Mainline ‘quietly effective’

The churches' political work behind the scenes

Last fall, mainline denomination lobbyists scored big in the game of Washington politics when Congress passed legislation to provide $435 million in debt relief for developing countries—part of the international Jubilee campaign endorsed by the pope, evangelical celebrities and rock stars, plus lawmakers right and left. Working with fellow mainline lobbyists, Tom Hart, director of the Episcopal Church’s Washington office, at a key point put together a news conference featuring such diverse people as Pat Robertson, fiery Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters of California and equally outspoken Republican Senator Jesse Helms, plus Bono, the lead singer of the Grammy-winning band U2, among others.


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