The Square Circuit

Academia, parenthood, living in a bankrupt city, and what I read in the process.

Friday, March 24, 2006

kickback or laundering?

The Philadelphia DAILY NEWS reports that

"A faith-based Philadelphia group at the center of a flap over whether tax-exempt religious groups are aiding the re-election campaign of U.S. Sen Rick Santorum has won more than $250,000 in federal grant money pushed for by Santorum over the last three years. The group, the Urban Family Council — founded by well-known local conservative religious activist William Devlin — also has reaped a $10,000 grant from a controversial charity founded by Santorum, the Operation Good Neighbor Foundation. Several watchdog groups on charities or church-and-state issues say the web between the Urban Family Council and Santorum is a tangled one. The overlapping ties raise questions, they said, about a backdoor way to funnel money to political supporters outside of the closely monitored campaign-finance system."

This from the guy who the Republicans have tapped to head their internal housecleaning after the Abramoff scandals.


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