No thanks to sleight of hand in the tax bill, all nonprofits could engage in politics

No thanks to sleight of hand in the tax bill, all nonprofits could engage in politics

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Nonprofits and foundations didn’t ask for this change. It was something proposed by a very small number of religious leaders. Chairman Brady and the majority members of the House Ways and Means Committee are ignoring the appeals of more than 4,000 religious leaders, 89 percent of evangelical pastors, and over 4,800 charitable nonprofits, houses of worship, and foundations, along with the Minnesota Council on Foundations and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits — all of which are opposed to this change.

Minnesotans believe in a strong nonprofit community. We rank near the top of almost every measure of charitable giving, volunteering and nonprofit activity, and the sector employs nearly 12 percent of our workforce. We donate our dollars to do good. We don’t want people to be showing up at the door of a housing assistance agency, a rec center, the local community clinic, their college or university, houses of worship or a local food shelf only to be pressured into voting for a particular candidate. We don’t want our nonprofit organizations to be funneling our tax-exempt donations into campaign contributions.

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