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(IRS rules on non-profit endorsements)

Election Year Activities and the Prohibition on Political Campaign Intervention for Section 501(c)(3) Organizations

FS-2006-17, February 2006

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is releasing this fact sheet to provide information to help section 501(c)(3) organizations stay in compliance with the federal tax law. Continue reading

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IRS investigates pastor's Huckabee endorsement


At issue is whether Buena Park clergyman Wiley Drake violated the separation of church and state.

By Dave McKibben, Los Angeles Times, February 14, 2008

An attorney for clergyman Wiley S. Drake confirmed Wednesday that the Internal Revenue Service was investigating the pastor’s endorsement of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s presidential bid, written on church letterhead and announced during a church-affiliated Internet radio show.

“Pastors and churches have 1st Amendment rights just like everybody else,” said Erik Stanley, an attorney for the Alliance Defense Fund. “Wiley Drake has the same right to make a personal endorsement as anybody.” Continue reading

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LA Minister Calling for Death Prayers for Those Who Denounced Church's Political Activities to IRS

by Linda Beale, ataxingmatter.com, 2/19/08. Click here for full article and many links.

Buena Park Minister Wiley S. Drake has again asked for his followers to pray for the death of leaders of Americans United for Separation of Church and State because of its role in alerting the IRS to the church’s endorsement of Huckabee for President.

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Obviously, the timid slaps on the wrist that the IRS gives to churches that violate the law to participate in political campaigns does nothing to change their courses of action. The IRS needs to act by revoking tax exemption for organizations that violate the law.

Why is this important? Churches are given tax-exempt status to permit them to pursue their religious aims without having to pay over taxes on their activities to government. That is a special privilege and depends on a critical separation between church and state–no money to the government, no control by the government in the religion, and no interference by the religion in political and government activities.

Church participation in election campaigns is, quite simply, against the law. Continue reading

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Grassley's tax probe draws wrath of televangelists

By JANE NORMAN • Des Moines Register, REGISTER WASHINGTON BUREAU • February 16, 2008

Washington, D.C. – A backlash is growing among televangelists against an investigation spearheaded by Sen. Charles Grassley that is probing churches’ acquisitions of Rolls Royces, mansions and private jets.

The Iowa Republican is preparing to send out a new round of letters to tax-exempt ministries that have resisted questions he asked in November about their contributions, salaries and spending.
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“It may be they’re flexing their muscles to see if I’m really serious about this,” Grassley said in an interview.

But one of the televangelists, Kenneth Copeland of Texas-based Kenneth Copeland Ministries, has vowed to fight. In a fiery January sermon before a group of ministers, Copeland said any attempts by Grassley to gain information would be made “over my dead body.” Continue reading

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