Conservative conference highlights murky tax laws

By By STEVE PEOPLES

WASHINGTON (AP) — Organizers insist the Faith and Freedom Coalition's recent conference was not focused on politics.

But last week's gathering of religious conservatives offers an example of the murky rules and lax enforcement surrounding the expanding network of nonprofit groups working to influence politics even as Congress probes the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups.

The political overtones of the conference were striking.

It was called the "Road to Majority" conference, a reference to winning control of Congress. Some of the biggest names in the Republican Party offered plans to strengthen the GOP. Breakout sessions included tips on harnessing technology to win elections.

Organizers say they're not violating laws barring groups like theirs, classified as "social welfare" organizations under the tax code, from direct or indirect political campaign activities.

©2014 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.