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The "Johnson Amendment" Survives Another Assault

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Mar 22, 2018

After numerous attempts to repeal the “Johnson Amendment,” a provision of the tax code that bars churches and charities from engaging in political campaigns, Congress’ recent spending bill ensures that it will survive at least through September 2018. Under the provision, nonprofits can lose their tax-exempt status if they engage in activity “on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.”

President Trump, as well as numerous religious leaders and politicians, has called for the provision to be repealed. However, according to NPR, “the repeal effort…[runs] into stiff opposition from nonprofit organizations and many church groups who [say] that without the amendment they would face pressure from politicians seeking endorsements.”

The National Council of Nonprofits, which includes more than 100 religious groups, is celebrating the protection of the amendment. "Those who depend on houses of worship and community nonprofits can breathe a sigh of relief," said Amanda Tyler, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, speaking to NPR. "Concerted efforts to weaken the long-standing law that keeps [them] free from partisan campaigning were rebuked yet again."

You can read the full article here.

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