The state's top law enforcement official apparently thinks the way to re-election is to bring the church as close to the state as possible, according to a memo leaked from Attorney General Phill Kline's campaign.
Reported this morning by Scott Rothschild of the Lawrence Journal-World, the memo was verified as authentic by Kline's campaign. The memo details the Republican's plan to use churches as a fund-raising platforms.
The Journal-World reported:
Kline is a frequent visitor to Kansas churches, often appearing as guest preacher. But the memo makes clear Kline is out to spread more than the Christian message when he takes the pulpit. And he wants to hit as many churches as possible.The memo names anti-gay pastors Terry Fox and Joe Wright as targets of Kline's fund-raising efforts.
(Sherriene Jones, a spokeswoman for the Kline campaign) said none of the fundraising occurred during actual church services, but at later receptions. Under federal tax laws, churches must maintain arm's length from political candidates or risk losing their tax-free status.
All of this shows why the race for attorney general should be watched closely by progressives and queer Kansans. The campaign between Kline and Democrat Paul Morrison, in many ways, is a surrogate battle between the Religious Right and the moderate heart of Kansas.