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By Deal W. Hudson, Ph.D.

2/21/2009 (5 years ago)

Inside Catholic (www.insidecatholic.com)

As I have always said, it is perfectly OK to support one candidate over another in the world of Catholic politics --but just admit it.

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By Deal W. Hudson, Ph.D.

Inside Catholic (www.insidecatholic.com)

2/21/2009 (5 years ago)

Published in Politics & Policy


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Inside Catholic) - Remember all those press releases about being "non-partisan" put out by Catholics United and Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good during the campaign?

Well, the Catholic Key Blog is reporting that Catholic in Alliance's Board Chair, Elizabeth Frawley Bagley, was a major fundraiser -- over $350,000! -- for Obama during the presidential election. Bagley was even a member of Obama's national finance committee.

The Catholic Key also reports that the day after the election, November 5, Bagley gave an interview on the Internet Paltalk news program where she was introduced by host Gary Baumgarten as "the person responsible for getting out the vote for Obama." Bagley neither denied the claim nor the statement made by Baumgarten that she was "an official of the Barack Obama campaign."

As I have always said, it is perfectly OK to support one candidate over another in the world of Catholic politics --but just admit it.

Perhaps the reason that Catholics in Alliance could not admit is that their voter guides were being using in parishes all over the United States.

If it had been known its board chair was raising big money for Obama, those voter guides might not have been so widely distributed. I say "might not" because it was crystal clear what both Catholics in Alliance and Catholics United were up to -- providing cover for pro-abortion candidates -- and only those in agreement, or the truly naive, would have used those voter guides.

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Deal W. Hudson is the director of InsideCatholic.com and the author of Onward, Christian Soldiers: The Growing Political Power of Catholics and Evangelicals in the United States (Simon and Schuster).

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