When Gordon Tanner, another FBLS student, realizes he will never earn enough as a lawyer to pay off his debts, he kills himself.
In addition to FBLS, Rackley owns Swift Bank, which is the defendant in a class action lawsuit that accuses it of charging customers for products they did not request.
Understanding FBLs is important to understanding this policy's implementation and the political institutions that it affects.
Acting as the main conduit between churches and state agencies, FBLs make creative use of their limited resources to inform FBOs about opportunities and encourage them to become involved in the government's social services activities.
The data I collected from these personal visits illustrated that for the vast majority of FBLs, being a liaison was not just another administrative aspect of their job.
In 15 of the 34 states with FBLs, the liaison was a leader in the black religious community, nine were pastors of various denominations.
The FBLs are clearly inspired to do what they can to bring new groups into the fold and create excitement about the faith-based initiative.
Few resources were offered to the liaisons, and little in the way of guidance on how to carry out the task they had been given; most states merely created the position and then left the FBLs to define and carry out their task.
Second, nearly, half of the states that created faith-based liaison (FBL) positions had appointed African-Americans to the positions.
(42) The data included the date of appointment, how each FBL was appointed (law or executive order), and an official description of the position for each state.
The interviews consisted of open-ended questions regarding such subjects as participants' reasons for becoming an FBL, their relationship with the religious community, their personal religious background, and various aspects of their duties were especially, important in gaining data on state liaisons on social movements and public policy.