Johnson Amendment Unchanged in Federal Spending Bill

Johnson Amendment Unchanged in Federal Spending Bill

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Despite reports that Republicans may use omnibus legislation to weaken or repeal the Johnson Amendment prohibiting 501c3 groups, including religious congregations, from participating in election campaigns, no such change was included in the bill. Tim Delaney, CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits, said, “Keeping intact the longstanding law known as the Johnson Amendment is at least a short-term victory for 501c3 organizations and the American people.”

However, Delaney urges supporters of the Johnson Amendment to remain vigilant, because opponents’ “zeal last year suggests they likely will continue their push to hijack charitable goodwill for their own political ambitions while rewarding their supporters with charitable tax deductions for partisan donations.”


“special edition” e-newsletter from the National Council of Nonprofits analyzes the impact of the proposed budget deal on various areas of federal activity, from arts and culture spending to health, food, and nutrition. It also lists areas not addressed in the bill—immigration, Obamacare stabilization and changes in sexual harassment policies affecting Capitol Hill. Many of these issues, along with some of the poison pill riders, may be addressed in upcoming fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget and appropriations bills.

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