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Franklin's purse

Charity | Controversy spurs Graham to give up one of two salaries
by Warren Cole Smith & Rusty Leonard
Posted 10/23/09, 04:18 am

Franklin Graham has long had a reputation for being larger than life and going his own way. His 1997 memoir, Rebel With a Cause, chronicled his prodigal period and his return to God. Eventually, he made it to the top spots at both the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) and Samaritan's Purse (SP), a Christian relief organization ministering to the needy around the world.

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Graham in North Korea (AP/Photo by Kyodo News)

Controversial compensation

Charity | Franklin Graham's pay package is unlikely to lead to suspension from a financial accountability group
by Rusty Leonard
Posted 10/13/09, 07:09 pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C.-After the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's hometown newspaper, The Charlotte Observer, on Friday devoted more than 3,000 words to the controversy over the compensation packages of Franklin Graham, the younger Graham announced he will give up his salary with the association (BGEA). As son of evangelist Billy Graham, Franklin Graham heads both the relief organization Samaritan's Purse, which is based in Boone, N.C., and BGEA, where he became CEO in 2000 and president in 2001.

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Religious nuts

Charity | ACORN over the years has received strong support from mainline churches
by Warren Cole Smith
Posted 10/09/09, 04:38 am

A tiny ACORN has grown into a huge mess.

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) has received more than $54 million in federal funding since 1994. But that federal funding is likely to end following scandal, allegations of illegal activity-and an overwhelming Sept. 17 vote by both houses of Congress to defund the group: 345-75 in the House and 85-11 in the Senate.

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