The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Religious advocacy triples

Religious advocacy groups in the nation's capital have more than tripled since the 1970s, with conservative organizations seeing the biggest growth.

Faith-based lobbying and advocacy groups spend $390 million a year to influence lawmakers, mobilize supporters and shape public opinion, according to a November report ("Lobbying for the Faithful: Religious Advocacy Groups in Washington, D.C.") by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

"Religious advocacy is now a permanent and sizable feature of the Washington scene," said Allen Hertzke, author of the report that reflects shifting fortunes in religion and politics: the rise of the religious right 35 years ago and the decline of mainline Protestant churches.


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