CHICAGO – Religious people will be voting en masse in 2016 – and they'll be making a difference in the winners and losers, Chicago social conservative Paul Caprio, head of Family PAC, NewsMax reported Thursday.
Caprio says he's about to unveil a program that will reach 180,000 Christian churches nationwide to get six million more Christian voters to the polls in 2016 than in 2012. The project will be called the "Religious Freedom Project."
The major difference between now and four years ago, Caprio believes, are issues that affect Christians.
According to Caprio, “there are four key issues that are now, in a bigger way than before, motivating Christians to vote: religious freedom, and a growing belief government is its prime enemy; Islamic terrorism, and we certainly see its ugly side in the videos of beheadings; the attack upon traditional marriage; and the pro-life cause."
In emphasizing that the goal of registering new voters was under the aegis of a “501c3 foundation that is fully tax deductible,” Caprio discussed the condition of the Republican Party wearing his hat as director of Family PAC Federal and Family PAC Illinois (which assist in the elections of conservative candidates).
“Just over 50 percent of Christian voters turned out for the 2012 and 2008 presidential elections and that was a problem for the Republican candidates in those years,” he said. “There was quite a lot of down-voting [skipping the presidential race on the ballot but voting for candidates for lower office] because of Mitt Romney’s support of Romneycare, de-emphasis on the social issues, and, in some cases, his [Mormon] faith."
More about Caprio's anticipated project for 2016 HERE.
During the first six months of 2015, Caprio's Federal PAC raised $19,000, $5000 of which came from U-Line's Dick Uihlein, who just donated $2.5 million to Chicago talk show host Dan Proft's super PAC.
Among those to whom Caprio wrote $2500 checks before June 2015 for consulting efforts were Fox News' contributor Sandy Rios and Illinois' Republican Party National Committeewoman Demetra DeMonte.