WASHINGTON – Six members of Congress live in a $1.1 million Capitol Hill town house that is subsidized by a secretive religious organization, tax records show.
The lawmakers, all Christians, pay low rent to live in the stately red brick, three-story house on C Street, two blocks from the Capitol. It is maintained by a group alternately known as the “Fellowship” and the “Foundation” and brings together world leaders and elected officials through religion.
The Fellowship hosts receptions, luncheons and prayer meetings on the first two floors of the house, which is registered with the Internal Revenue Service (news – web sites) as a church.
The six lawmakers Reps. Zach Wamp, R-Tenn.; Bart Stupak, D-Mich.; Jim DeMint, R-S.C.; Mike Doyle, D-Pa.; and Sens. John Ensign, R-Nev. and Sam Brownback, R-Kan. live in private rooms upstairs.
Rent is $600 a month, DeMint said.
“Our goal is singular and that is to hope that we can assist them in better understandings of the teachings of Christ, and applying it to their jobs,” said Richard Carver, a member of the Fellowship’s board of directors who served as an assistant secretary of the Air Force during the Reagan administration.
The house, valued at $1.1 million, is owned by the C Street Center, a sister organization of the Fellowship. It received more than $145,000 in Fellowship grants between 1997 and 2000, according to IRS records including $96,400 in 1998 for reducing debt.
Its tenants dine together once a week to discuss religion in their daily lives.