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Posted December 20, 2010
Catholic League President William Donohue Receives $399,156 in Annual Compensation; Organization Holds $26 Million in Assets
Washington, DC – Controversial Catholic League president William Donohue – whose work has now gained the support of the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops – earned a salary of $342,500 in 2009, with an additional $56,656 in fringe benefits. According to annual IRS Form 990 filings, the organization spent more than $2.6 million in 2009, despite the fact that its program work constitutes little more than the issuing of inflammatory press releases.
Posted December 17, 2010
Catholics United Calls on USCCB President Archbishop Timothy Dolan to Retract Defense of William Donohue and the Catholic League
Catholics United today called on its 45,000 members to ask New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), to retract recent comments supporting the Catholic League and its controversial and polarizing president William Donohue. The move comes as Donohue steps up his annual effort to use the Christmas holiday as a cultural wedge issue.
On Thursday, Dolan authored a blog post on the New York archdiocesan web site expressing support for the Catholic League's recent campaign against a privately funded art exhibit at the Smithsonian. In the post, Dolan writes,
No one should doubt the high value and necessity of [William Donohue's] efforts, or dismiss him in crude terms. Even the recent high-volume critiques of his stand on this controversy exhibit nasty anti-catholic canards. Keep at it, Bill! We need you!
Posted December 02, 2010
Successfully manufactures controversy in time for end-of-year fundraising efforts
Catholics United Communications Director, James Salt, issued the following statement in response to the Catholic League’s criticism of the David Wojnarowicz exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. On Wednesday, December 1st, the director of the portrait gallery removed the artwork at the center of the Catholic League’s attacks.
“Just in time for his end-of-the-year fundraising efforts, Bill Donohue and the Catholic League have once again manufactured a controversy for their never-ending culture war. During this season of Advent, most Catholics and people of faith are concerned about the sluggish economy and how it affects our families, not Bill Donohue’s crusade against art. If Bill Donohue were truly interested in following Jesus, he’d drop this culture-war shtick and do something more productive for those less fortunate than himself.”
Posted November 15, 2010
Catholics United Calls on Church Leadership to Recommit to Social Justice Principles at Annual Meeting
As the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops gathered for its annual meeting in Baltimore Monday, Catholics United executive director Chris Korzen issued the following statement:
“The USCCB's meeting comes at a time of unprecedented political engagement on the part of many individual bishops, whose collective efforts have served to bolster the conservative movement's attempts to undermine the Obama Administration's social and economic agenda. Many bishops will be tempted to celebrate recent election results as a victory for Catholic values. We hope many more will recognize the danger now posed to our church's teaching on social justice and the common good.
“For those Bishops committed to the church's teachings on social justice, we ask that they vocally oppose repeal of health care reform, erosion of the social safety net, demonization of government, and free market idolatry.”
PRESS RELEASE: Federal Court Won’t Halt Inquiry into False Claims by Extremist Susan B. Anthony List
Posted October 26, 2010
SBA List Could be Penalized for Ad Campaign Intentionally Misleading Voters About Health Reform Law
Cincinnati, OH – A federal judge ruled today that the Susan B. Anthony List will have to answer to the Ohio Elections Commission for its advertisements making blatantly false claims on abortion. The Susan B. Anthony List had attempted to run misleading billboard ads in a number of highly contested congressional districts.
“This is good news for all Americans because everyone, regardless of political party, should be able to make decisions about voting based on the reality of a candidate’s record, not on which party or candidate can afford to spread more lies,” said Chris Korzen, executive director of Catholics United.
PRESS RELEASE: Erie-Area Religious and Community Leaders Call on Susan B. Anthony List to Suspend False Election Ads
Posted October 21, 2010
Erie, PA – Fifty-four religious and community leaders - including nuns, priests, ministers, and business owners - released a statement today calling on the self-described pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List to end its deceptive advertising campaign against Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper (PA-03). SBA List is currently running billboard and radio ads in Erie County which inaccurately claim that Dahlkemper allowed taxpayer funding of abortion by voting for the health care reform act earlier this year. Multiple independent analyses and media fact-checks have shown this claim to be untrue.
The Susan B. Anthony List is at the center of a legal dispute in neighboring Ohio over whether an identical ad campaign aimed at Rep. Steve Driehaus (OH-01) violated a state law prohibiting false electioneering claims. Earlier this month, the Ohio Elections Commission found probable cause that SBA List had acted illegally. An investigation is pending.
Posted October 18, 2010
Group Sues in Federal Court to Block Ohio Commission’s Investigation of False Ad Campaign
Washington, DC – The self-described pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List today asked a federal judge to overturn an Ohio law requiring truth in political advertising. Last week, the Ohio Elections Commission found probable cause that the organization violated the law in asserting that Rep. Steve Driehaus (OH-01) voted for taxpayer funding of abortion. Now, SBA List is seeking to block legal efforts to discover whether it and other organizations knew they were making false statements in order to influence the November elections.
Catholics United executive director Chris Korzen issued the following statement today in response to Susan B. Anthony List’s new legal challenge:
“The Susan B. Anthony List has argued all along that the health care reform act allows federal funding of abortion. If this is true, the group should welcome the opportunity to defend its claims. SBA List's attempt to use the federal courts to strike down an Ohio state law requiring truth in political advertising speaks volumes about its lack of confidence that the facts are on its side.”
PRESS RELEASE: Ohio Elections Commission Rules against "Pro-Life" Group in Abortion Funding Ad Dispute
Posted October 14, 2010
Susan B. Anthony List, Other Anti-Reform Organizations Could be Penalized for False Ads
Washington, DC – The Ohio Elections Commission today found probable cause that the group Susan B. Anthony List broke the law by falsely asserting in political advertisements that Congressman Steve Dreihaus (OH-01) voted to allow federal funding of abortion. The ruling has wide-reaching implications for self-described pro-life groups currently engaged in smear campaigns against a number of elected officials who voted for the health care reform act earlier this year.
Posted October 08, 2010
Susan B. Anthony List Billboards Distort Steve Driehaus' Voting Record
Cincinnati, OH – Faith and community leaders joined local members of Catholics United today in speaking out against a planned billboard advertising campaign by the group Susan B. Anthony List. In an open letter, the leaders asked the group to stop making the false claim that Congressman Steve Driehaus (OH-01) voted to expand federal funding of abortion. Numerous independent fact-checks have refuted this inaccurate argument. In fact, Rep. Driehaus led a fight earlier this year to ensure that the health care reform bill did not include elective abortion funding.
The release of the letter – signed by 36 leaders, including 11 Catholic nuns – comes as the Ohio Election Commission prepares to hear a legal challenge the Driehaus campaign filed against the ad campaign. Catholics United submitted an affidavit to the commission in support of the challenge. News reports indicate that the billboards will not go up until the case is resolved.
Northwest Pennsylvania Catholics United Members Defend Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper’s Vote on Health Care Reform Bill
Posted August 16, 2010
People of Faith Aim to “Set the Record Straight” about Abortion Funding Myth
Local members of the group Catholics United joined other members of the faith community at a public gathering today to support Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper's vote for health care reform, and to debunk the false claim that the reform act allows federal funding of abortion. This event responded to an earlier event held by the Republican-affiliated Susan B. Anthony List, which falsely claims that elective abortions are being funded through health care reform legislation passed earlier this year. Numerous health care policy experts, including the Catholic Health Association, have determined that health care reform does not permit abortion funding.
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