|During the House Appropriations Committee markup of the Fiscal Year 2018 Financial Services and Government Operations bill, the Committee voted 28-24 to override an amendment introduced by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) that would have stricken section 116 from the bill. Section 116 is a provision snuck in to gut enforcement of the Johnson Amendment specifically for churches (all other nonprofits would still be subject to IRS rules regarding engaging in partisan politics)|
The Johnson amendment prohibits nonprofits, including churches, from endorsing political candidates. Churches are the only nonprofits not required to file a Form 990, which discloses information about a nonprofit's expenditures and sources of revenue. It would effectively turn the puplit into a political arm of the Religious Right, with no oversight whatsoever.
Because churches are exempt from these crucial transparency requirements, the repeal of the Johnson Amendment would effectively allow churches to function like Super PACs and unleash a new wave of religious 'dark money' into the political system.
Passage of this bill and a full repeal of the Johnson Amendment is the Religious Right's #1 priority.
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