Samaritan's Purse spent $150K on NC constitutional amendment

International Christian relief and evangelism charity organization Samaritan's Purse run by Franklin Graham contributed $150,200 towards newspaper and TV advertising in support of the NC Marriage Amendment, according to an Independent Expenditure report filed with the NC State Board of Elections.

A total of $272,593.70 was reported spent by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association on full page ads in NC newspapers featuring the image of Billy Graham and words attributed to him and, on TV ads with similar content all with the legend "Paid for by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association". $190,200 was reported as contributions from other persons or entities leaving $82,393.70 as the assumed direct contribution of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Of the $190,200 contributed by others $150,200 came from Samaritan's Purse based in Boone, NC. $20,000 came from Mark DeMoss of Duluth, GA, and another $20,000 came from Dick Furman of Boone, NC. Mark DeMoss is an evangelical who runs a Christian PR agency and serves as an advisor to Mitt Romney. Dick Furman is a doctor who founded World Medical Mission which is part of the Samaritan's Purse organization, on whose board he sits.

In soliciting donations on its website Samaritan's Purse states:

Your gift to "Where Most Needed" equips Samaritan's Purse with the resources—including personnel, materials, supporting services, buildings, and equipment—to fulfill our mission of relief and evangelism worldwide.

Nowhere on the charity's website does it state that funds will be used for political activity or to influence elections though Franklin Graham was very public in support of the Constitutional Amendment that calcified existing state marriage law and banned civil unions. The only references to marriage found on the site relate to abstinence and faithfulness programs. While the bills were directly paid by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association the major source of funds was Franklin Graham's Samaritan's Purse at 55% of the total while the Billy Graham group contributed at most 30%.

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Billy Boy Jr tells Republican Jesus to lock-up Gays

No doubt the Republican Jesus and Billy Jr are on a mission for God to stamp out Giant Amazon Lesbians and Gays that live in Asheville and free speech zones in Chapel Hill..

What's next? Billy Boy Jr going after the escape Alien Lizards from Area 51 that live in Lizard Lick North Carolina!

Graham

A note from an alert reader:

Franklin Graham was N&O's Tar Heel of the Year in 1999 for his Samaritan's Purse work. I wonder if they stand by that honor.

If ever a man was lucky...

...to be able to ride along on his daddy's coat tails, Frank Graham is a prime example.
mhyp3

I always enjoyed watching Billy Graham's crusades on television

and seeing him interviewed and it saddens me that Franklin Graham is not the man his father is.

Franklin was speaking at the Jesse Helms Center at Wingate University several years ago during the "Shoe Box" drive and I had to take the boxes from my church, so my husband and I stayed for the speech. We almost got up and left when he made a smarta$$ remark about Hillary Clinton. Graham was telling about a little lady from West Virginia who had told him a neat story about meeting Hillary and asking her for something to put in her shoe box! The lady from West Virginia addressed Hillary as "Miss President", and Graham, of course, played to the right-wingers in the audience and made a big joke out of it. There was some applause, but I booed him (it was a polite boo). I wrote Graham the next week and told him I was almost sure there were as many Democrats contributing shoe boxes as Republicans and I didn't appreciate his remark. Of course, I never heard back.

My mother was baptized by Billy Graham

and would walk on hot coals if he said to do so. It's frightening that some people think the same thing about Franklin Graham, who has nothing to commend him to a leadership position beyond the accident of his birth.

Billy Graham is a bigot.

That's all there is to it. Worthless.P.O.S.

Stan Bozarth

Billy Graham is great man

You godless libtards will have to stand judgement one day.Better listen to Billy.He speaks the Truth.

What the...?

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Will the REAL Franklin please stand up.

If anything, Billy was a showman. Just ask Nixon. But he was ahead of the curve on tons of crap in his sideshow to progress the cause of JESUS, like "coloreds" being equal.

Frankie Graham disgusts all of humanity as well as his father, and all our Father.

So gross.

Frick that turd.

Billy dead, yo?

Welcome to 2012.

If civil law didn't prevent it

Biily and Franklin, and many other religious leaders would be having 21st century inquisitions...and if one didn't believe what they believe, they'd stretch you on the rack until you did...or burn you at the stake.. Your "libtard" comment makes the case...you think people who think differently than you are defective. It's you who is defective.

Throughout history some men/groups (usually political or religious) have tried to impose their will on others. When those "others" chose not to do so, they were persecuted....usually viciously. The Grahams are, in my opinon, bigots and they preach intolerance...not much different from Popes immemorial...and the retiring bishop of the nc methodist church. The other truth is that they all live quite well talking the talk and never walking the walk. If there is redemption for them, it will only be after centuries in the circles of hell descibed by Dante.

Let it be so.

Stan Bozarth

The Grahams are agents of Satan

Masquerading as evangelists with the power to "lead people to god" the Grahams are Satanic capitalists raking in over $105 million every year. They can fool some of the people all of the time, but they cannot fool all of the people any time. They are irrelevant, except for the fact that their radical hatred and bigotry still exists within America's growing number of dangerous religious organizations.