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Pastors and politics

COEUR d'ALENE - Several local pastors got involved with the primary elections earlier this spring, and some of those who did participate say they have done nothing wrong. But State Rep. Ed Morse, R-Hayden, said he believes those pastors may have violated Internal Revenue Service laws that prohibit non-profit organizations from political campaigning.Morse plans to file a formal complaint with the IRS this week.

"We just can't compete with this," he said in an interview on Friday. "What they did is biased, it's unethical, it's immoral and it's against federal law."

Morse is referring to a political flyer that was distributed by a number of local churches the weekend prior to the primary elections on May 20. The flyer was created by the Kootenai Family Council PAC, which was formed by Robert Schillingstad and Gary Brown on May 14, and terminated on June 2.

The PAC spent a total of $305, donated by Schillingstad, at Staples in Ironwood Square on literature and copies. If all of that money went to color copies at Staples prices, that would amount to over 600 copies of the flyer. Full story. Jeff Selle, Cda Press

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.



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