Mostly transcribed from Politico’s Post – see actual pdf here.
This you just have to see for yourself. This is a correspondence to all the “Jim Jones” folks promoting Huckabee from everything from the pulpit to the parking lot. I think Michigan needs to send out the IRS Swat Team to every evangelical church in Michigan and see a whole bunch of churches lose their tax-exempt status.
(My comments are like this.)
From “Gary Glenn” To: Undisclosed-Recipient
1/06/2008 11:49:13 PM
How to Win Michigan for Huckabee!
Our highest priorities for the next ten days.
“We were stunned when we saw the poll numbers in Michigan in which we were first or second. …Michigan is turning out to be a very key state for us.” Gov. Mike Huckabee, Detroit News, Jan 3, 2007
“In the past, Christian conservatives have made up anywhere from a quarter to a third fo the Republican electorate in Michigan. In a Detroit News-WXYZ Action News poll last month, 40 percent of likely Republican primary voters in Michiga described themselves as evangelical or fundamentalist Christians.” Detroit News, Jan 4, 2007
Dear Huckabee supporter,
The e-mail I sent earlier is the single most effective way to turn out only identified Huckabee supporters on primary election day, Jan 15th.
For those who do not have the time or manpower to make all those voter I.D. phone calls, here is the second most important campaign objective in the eight days remaining, and it focuses particularly on this coming Sunday, Jan 13th.
What portion of the voting public is most strongly in favor of Gov. Huckabee?
The answer: Evangelical Churches
Members of evangelical churches vote for Huckabee by a 6-to-1 margin over Mitt Romney, meaning that if we turned out every evangelical Christian on election day, Gov. Huckabee would get six times as many votes as Romney!
So how do we target evangelical churches and effectively turn out members of those churches?
Read below, and please do as much as you possibly can between now and Jan 15th.
Which churches should we mobilize for turnout on Jan 15th?
Assembly of God, Baptist, Church of God, Nazarenes, Lutheran, non-denomination, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Reformed, Word of Faith
Which churches should we leave alone?
According to a Detroit News poll, Romney leads by a wide margin among Catholics and, obviously, Mormons. Also, any church you know to be liberal on issues such as abortion and protecting traditional marriage.
HOW do we mobilize evangelical churches to vote Jan 15th?
1. Recruit other Huckabee supporters to help you call every evangelical pastor in your community with a two-pronged message:
- Ask every pastor to be sure this Sunday, Jan 13th, to simply remind his congregation to vote on Tuesday, Jan 15th. Not vote for Huckabee — a pastor legally cannot do that from the pulpit — just remember to vote, period. If every evangelical church member votes, Gov. Huckabee wins 6 votes for every one vote that goes to Romney.
- Ask each pastor if he’d be willing to personally — as an individual — endorse Gov. Huckabee. This is perfectly legal. For those who will, schedule a news conference this Friday, Jan 11th, at the public library or a local restaurant or hotel conference room (not a church), and invite all pro-Huckabee pastors to attend. Then contact your area newspapers and tell them who, what, when, and where so they can attend and give the Huckabee campaign endorsements free media coverage. (Any pastor who’s undecided, refer him to http://www.MikeHuckabee.com for more information) (No LDS church is allowed to promote any candidate from the pulpit, the only thing we hear – and then that is only rarely – are reminders to vote and to help with specific issues – never a candidate – If one of my Bishops got up and promoted a candidate, I would be really offended and insulted. I don’t like people trying to impose their stuff on me.)
2. Recruit Huckabee supporters to call all the members of their church and urge their fellow members to vote for Gov. Huckabee. They in turn should recruit other Huckabee supporters in their church to help them. Nothing is more powerful than the personal testimony of one church member to another.
If a Huckabee supporter is unable to make the calls himself, ask him to share the membership directory of his church so that other Hucakbaee supporters who don’t go to that particular church can help call church members with a respectful polite reminder to vote on Jan 15th (and hopefully for Huckabee). (All Mormon church member directories have a “this information is to be used for church purposes only – so where do they even think they can do this??? Oh that’s right, you can do anything as long as you don’t get caught.)
3. Recruit volunteers to stand this Sunday on public sidewalks across the street from parking lots of the biggest evangelical churches you can find, as people are departing church services, and wave Huckabee campaign signs and home-made signs that say:
HUCKABEE for President
Vote Tuesday, Jan 15th!
order campaign signs – blah blah blah
4. Call all local Christian radio stations.
Strongly urge them to run Public Service Announcements reminding listeners to vote on Jan 15th.
Call in to Christian radio talk shows in your area live and remind listeners to vote Jan 15th.
5. Distribute pro-Huckabee literature on the cars of church parking lots during each worship service between now and Jan 15th.
Be advised that if you ask permission in advance, you will likely be refused. (OMgoodness, these people are crazy!!!!)
Here are suggested flyers that address his views on faith, protecting prenatal life, and preserving marriage:
blah, blah, blah
Here is legal advice received from Priests for Life regarding leafleting church parking lots:
Elections and the Church Parking Lot
With primaries taking place in various parts of the nation and the general election fast approaching, many pastors are approached by people who wish to distribute campaign literature in the Church parking lot or who simply do it on their own.
There is no reason to throw such people off the property simply for putting literature on cars. (You’ve got to be kidding.) Among the attorneys who advise us at Priests for Life are James Bopp, Jr. and Barry Bostrom, who are among the nation’s leading experts on tax law and on what Chruches are allowed to do regarding elections. In a recent letter, they advised us as follows:
The distribution of campaign material by others in the church parking lot will not jeopardize the church’s tax exempt status. (You’ve got to be really kidding! Oh let’s just find every single crack in the law and squeeze our big, fat, polyester-wearing, evangelical rear-ends right on through why don’t you!) The mere permission of distribution of campaign materials by others in the church parking lot is not regulated by the Internal Revenue Code. (That’s because they didn’t think for one minute you people would find every possible way to break the law without actually getting caught! Have you ever heard of “avoiding even the ‘appearance of evil’ – apparently not.) The Code and its regulations are designed to limit only the activities and expenditures of non-profit organizations. Distribution of campaign materials by others out doors, in a public parking lot, is not an activity or expenditure of the church. (Okay, so how “public” are these parking lots? Aren’t they owned by the churches thereby making them church property? Like Duh!)
In most states there are state court decisions holding that such activity is protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and/or the State Constitution, and therefore, the church will suffer no adverse consequences as a result of this activity. Tehre are many cases recognizing the free speech rights of individuals and protecting speech and petitioning, reasonably exercised, in public areas, even when the property is privately owned.
In other words, churches not only may permit campaign statements to be distributed in their public parking lots, they cannot prohibit such distributions because the parking lots are open to the public. (Oh ya? You wanna bet? This is full of poo – and you know it is if it has to be done without permission and those holding signs have to be across the street off the property. The kool-aid they are trying to cult you into believing is that this is all okay and you can’t stop it – yet everything else in this memo tells you to be “extra careful” or those IRS guys will be out to get you.)
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