Thursday, October 22, 2009
The Chicago Tribune reports that an Iowa woman has filed a complaint with the FEC, alleging that the West Hills United Methodist Church funneled contributions to the Iowa Christian Alliance. The complaint alleges that potential donors were told to make contributions to the church, with the understanding that the church would forward the contributions to the ICA. The contributions to the church were deductible, while a contribution directly to ICA would not be deductible. ICA officials have attacked the woman as a "troublemaker," but a GOP activist described a similar process - being told that if he donated to the church he would receive recognition as having donated to ICA - in a phone interview. The FEC is reviewing the complaint.