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Politics: Bonds formed at The Fellowship’s notable C Street residence could play a factor in upcoming Kansas Senate race | Emily Belz

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., who attends Bible studies at the C Street house, also endorsed Moran and has helped with fundraisers for Moran along with DeMint and Coburn. Another C Street resident, Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., helped with fund raisers for both Moran and Tiahrt earlier this year, before his own affair came to light.

Aides, Lobbyists and Contributors Among Those Left in Wake of Sen. John Ensign’s Alleged Ethics Scandal

Published by Lindsay Renick Mayer & Michael Beckel on October 8, 2009 7:02 PM

Here are the top 20 current lawmakers to get a little help from Ensign since 1994 (including contributions from his campaign committee or leadership PACs to theirs):
John Thune $16,000

The C Street spiritual advisor likes them bikini girls (H/T – Helga)

My home state of South Carolina has been providing some much-needed comic relief, in the form its jet-set philandering governor, Mark Sanford. This is the man Sanford calls his guide and “spiritual giant.” Warren “Cubby” Culbertson leads a bi-weekly religious meeting Sanford has attended called the Round Table. This is a photo Culbertson posted of himself on his blog. Note the calendar at the left side of the shot. Thanks to South Carolinian Roger Mortimer, who sent me this shot.

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More on the ‘C’ Street Mafia from Helga

The current Gov. of SC is still grist for the mill.  Now the story is that Maria of Argentina fame is in SC and he is off on a weekend with her while he does his weekend warrior duty.  I don’t know who fitsnews.com is but all of his other news stories are today’s news.  And then when one goes to the State newspaper, all the commenters are talking about the Gov and Maria.
And one last funny thing, the Christian Broadcasting Network is defending C Street House.  They have saved marriages we probably don’t know about.
Helga
Christian News Show Poses The Real Question On C St.: How Many Affairs Has It Thwarted?

Here’s some summer Friday fun.

The right-wing Christian Broadcasting Network does damage control for C Street, explaining that the real question isn’t, how many affairs were covered up, but rather, “how many affairs were thwarted.”

Where’s Maria?
“It’s three o’clock in the morning … do you know where your governor’s lover is?”

Obviously, that’s not how that expression goes, but Maria Belen Chapur – the Argentine beauty who made international headlines earlier this summer when S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford admitted to having an affair with her – could be closer than you think.

Much closer.

In fact, sources tell FITS that Chapur has been in South Carolina for “several days” now, first staying at a guest house on the governor’s Coosaw Plantation in Beaufort County and most recently staying at “a friend (of the governor)’s house in Columbia.”

That progression would certainly fit with what we know of the governor’s schedule over the past few days. Sanford spent last weekend on his plantation in Beaufort County before returning to Columbia on Monday evening for meetings with constituents.

On Wednesday, Sanford denied a report published here on FITS that he was “contemplating” moving Chapur into the Governor’s Mansion, which was vacated last Friday by S.C. First Lady Jenny Sanford and the couple’s four boys.

While issuing his denial, however, Sanford refused to give a straight answer as to whether or not he had been communicating with Chapur.

Could this be why?

According to his public schedule, Sanford leaves today for a weekend of Air Force Reserve duty in Panama City, Florida.

Best part: In a moment which gets at the, um, tensions inherent in a religious-based journalism enterprise, anchor Gordon Robertson applauds C Street for its secrecy, which, he says, allows it to minister more effectively to its members. Says Roberston: “God bless em!”

So will the SD MSM wakeup and cover this story over the recess? Don’t hold your breath.

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Ironic Johnny our teflon senator

As many in the National media have been covering the ‘C’ Street Mafia, including Rachel Maddow’s extensive coverage over the past couple of weeks, it seems the SD Media is asleep at the wheel. It is widely known that John Thune is either a member or a past member of the group, but no one in this state’s media seem to be concerned about it. Why? Good question. A couple of weeks ago I emailed KELO, KSFY and the Gargoyle Leader about the story and did speak with a Gargoyle journalist about it. Still no story. I guess the lingering question is pretty simple;

Senator Thune, do you still belong to the group, and if so, is it’s Christian Theocratic mission anti-democratic?

I don’t know what bothers me more, that Thune belongs to this group, or that the SD MSM is ignoring his association. Please, someone, anyone, ask the questions.

Where is the ‘C’ Street Mafia getting all their dough for religious crusades? Maybe someone from the SD MSM should ask John Thune . . . oh, that’s right, they don’t ask John hard questions

From my email box (H/T – Helga);

Another new column by Jeff Sharlet.  It is a long article and I only copied a few paragraphs, but they are all really interesting. He does have some names of people who went on paid junkets of the C Street house. They spent $95k I read to send congressmen on trips.  I would like to know if Thune went on any. I found some other stories last week that mentioned the budget of the group is $19 million a year.

Why was Thune involved with them for so long and is he still?

I bet Jeff Sharlet will be on Rachel Maddow’s show tonight.

The C Street House, a former convent on Capitol Hill, complete with stained glass, used to be known as the “Prayer House,” a place for congressmen to practice piety behind closed doors under the protection of a secretive religious group known to outsiders as the Fellowship and spoken of by members as “the Family.” But, although the $1.8 million red-brick townhouse is registered as a church (and thus tax-exempt), it has won a new reputation this summer in the wake of sex scandals centered around Family members John Ensign, Mark Sanford, and former representative Chip Pickering as something just shy of a brothel.

Such obvious religion-and-sex hypocrisy, however, obscures the fact that C Street House is a whole lot more than a love shack. I’ve chronicled the Family over the past seven years, but it’s only in the past few weeks that I’ve seen how it acts like a lobby, even as it does not register as one. It reaches out to congressmen, providing below-market housing at the C Street House for half a dozen at a time and hosting many more for prayer and policy sessions. It also funds their travel around the world, makes matches with businessmen backers (a few women are involved, but this is a boy’s club; serious prayer is gender-segregated), loans them money when they’re down, and introduces them to foreign leaders when they’re ready to rise from provincial politics and into the stratosphere of foreign affairs.

The list of Family-affiliated politicians here at home is less surprising: Republican senators Tom Coburn and James Inhofe of Oklahoma, Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, John Thune of South Dakota, and Sam Brownback of Kansas, as well as his likely replacement, Rep. Todd Tiahrt (I once heard Tihart at the C Street House talk about ways “for the Christian to win the race with the Muslim.” The problem, he said, was that Muslims were having too many babies, while “Americans”—a category that, in  Tiahrt’s thinking, apparently does not include any Muslims—are aborting too many of their own).One need not necessarily be Republican—the Family claims the support of a number of conservative “faith-based Democrats,” such as Senator Bill Nelson of Florida and Representative Mike McIntyre of North Carolina. The Family even maintained relations with the Democrat most despised by many Republicans: Hillary Clinton, who once described leader Doug Coe as a “genuinely loving spiritual mentor and guide.” (When NBC Nightly News broadcast videotape I supplied of Coe comparing his Fellowship to that of “Hitler, Goebbels, and Himmler,” Clinton immediately distanced herself from the group, declaring that she’d never given it any money.)

The Family’s political focus is, unsurprisingly, in the most authoritative of arenas: foreign policy. A recent review of travel records, undertaken with Chris Rodda of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, reveals that Family members Ensign and Coburn, along with representatives John R. Carter (R-TX), Pete Hoekstra (R-MI), Robert Aderholt (R-AL), Joseph Pitts (R-PA), Frank Wolf (R-VA), and Mike Doyle, a Pennsylvania Democrat who lives in the C Street House, traveled extensively overseas on the dime of the International Foundation, one of the network of nonprofits created by the Family that ostensibly represents U.S. policy interests.” Destinations included Serbia, Croatia, Kosovo, Albania, Bulgaria, Belarus, Italy, Israel, Sudan, Montenegro, and Macedonia, whose prime minister spoke openly this spring of using the Prayer Breakfast to lobby American politicians, including Clinton.