You wouldn’t think Bette Midler and the
Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church on Circular Street would ever
make it into the same conversation with former Arizona Congresswoman Gabriele
Giffords, but last week that’s just what happened.
Earlier this summer, the Bette Midler Family Foundation had its
$10,000 check returned and the Spa City church got its $250 check back.
“It was a surprise,” said Julie Campbell, office manager for
the PNECC, saying there wasn’t a lot of explanation about why the church’s
contribution was rejected.
The CPI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news agency
based in Washington, D.C.
They reported last week that Midler’s family foundation, the
church and another family organization all had their money returned because
501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are not permitted to contribute money to
political action committees.
“These are not illegal contributions for us to take, but it’s
our understanding that the donations are not appropriate for the donors to
make,” Americans for Responsible Solutions Communication Director Katie Hill
told the CPI via email. “Thus, we are processing refunds, which will be
disclosed on our next report.”
Campbell said the church was not aware of restrictions in
donating to PACs when their Social Concerns Committee decided to make the
She said the PNECC would be sending their $250 elsewhere.
“There is always good use for it,” she said.
CPI reported that Midler (also known as The Divine Miss M, according to that most reputable source Wikipedia) opted to cut a $10,000 personal check
to Americans for Responsible Solutions, thereby alleviating the problem.
Labels: Americans for Reasonable Solutions, Bette Midler, Gabby Giffords, PAC, Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church