Former governor and senator George Allen (R) is amending his campaign disclosure forms filed with the Federal Elections Commission to indicate that Richmond minister Joseph Ellison has been added to the payroll of his U.S. Senate campaign for clergy outreach.
The vice president of pastoral relations and church ministries for the Virginia Pastors Coalition has made some controversial statements, including agreeing with televangelist Pat Robertson’s comments in which he attributed the Haitian earthquake to a pact with the devil. “We believe in the bible that those practices of voodoo and sin will cause a nation to suffer. Those who read the bible and study history know that what Dr. Robertson said was a biblical truth,’’ Ellison said in a video introducing Del. Bob Marshall (Prince Williams), who is now running against Allen for the GOP nomination.
The information on Ellison was provided by American Bridge 21st Century, a liberal-leaning group that formed last year to combat conservative outside organizations in elections.
“Twenty five thousand dollars is a huge chunk of campaign cash, and George Allen needs to explain exactly what that money paid for,’’ said Matt Thornton, spokesman for American Bridge 21st Century. “But with his long history of not answering even the most basic questions like who his consulting clients are, Virginians shouldn’t hold their breath waiting.”
Published: Feb 16, 2012