WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Missouri Catholic Conference is the target of an I.R.S. complaint over letters the group sent to state legislators.
Washington lawyer Marcus Owens says the mailing urged lawmakers to reject campaign contributions from a pro-stem cell group, Supporters of Health Research and Treatments.
Owens urged the I.R.S. to launch a tax-status inquiry into the Catholic Conference, accusing the group of using church resources to threaten candidates.
Conference executive director Larry Weber says the letter did not include any threatening comments.
Owens said the letter is a "crude effort" to convince lawmakers to return donations to the Kirkwood-based group. His complaint says the conference implied that lawmakers who did not return $300 donations would be identified in Catholic newspapers.
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