Action Alert! Tell the Senate to keep churches from becoming Super PACS

UPDATE: 9/14/17
The Financial Services and General Government bill (FSGG), which contains language that would significantly undermine the Johnson Amendment, was combined with seven appropriations bills to create a "megabus package." This megabus bill passed in the House of Representatives this afternoon by a 211-198 vote.

Help us raise the alarm by alerting your Senators about this rider and urging them to resist any efforts to insert language in the Senate version of the FSGG bill that would weaken the Johnson Amendment.  

The Johnson amendment prohibits nonprofits, including churches, from endorsing political candidates. Churches are the only nonprofits not required to file a Form 990, which discloses information about a nonprofit’s expenditures and sources of revenue. 

Because churches are exempt from these crucial transparency requirements, the repeal of the Johnson Amendment would effectively allow churches to function like Super PACs and unleash a new wave of religious ‘dark money’ into the political system and turn the puplit into a political arm of the Religious Right with no oversight whatsoever. 


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Hi, my name is (your name) and I am a secular constituent. I am calling to urge the Senator to block any attempt to weaken or repeal the Johnson Amendment in a Senate appropriations bill.

The Johnson Amendment prohibits all 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, including churches, from engaging in partisan political campaigns, including endorsing or opposing political candidates.

The House of Representatives just passed a “megabus” appropriations package, which included language that significantly weakens the Johnson Amendment.

I urge the Senator to protect the separation of church and state and nonprofit nonpartisanship by keeping this language out of the Senate appropriations bill.