A recent Associated Press piece examined 16 presidential candidates and those donating to their campaigns. The article listed information such as each politician’s total receipts to date, total spending, etc. The AP also listed individual donors who are “of note.”

Of the 16, only Sam Brownback (arguably the most “Catholic” of the candidates) was reported as having received any donations from clergy of any religious denomination. According to the report, “Among the conservative Brownback’s second-quarter contributors were…five Catholic priests from five different states.” Are we to conclude that there is no record of any priests, ministers, rabbis or imams making contributions to any of the others running or president? Or are donations from religious leaders only noteworthy when they’re made by Catholics to a Catholic candidate?

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