In Shift, Clergy Gives More Dollars to Dems

Donations favor Obama, Clinton over Huckabee
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2007 2:05 PM CST
Presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., is flanked by members of the Missouri clergy as she talks to the media during a campaign stop, Friday, Oct. 5, 2007, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – In a shift from 2004, Republican presidential and congressional hopefuls are losing clergy support as measured by campaign donations, Politico reports. According to FEC data, clergy and religious groups have given Dem candidates $367,000 but the GOP just $288,000. Of the Dem haul, Barack Obama leads with $107,350 to Hillary Clinton's $89,910.

Republican candidate Mike Huckabee, an ordained Baptist minister who courts Christian conservatives, has raised $20,610, second among GOP candidates to Mitt Romney's $39,350. Four years ago, the GOP trumped Dems with non-secular cash, banking
59% of clergy donations. The change comes as Dem hopefuls speak more on faith and religious moderates organize against the Christian Right.