Action Alert! Keep churches from becoming Super PACS

Update: July 13, 2017
During the House Appropriations Committee markup of the Fiscal Year 2018 Financial Services and Government Operations bill, the Committee voted 28-24 to override an amendment introduced by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) that would have stricken section 116 from the bill. Section 116 is a provision snuck in to gut enforcement of the Johnson Amendment specifically for churches (all other nonprofits would still be subject to IRS rules regarding engaging in partisan politics).

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. It would effectively turn the puplit into a political arm of the Religious Right, with no oversight whatsoever. 

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.

Passage of this bill and a full repeal of the Johnson Amendment is the Religious Right's #1 priority. That's we need you to act today.

We need YOU to help to block this legislation. Take action and urge your members of Congress now to vote NO when the FY 2018 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill comes to the floor of the House. You can help safeguard this important law that helps protect the separation of church and state, and together we can hand a defeat to the Religious Right!

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Hi, my name is (your name) and I am a secular constituent. I am calling to urge Representative (your member of Congress) to protect the Johnson Amendment by opposing any version of the FY18 Appropriations bill that includes, section 116, which would effectively turn churches into political actors by effectively making it impossible to enforce the Johnson amendment specifically for churches.

The Johnson Amendment's ban on church politicking is crucial for holding churches accountable to the responsibility that comes with the privilege of nonprofit status. These organizations are granted a tax-exempt status promote the public welfare, not partisan politics.

I urge Representative (your member of Congress) to protect the separation of church and state and nonprofit nonpartisanship by voting against any attempt to weaken the Johnson Amendment.