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August 12, 2014

Politicking by churches needs to be curtailed

Under federal law, it is illegal for churches and other so-called 501©(3) nonprofit organizations to “participate in, or intervene in … any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.” But in recent years the Internal Revenue Service has failed to aggressively enforce the law, despite open defiance by religious groups that believe – erroneously – that they have a 1st Amendment right to endorse candidates without losing their tax-exempt status.

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