It's the economy, brethren.
That's the basic idea behind a new campaign launched Wednesday by a progressive faith-based organization to influence the 2012 election. The PICO National Network said it is enlisting clergy nationwide to register voters, get out the vote and spread a message of economic equality. Calling the campaign "Land of Opportunity," PICO said its goal is to sign up 75,000 new voters and reach a total of 1 million people who will support its message and vote for … well, there's the rub.
Presumably restricted by IRS rules that prohibit churches and nonprofit organizations from supporting political candidates, PICO isn't supporting anyone in particular, its director of policy, Gordon Whitman, said in a conference call.
"We have a message for candidates, and we are delivering it, but we are not supporting candidates from either party," he said. He and several clergy who participated in the call stressed their involvement in state proposition battles, such as opposing a Republican-backed ballot measure in Minnesota that would require voters to show photo identification.