National organizations are weighing in demanding that Steve Scheffler and his Faith and Freedom Coalition let Fred into Monday's Forum. The well respected, Chicago-based Free & Equal sent this press release out today:
Christina Tobin, Founder and Chair
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Iowa group breaking the law by excluding gay potential presidential candidate
Fred Karger is a prominent Republican who is considering seeking his party's nomination for 2012. He has visited Iowa six times over the past ten months and has already run commercials in the state. Regarding an upcoming forum hosted by the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, journalist Michael Jones notes that Karger has engaged in "more political activity than practically every (possible) candidate on the invite list."
Yet Karger is the only potential candidate being excluded from the forum. In fact, IFFC President Steve Scheffler has gone further, saying in an email that "I will work overtime to help ensure that your political aspirations are aborted right here in Iowa." Why? Because Fred Karger is gay. According to Scheffler, Karger cannot participate in the forum because, according to Scheffler, "you [Karger] and the radical homosexual community want to harass supporters of REAL marriage."
Attention to fairness is expected of all tax exempt organizations when they engage in the act of informing voters. Federal law requires objective criteria to be used. Scheffler's inference that because Karger is gay, he "is not legitimate..." violates federal law. By excluding Fred Karger solely because he is gay, the IFFC and Scheffler intend to break the law by seeking to influence rather than inform voters.
"The actions of the IFFC and Steve Scheffler violate federal election laws restricting express advocacy by tax-exempt organizations. I commend and support Fred Karger for his courage to stand up in defense of free, fair, and transparent elections," said Christina Tobin, Free & Equal Founder and President.
Free & Equal is a nonpartisan, non-profit public-policy advocacy organization dedicated to election reform and improving ballot access laws in the United States.
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