Saturday, February 28, 2009

"Catholics in Alliance for Obama and Abortion"

Jack Smith over at "The Catholic Key" is documenting the relationship between "Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good" and the Barack Obama campaign. His first story, dated February 20, was "Obama Campaign Manipulated Catholics."

"Turns out Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good was an organ of the Obama Presidential Campaign - all the while claiming to be a nonpartisan group promoting "awareness of the Catholic Social Tradition".

Elizabeth Frawley Bagley is the board chair of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good. As reported here earlier, Bagley is anything but nonpartisan. In fact, she has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to the DNC and scores of pro-abortion Democrat politicians including Al Franken, Barbara Boxer, Claire McCaskill, Charles Schumer, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. She personally raised at least $350,000 for the Obama campaign and was a member of his national finance team according to an interview in the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror."

Jack had a follow-up story yesterday: "Catholics in Alliance NewFalsehood":

"Last week, The Catholic Key Blog reported on the relationship between Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good chair Elizabeth Frawley Bagley and the Obama campaign. That report showed that Bagley is a major DNC fundraiser, a member of the Obama campaign's national finance team, and was a coordinator of Catholic outreach for the campaign. This despite CACG's continued insistence that it is a non-partisan Catholic social justice group.

Our Sunday Visitor mentions our report in its March 8 issue (subscription only) and gets this response from CACG's executive director Alexia Kelley:

'Alexia Kelley, executive director of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, says that it was no secret that Bagley was a big Democratic fundraiser before the election in November, noting, 'it was already out there in many stories that she was this Democratic fundraiser.' She said that Catholics in Alliance also has Republicans on its board, including former Vatican Ambassador Thomas Melady (1989-1993 under President George H.W. Bush).'

Jack resumes:

"But her statement is not true. There are 11 voting members of CACG's board and Ambassador Melady is not one of them, according to their website. He is listed as one of 40 people on an advisory council to the group.

Six of the 11 voting members of CACG's board were donors to the Obama campaign. Four have no record of federal campaign contributions and one gave a small donation to a Democratic candidate in the past. None are identifiable with the Republican party or Republican candidates as Ms. Kelley told OSV.

Along with Bagley, board members who donated to the Obama campaign are Melba Novoa, Alfred Rotondaro, Stephen Schneck, Mark Tuohey and major donor to the DNC and pro-abortion candidates Agnes Williams. "

These people need to be held accountable--for Obama's twice voting against legislation which would have required doctors to treat infants born alive after a "botched" abortion instead of just leaving them to die, (which was well-known by the time they donated to Obama) for the stripping away of the conscience clauses, for the overturning of the Mexico City policy. Bishop Martino's order denying communion to grave public sinners is a good start.

Posted by Gibbons J. Cooney

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