Tax Bill Likely to Soften Rule Barring Politicking by Nonprofits

Tax Bill Likely to Soften Rule Barring Politicking by Nonprofits

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Most charities and religious leaders oppose scrapping the Johnson Amendment, according to multiple polls, saying it would plunge such organizations into partisan politics. Critics say it also would allow partisan operatives to create nonprofits as vehicles for opaque political fundraising and spending.

"This is a huge threat because many in the GOP are serious about repealing or weakening the Johnson Amendment, they control both houses of Congress, and the President campaigned on this issue," said Rick Cohen, director of communications and operations at the National Council of Nonprofits, one group that has been lobbying to keep the law intact.

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The Chronicle of Philanthropy
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