Congressman For Christ

Tom tomwhore at
Mon Apr 21 18:00:40 PDT 2003

>From the always amazing Pleasant (

Six members of Congress live in a million-dollar Capitol Hill townhouse
that is subsidized by a secretive religious organization, tax records
show. The lawmakers, all of whom are Christian, pay low rent to live in
the stately red brick, three-story house on C Street, two blocks from the
Capitol. It is maintained by a group, alternately known as the
''Fellowship'' and the ''Foundation,'' that brings together world leaders
and elected officials through religion. The Fellowship is host of
receptions, luncheons and prayer meetings on the first two floors of the
house, which is registered with the IRS as a church. The six lawmakers -
U.S. Reps. Zach Wamp, R-Chattanooga; Bart Stupak, D-Mich.; Jim DeMint,
R-S.C.; and Mike Doyle, D-Pa.; and U.S. Sens. John Ensign, R-Nev.; and Sam
Brownback, R-Kan. - live in private rooms upstairs. Rent is $600 a month,
DeMint said. ''Our goal is singular - and that is to hope that we can
assist them in better understandings of the teachings of Christ, and
applying it to their jobs,'' said Richard Carver, a member of the
Fellowship's board of directors. He served as an assistant secretary of
the Air Force during the Reagan administration. The house, valued at $1.1
million, is owned by the C Street Center, a sister organization of the
Fellowship. It received more than $145,000 in Fellowship grants between
1997 and 2000, according to IRS records - including $96,400 in 1998 for
reducing debt.

Thanks to The Tennessean for the above information.

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