Silicon Valley Backs Conservative Christian Voter Drive
The Los Angeles Times reports that a group of Silicon Valley venture capitalists are supporting United in Purpose, a conservative Christian organization partnering with Champion the Vote to register 5 million new evangelical voters by 2012.
“Our goal is to raise up a body of believers and that they elect a lot of godly leaders [sic],” Bill Dallas, United in Purpose’s chief director, told the Times.
Although Dallas claims that United in Purpose doesn’t endorse a specific candidate or party, its agenda suggests that tea party Republicans are likely to gain a boost from the organization’s efforts. The United in Purpose website states that their core mission is to “change American culture … [using] the Bible as our standard of truth.”
If their partnership with Champion the Vote is any indication of their stance on issues, these “cultural changes” translate to the elimination of abortion access, the denial of civil rights for LGBT people and other faith-based laws eroding the separation of church and state.
The majority of United in Purpose’s Silicon Valley backers are currently anonymous. Two known supporters include solar-energy developer Reid Rutherford, who sits on the United in Purpose board, and entrepreneur Ken Eldred.
Eldred, a major Republican donor who is also raising money for Rick Perry’s campaign, spoke to the Times about how his Christian faith influences his politics.
“I personally believe that someday we’re going to stand before God, and he’s going to pull out a ballot and say, ‘How did you vote in this election?’” Eldred said. “And there are going to be people who say, ‘Why do you care about that, God?’ And he’s going to say, ‘Because I created that country and I put you in charge.’”
According to the Times, United in Purpose is using a complex data-mining technique to build a database of born-again and evangelical Christians, as well as conservative Catholics. Their profiles are built by cross-referencing anti-abortion mailing lists, subscriptions to Christian periodicals and even NASCAR fan club memberships.
In addition to the 5 million new voters they hope to bring to the polls in 2012, United in Purpose aims to mobilize 40 million conservative Christian voters over the next decade.
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