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Render unto Caesar ...

In middle on an AP article, Online Shopping Lures Christian Coalition (about the Coalition's proposed sale of coupons to use in shopping) is this advice:

Ken Gross, an attorney specializing in tax-exempt groups, said a nonprofit must be careful when looking to business to raise money to avoid putting at risk its tax-exempt status. If it's active in federal elections, it also might run afoul of a ban on the use of corporate money for partisan political activity, he said.

"Most of these organizations have different buckets. They have charitable buckets and advocacy buckets and political buckets" for the money they raise, Gross said. "They often allocate funds in a way that makes it permissible."

The Christian Coalition is registered with the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt social welfare organization. It uses its money for a variety of activities, including widely distributed election-year voter guides describing how members of Congress voted on issues the group has taken positions on.

Combs' SharingCertificates e-mail says the typical family using the program commits to $200 to $300 in purchases each month. They can use the certificates at various mall-type stores, such as Banana Republic, Bath & Body Works and KB Toys, at hotels and restaurants and for services such as Merry Maids and the home services company Rescue Rooter.

The coalition has long been a powerful player in Republican politics. It spent at least $1 million lobbying this year on several issues, including pushing for bans on late-term abortion and human cloning, seeking a crackdown on child pornography and promoting education measures such as legislation on home schooling.