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Mormon leader calls his family's donations to Biden, Democrats an 'oversight'

A top leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said that political donations made by his family to Democratic political candidates, including President BidenJoe BidenPutin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting How the infrastructure bill can help close the digital divide Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president MORE, were an “oversight,” as they go against his church’s policy on political neutrality.

“I regret such an oversight on my part,” Dieter Uchtdorf, 80, said in a Friday statement obtained by ABC News. "I fully support the church’s policy related to political donations from church leaders.”

ABC News, citing information from the Federal Elections Commission, reports that Uchtdorf’s family account contributed $1,250 to Biden’s 2020 campaign. Another $600 was donated to the Jan. 5 runoff campaigns of Democratic Georgia Sens. Jon OssoffJon OssoffStacey Abrams calls on young voters of color to support election reform bill MLB calls lawsuit over All-Star Game 'political theatrics' Georgia agriculture commissioner launches Senate campaign against Warnock MORE and Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockWhy the Democrats need Joe Manchin Bipartisan senators introduce bill to protect small businesses from cyberattacks MLB calls lawsuit over All-Star Game 'political theatrics' MORE.

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Uchtdorf is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, a governing group that helps set up church policies and oversees its business interests.

The church implemented its political neutrality rule in 2011 when GOP Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt Romney Eugene Goodman to throw out first pitch at Nationals game White House briefed on bipartisan infrastructure deal but says questions remain On The Money: Consumer prices jumped 5 percent annually in May | GOP senators say bipartisan group has infrastructure deal MORE (Utah), a member of the church, was running for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, ABC News notes.

The network added that the donations not only violate the church's policies, but also come as a bit of a surprise as Latter-day Saints tend to learn more conservatively on the political spectrum.

Former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump DOJ demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says Putin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president MORE, however, reportedly never gained widespread popularity among members of the church due to conduct that went against the church's teachings on manners and public diplomacy.

--Updated at 2:02 p.m.