Obama and Romney Offer Few Words on Nonprofits but Contrasting Views

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Barack Obama has championed a role for government in aiding charities and volunteerism.

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David Maxwell/EPA/Newscom

Barack Obama has championed a role for government in aiding charities and volunteerism.

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, who moved their presidential drives into high gear this month, have so far said little on the campaign trail about the nonprofit world.

They have devoted many words to jobs, the middle class, and business but virtually none to any specific plans to alleviate poverty.

Yet their economic plans offer two sharply different philosophies about how much the government should do to solve social problems—and that could affect charities working in