Hubris writ large.
A Bill Eases Vote Curb on ChurchesNow, there's a Pandora's Box for you.
Republicans in the House of Representatives have quietly introduced a measure to make it easier for churches to support political candidates, just days after the Bush campaign came under fire from liberal groups for inviting church members to distribute campaign information at their houses of worship.
Representative Bill Thomas of California, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, added the measure to a much larger bill, introduced in the committee on Friday, that centers on revising certain corporate taxes. The provision, called Safe Harbor for Churches, would allow religious organizations a limited number of violations of the existing rules against political endorsements without jeopardizing their tax-exempt status.
Although its chances of enactment are uncertain, Democrats and other critics of the proposal argue that its timing suggests that Republicans are trying to bend the tax rules in time to help the president's re-election campaign...
I guess they finally figured out they can't compete with 527's.
This bill is not without potentially interesting scenarios, though. I wonder if I can get away with "limited violations" of my 1040 tax filing next year? Or if non-profit agencies will be able to distribute political literature to their clients with a wink and a nod? Hmmmmmm.