Charities Might Avoid Partisan Politics Even if Ban Is Lifted

Charities Might Avoid Partisan Politics Even if Ban Is Lifted

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But many secular charities, like a lot of religious ones, do not want to mix their charitable missions with politics, sources say.

“The vast majority of charitable nonprofits, houses of worship, and foundations strongly oppose changing the Johnson Amendment,” David L. Thompson of the National Council of Nonprofits told Tax Analysts. “Most of us . . . strongly believe that nonpartisanship and the law that supports it help us succeed. We’re more successful because we’re staying out of politics.”

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Charities without religious affiliations would still be barred from campaign intervention under an appropriations bill that would limit the IRS’s ability to investigate allegations of church political activity. The provision is unconstitutional because it creates “special benefits to houses of worship that are not available to similarly situated organizations,” Thompson said.

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