Something smells like an anti-Mormon conspiracy to me!
First one of the most ethical and "straight arrow" members of Congress, John T Doolittle, is raked over the coals for fundraising activities. And now, just one week later, the Washington Post suddenly has breaking news that Secretary Leavitt also has questionable charitable practices .
Let's look at the cold hard facts.
1. Doolittle's alleged crime- his wife worked as a fundraiser. She kept all receipts. She did all of the work. Having personally been in her home I have no problem making the assertion that she probably made every single fundraising dinner from scratch, cleaned her home, and handwrote out every invitation. Why wouldn't she? She's one of the most amazing event planners in the world, and my personal inspiration to become one. She took a flat commission rate from every fundraising dollar she brought in. Apparently the Post doesn't think she should have done that.
2. Leavitt's alleged crime- his family charitable trust didn't give away enough money to charity. Well, I don't know if they did or didn't. But I do know that the Post very clearly spells out how many members of the family were a part of the trust. So it wasn't Sec. Leavitt alone. If Leavitt only donated funds to one place this year, and that one place was his family's trust, that was his choice. Does it make him a bad person? Well, no, just a slightly selfish one. But let's get one thing straight- that was nothing but my own personal assertion. I don't believe for one second that the Leavitts only donated to their own family trust this year. I've met them enough times, and I have met enough of their extended family and friends, to know that they are very active in other well-doing organizations. Mrs. Leavitt is one of the kindest people I have ever met. I find it completely impossible to believe that the Leavitts only donated to their own family trust. But even then, is there something wrong with donating your own hard earned money into a trust that takes care of your own family and your own interests? Is the Post really suggesting that it is wrong for a family trust to donate funds to its own interests??? Backing up to Sec. Leavitt and the choices he made with his own money. Did he do anything criminal with it? No. Did the trust he donated to do anything criminal? No. So why did this make the front page and why do we care?
Oh, because both Doolittle and Leavitt are LDS, and the LDS (Mormon) Church is coming up and out of obscurity with the political rise of Gov. Mitt Romney right now. People are waking up and realizing that Romney will rise to previously unexpected popularity when he saves and fixes the Big Dig problems. And with that, he will swoop the GOP nomination process. And there are too many close-minded people who just can't handle a Mormon with that much power. (Why? What did we ever do to you?)
Something smells like an anti-Mormon conspiracy (all in the name of "educating the people" - albeit improperly) at the Washington Post.
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