Washington D.C., Jul 24, 2010 / 06:30 am
The pro-Obama group Catholics United has announced it is trying to raise $500,000 to support Democratic Congressional candidates who backed the health care legislation passed earlier this year. It aims to fund the monitoring of the activities of “the religious right” and to defend the candidates from campaigns by “Republican-affiliated” pro-life groups.
The group will support Democratic Reps. John Boccieri of Ohio, Kathy Dahlkemper of Pennsylvania, Steve Driehaus of Ohio and Tom Perriello of Virginia. Perriello was a co-founder of the group Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, which has shared connections and personnel with Catholics United.
Catholics United executive director Chris Korzen announced the group’s “Set the Record Straight” campaign in a Wednesday statement. He accused “many political operatives” of “dishonesty” in attacks on candidates.
"These groups are engaging in scare tactics and misusing the language of faith to score cheap political points and lead voters astray," he charged.