Latter Day Financial Accountability

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This week, American News Project released this video about the way the Mormon Church financially supported the passing of Proposition 8.  The report is compelling:

The tax-exempt policy details specific expectations for what a religious organization can and cannot do in terms of political engagement.  This might be surprising:

  • they must not participate in, or intervene in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office,

There is also a qualification for “substantial lobbying activity,” but of course, “substantial” is never qualified.

The scary part is that there is no public disclosure for religious organizations.  No records have to be kept about how much money is brought in or how it is spent.

Two questions:

  • What do they have to hide?
  • Why do we let them hide it?
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