IRS Investigating Obama's United Church Of Christ

While we’d dearly love to see the actual doctrines of the TUCC investigated, we’re just not sure Obama’s speech there is any different than many other candidates speeches before congregations in the past. What’s odd about this one is that it’s a democratic candidate speech — generally, the IRS goes after conservative candidates speaking to evangelical churches. Go figure. — PID

Feb 27, 2008 NEW YORK (CBS/AP) ― The IRS is investigating the United Church of Christ over a speech Sen. Barack Obama gave at its national meeting last year after he became a candidate for president, the denomination said Tuesday. Obama, an Illinois Democrat, belongs to the 1.2 million-member Protestant group through his Chicago congregation. In a letter the denomination received Monday, the IRS said “reasonable belief exists” that the circumstances surrounding the speech violated restrictions on political activity for tax-exempt organizations. Full Report