Obama's Church Flouts Tax Law

Candidate's church offers praise from the pulpit, pans opponent
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 10, 2008 2:35 PM CDT

(Newser) – Barack Obama's home church in Chicago may be risking its tax-exempt status by promoting the candidate in sermons. Churches are allowed to support specific causes, but not candidates, and some experts say the praise—and attacks on Hillary Clinton— violate IRS laws. "There does seem to be a pattern of attempting to tip the scales," a law professor tells the Wall Street Journal.

The church is one of a growing number of congregations, right and left, risking tax problems as they dive deeper into political advocacy. "Barack knows what it means to be a black man living in a country and a culture that is controlled by rich white people," the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., the senior pastor of Trinity Church, said from the pulpit on Christmas. "Hillary can never know that."