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Evangelicals for Mitt Refute Time Magazine Article

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By Amanda Winkler, Christian Post Reporter
December 12, 2011|6:59 pm

An evangelical couple is hitting back at a recent Time magazine story, refuting claims that their group – Evangelicals for Mitt – is connected to the Romney campaign.

“It’s simply not true,” Nancy French told The Christian Post, as she spoke of Time’s attempt to frame her and her husband’s organization as something less than transparent.

Nancy and David French agreed to do an interview with Time regarding their pro-Romney organization. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a Mormon, has received lackluster support from the GOP evangelical base during the Republican primaries.

In the Time blog titled “Swampland,” Mark Benjamin insinuated in his piece on Monday that the Frenches have undisclosed financial ties to the Romney campaign.

The Times piece reads:

Though David and Nancy French deny it, campaign finance experts say the couple’s group looks like a thinly disguised extension of the Romney campaign. “They appear to be able to spend lots of money, but won’t say where it comes from,” says Fred Wertheimer, founder and President of Democracy 21. “It is circumstantial evidence, but it suggests this is a shell group for a Romney operation.”

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According to Nancy French, this makes the organization sound much more nefarious than it actually is.

Nancy told CP that Evangelicals for Mitt was started as a grassroots organization by a group of friends who supported the Massachusetts governor. She said the organization is in no way connected to his campaign.

Her husband, David, refuted much of the Time’s claims in an article posted on his personal blog titled “The French Revolution.”

David writes, “[The Time article] sounds scary. I love all the loaded phrases.”

He continues by saying that Evangelicals for Mitt has been transparent in their links. Indeed, as it turns out, they have written in the Daily Caller, on their own website, and on Salon about their personal connections with the Romneys. They deny any “shady” money being exchanged between the Romney camp and their organization.

“We give the maximum donations to the campaign, but that’s it,” writes David.

“In other words, we support a candidate for president, we put our money where our mouth is, we work hard, and we comply with the law. Last time I checked, that was called ‘citizenship.’”

 

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