The Federal Election Commission last week filed suit to stop the 1.7 million-member Christian Coalition from working hand in glove with the Republican Party to promote its candidates. Publicly, officials of the coalition, which raises $25 million a year, deny the allegations. Privately, however, the coalition is considering elemental changes to its structure. During negotiations to settle the suit, the coalition offered to form a political-action committee. It may go even further and, if pushed, convert itself into a more political organization, a move its leaders claim would actually strengthen the group. But outsiders have a hard time believing the coalition...

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