One of the big electoral developments of the last four years has been the Republican Party's strengthening alliance with white churches; a careful, "you-scratch-my-back" campaign even more sophisticated than what Democrats have long enjoyed in black churches. They're starting to get investigated for it.
The complaint by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a nonpartisan legal watchdog organization, cited a memorandum from the attorney general, Phill Kline, a Republican, directing members of his campaign staff to recruit churches to distribute campaign literature and serve as the sites for events.
In his memorandum, Mr. Kline identified two Topeka churches, the Light of the World Christian Center and the Wanamaker Woods Church of the Nazarene, which he said had participated in "lit drops" by handing out campaign literature. A woman who answered the telephone at Wanamaker Woods Church said the church had no comment.
Kline is the fundamentalist known warmly in the blogosphere as "the panty sniffer" for his obsession with childrens' sex lives.
In other coordinated campaigning news, one of the radio hosts courted by the White House last week dishes a little to the Des Moines Register.