Pennies from Heaven

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This story by Politico’s Kenneth Vogel on clergy political contributions testifies to the new faith-based appeal of Democratic candidates. The raw numbers don’t mean much; clergy don’t have much to give. What’s most significant is that whereas four years ago religious professionals were giving the GOP 59 percent of their campaign contributions, they’re now giving 56 percent to the Dems. Obama’s the big winner with Clinton not too far behind. One caveat (of which Vogel seems unaware) is that the LDS Church has no clergy as such. All Temple-going adult male Mormons are considered priests, however, and if their contributions to Mitt Romney were counted, the numbers would look very different.