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Opponent Says Jackson is ‘Secretly Campaigning' Through Pastors

Second Congressional Candidate Marcus Lewis says leaked audio of a Matteson pastor’s sermon is evidence that the current congressman is campaigning through religious figures, and that this particular church’s tax-exempt status should be in question.

This article was updated at 11:55 a.m. on Oct. 31, 2012 to include information about the 501(c)(3) tax exemption.

Controversy erupted on the Patch comment boards Tuesday when we released an audio recording of Matteson Rev. Andrew Singleton Jr. vocalizing his support for the re-election of U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

The recording now has independent opponent Marcus Lewis contending that the pastor’s speech may be in a violation of the law and that Jackson is using religious authorities as a sneaky campaign trick.

"He's campaigning across the pulpit," Lewis said. "His church can and should lose its tax-exempt status because of that."

despite his near-complete absence from the political arena since heath issues landed him in the Mayo Clinic for much of the past several months.

READ ABOUT JACKSON’S BIPOLAR DISORDER DIAGNOSIS

"Jesse is secretly campaigning using pastors," Lewis added. "He's doing it through them because they have a captive audience."

Lewis claims that in speaking about the congressman, the church is in violation of a tax exemption, which may be revoked if a church endorses or campaigns on the behalf of a specific candidate. Churches also lose tax-exempt status if they attack a candidate's opponent. Churches are, however, allowed to speak out about political, social or moral issues.

Republican opponent Brian Woodworth could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday night.

Do you think Jackson is secretly using pastors to campaign? Should the church’s tax-exempt status be revoked? Tell us in the comments.

AUSPICIOUS ! November 07, 2012 at 12:39 AM
James Joe lake from chicago is one of marcus lewis alias in his joe lake response he is saying what he really want to say, but doesnt post it under his name marcus lewis so when you say Joe lake is passing garbage, its really marcus lewis passing garbage the Bobby Rush articles a few days ago here on patch, you should read Marcus response and of course his alias Joe Lake was there too in my opinion, Marcus Lewis need to have a mental evaluation based on his communication as himself and thru his alias Joe Lake. Now if Jackson was guilty of something he would be in jail, sure they may be investigating him, but have you noticed it really hasnt been that prominent in the news? other than garbage news like huffing post and of course Marcus Lewis AKA Joe Lake from chicago seems to know more than channel 7 news is reporting SICKO
AUSPICIOUS ! November 07, 2012 at 12:41 AM
marcus works at the post office, what is he gonna pay you with? Joe lake we all know this is your Alias Marcus Lewis Deliver my mail on time tomorrow marcus, AKA Joe lake AKA crazy man (MEN) you are a sick man
AUSPICIOUS ! November 07, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Macus AKA joe lake AKA Tood, you and all your alias lost , voting is over in fifteen minutes, so you and all your persona;ities go to your open bar in Matteson at your litttle bar louie or whatever hotel and do what you do best... you have NO class
Marcus Lewis November 10, 2012 at 06:35 AM
I was right. I told the truth. http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/11/09/former-u-s-prosecutor-negotiating-plea-deal-for-jackson-jr/
Marcus Lewis May 27, 2013 at 11:55 PM
AUSPICIOUS, You backed Jackson Jr. and now he is going to jail for being a thief and admitted felon. You are a blind, traitorist "NUCKLEHEAD"!

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