IRS nearly toothless, Falwell aide claims

Political endorsements continue
Jerry Falwell is misleading churches into thinking they can endorse political candidates, two Washington-based watchdog groups warned in complaints to federal agencies. One critic noted that a Falwell associate declared that the IRS lacks the bite to prosecute churches that step over the line.

Falwell, an icon of religious conservatives and founder of the Moral Majority, insists there was nothing improper about a July 1 e-mail in which he solicited donations to help reelect President Bush. “For conservative people of faith, voting for principle this year means voting for the reelection of George W. Bush,” he wrote in a “Falwell Confidential” e-mail sent to supporters.


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