The IRS is investigating the United Church of Christ due to a speech Obama gave at their national convention last year after he became a candidate for president. Obama belongs to the 1.2 million-member Protestant group through his Chicago congregation headed by Jeremiah Wright.
The Washington Post reports that 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.” Under federal law, churches are barred from becoming directly or indirectly involved in campaigns of political candidates. UCC has denied any wrongdoing.
Eurweb reports…The IRS said in the letter that it was concerned about articles posted on the church’s website and on other sites stating that Obama had addressed nearly 10,000 people at the event. The agency also said Obama volunteers had staffed campaign tables “outside the center to promote his campaign.”
Obama, a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, spoke about faith and public life at the denomination’s June, 2007 General Synod in Hartford, Conn. UCC had invited Obama to speak a year before he announced he was running for president because of his involvement in the denomination, said Rev. J. Bennett Guess, a spokesman for the Cleveland-based denomination. The church leaders say that they consulted lawyers before the event and even told the crowd that the senator was not talking on campaign-related issues.
You can’t even speak at your OWN church! Wow. You know black folks love their churches. Maybe he just forgot about the rules.