UPDATE: On Wednesday, June 13, the House Appropriations Committee held a debate on the House Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill, which includes a provision (Section 112) that would make it nearly impossible for the IRS to hold churches and religious organizations accountable to the Johnson Amendment. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) proposed an amendment to delete the harmful Section 112 from the bill, but was defeated 21-28 along party lines.
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The Johnson Amendment prohibits 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations, including houses of worship, from endorse or opposing candidates and will turn churches into super PACS through which dark money can flow through with no paper trail, all on the America taxpaters' dime.
Members of Congress, with the support of the religious right and President Trump tried (and failed) to repeal the Johnson Amendment in 2017. Now with the pivotal midterm elections quickly approaching, the religious right is determined to destroy the Johnson Amendment so they can maintain their grip on power. Their hope is that this provision will go unnoticed or uncontested in the rush to get this important legislation passed. There’s just one thing they didn't count on – you!
We need you to contact your Members of Congress and urge them to oppose any appropriations bill that weakens the Johnson Amendment. Houses of worship already enjoy the privilege of tax-exempt and, unlike all other nonprofits, are uniquely exempt from financial transparency laws. If they are allowed to engage in partisan politics, it will jeopardize the integrity of our elections and strike a devastating blow to our secular government.
*The Johnson Amendment prohibits all nonprofits, including houses of worship, from meddling in partisan politics while receiving taxpayer subsidized benefits as a nonprofit. Since houses of worship are the only nonprofits that aren’t required to submit detailed financial disclosures to the IRS, repealing or weakening the Johnson Amendment would effectively turn churches into Super PACS. We cannot let this happen.