating fried squirrel. Say this for him, though: When he finds a form of shadiness he likes, he sticks to it. That was the lesson of yesterday’s post about “independent” groups working on his behalf and it’s the lesson of today’s newest anecdote about him observing the letter but certainly not the spirit of the regs forbidding politicking by religious charities.
Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee says he did nothing improper by holding a political fundraiser in a Texas televangelist’s church sanctuary last week.
The event, which coincided with Kenneth Copeland’s annual Ministers’ Conference, was held at Eagle Mountain International Church in the Fort Worth suburb of Newark. Preachers from around the country who had gathered in the sanctuary for the religious event stayed for the Huckabee fundraiser.
“I made a phone call in and just said hello to them, called in on a speakerphone, said hi and encouraged them, you know. And that was it,” the former Arkansas governor said Tuesdayduring an interview outside a Tampa polling place. “They told me there was over a thousand of them there. I’m not sure how many because I couldn’t see them. I could only hear them on the phone.”
The Trinity Foundation, a Dallas nonprofit that monitors televangelists, says the fundraiser produced $111,000 in donationsand about $1 million in pledges, but Huckabee said he doesn’t know how much was raised…
A Copeland spokesman said that the Huckabee campaign had paid $2,500 to rent space at the ministry for three hours.
Follow the link and read down for Huck’s vow to stand with Copeland come hell, high water, or Senate investigation. That $2,500 wasn’t the only quid pro quo between them.
Exit question: Just how easy is it to segue from religious gathering to private political fundraiser? Presto change-o:
“Last night [Jan. 23] the Governor called his friend in the middle of a conference and Copeland, carefully observing all the laws governing non profits, as a private citizen, re-convened a private meeting, turned to his friends and raised $111,000 in cash and reportedly a cool million in promises for Huckabee.”