Nonprofits To Politicians: We Are Neither Your Pawns Nor Your Piggybanks

Nonprofits To Politicians: We Are Neither Your Pawns Nor Your Piggybanks

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Washington, DC - Responding to the dual events this week of (1) the House passing language to effectively block enforcement of the longstanding law known as the Johnson Amendment in Section 112 of the Interior/Environment and Financial Services and General Government “mini-bus” appropriations bill (H.R. 6147) and (2) the Administration revoking a rule requiring donor disclosures by some tax-exempt organizations, National Council of Nonprofits President and CEO Tim Delaney released the following statement:

“It’s now impossible for Congress and the White House to deny their objective: to politicize the trusted charitable nonprofit community by authorizing unlimited, unfettered, and untraceable political money to flow through the nonprofit sector to benefit partisan special interests. Through their regulatory action removing the paper trail for 501(c)(4) organizations and their legislative action via a must-pass appropriations bill to weaken the longstanding Johnson Amendment and open the floodgates for getting a tax deduction for their political campaigning, they can no longer hide their agenda to impose partisan politics over public interest.

“Charitable nonprofits are not in the business of partisan politics and are not here to be used to hide or launder political money; rather, we exist to solve problems in our communities for the common good.Tweet this quote The collateral damage to the reputation of charitable nonprofits, even those that steer far clear of the secret money and pressure to endorse candidates, will be devastating. Is it too much to ask that politicians put this country’s interests above their own? Based on these two actions in Washington this week, it seems the answer is, sadly, yes.”

Additional Background

The vast majority of Americans strongly oppose efforts to repeal or weaken the Johnson Amendment:

Charitable and Philanthropic Organizations

Law Enforcement

Religious Groups and Leaders

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