Between Oct. 17 and Nov. 2, a video featuring Vice President Harris will play during the morning services for over 300 black churches across Virginia. In the video, Harris encourages viewers to vote for gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe in the upcoming election, as reported by CNN .
"I believe that my friend Terry McAuliffe is the leader Virginia needs at this moment," Harris says in the video. "Terry McAuliffe has a long track record of getting things done for the people of Virginia."
The video is only the first part of McAuliffe's religiously minded "Souls to the Polls " media blitz. The "Souls to the Polls" events will be hosted weekly and are intended to encourage residents to vote on Sundays, with the first event held on Oct. 17, according to 10 Wavy .
The announcement generated controversy on social media, with many questioning if playing the video at church violates laws against political partisanship by religious institutions.
Twitter users who were critical of McAuliffe pointed to the prohibitions the IRS has set for churches and pressed the question whether McAuliffe and Harris were risking the income tax exemption that any or all of the churches enjoyed. Since 1954, Congress has prohibited all 501(c)(3) organizations, including churches, from participating in political campaigns in order to maintain their exemption from income tax.
A recent Trafalgar Group survey of 1,095 likely election voters showed Youngkin with 48.4% of the vote to McAuliffe's 47.5%, putting Youngkin in the lead for the first time.
The IRS did not immediately respond to the request for comment.
In other Harris related news, the Democratic-controlled House recently passed, and the Senate has just introduced a bill that could rank among the most anti-woman and certainly anti-child legislation in U.S. history. The last time this law was introduced, it was co-sponsored by then-Sen. Kamala Harris.
Despite the benign title, the Women’s Health Protection Act will do the opposite of what its name implies. If passed, this law will result in fewer health protections for women, worse health outcomes, and, most revoltingly of all, a drastic increase in innocent children killed by the violence of abortion.
The act is an extreme attempt to expand abortion in the United States. It could overturn every pro-life law on the books anywhere in the country, and abortion would be legalized and even publicly funded without any limits whatsoever.