Watchdog Group Seeks Christian Group Probe
An organization that monitors religious groups has asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate whether the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family broke the law by trying to sway presidential election voters.
In a letter Tuesday to the IRS, Citizens Project complained about a November article in a magazine printed by Focus comparing presidential candidates George W. Bush and John Kerry and their positions on abortion, stem-cell research and same-sex marriage.
Tom Minnery, a spokesman for Focus, told AP the article fell under the umbrella of its lobbying arm, Focus on the Family Action, which functions under a different set of tax criteria. Its money can be used for lobbying Minnery said.