And, conservative readers you might be thinking this is mostly to promote good conservative moral values and issues such as pro-life. Well, that is part of it, but some like the second biggest spender (almost $27 million annually!)—the US Conference of Catholic Bishops—also lobbies on immigration, open borders and amnesty. Here the USCCB was a sponsor of the pro-amnesty march in Washington DC in March of 2010. Here the USCCB launched a campaign against e-verify. And don’t forget the USCCB helps fund CASA de Maryland.
Maybe those bishops have gotten to Newt, here, who became a Catholic with his marriage to wife #3.
Collectively, religious advocacy groups spend at least $390 million per year to advance their public policy agendas, according to the most recent data from 2008-2009 for each group. Financial information was available from federal tax filings or annual reports for 131 of the 212 groups studied (62%), so the $390 million annual figure is probably conservative.
Among the 40 biggest annual spenders from 2008 to 2009, 14 are interreligious, six are Jewish, six are evangelical Protestant, five are Catholic, four are mainline Protestant, two are Muslim, one is Quaker, one is Buddhist and one is Unitarian Universalist.
Note that those Pro-Hamas Leftist Quakers are in the top forty! Read it all!