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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Trump's Call To Repeal The Johnson Amendment And Allow Churches To Endorse Political Candidates

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For scholarly discussion of the issue, see:

https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2016/07/trumps-call-to-repeal-the-johnson-amendment-and-allow-churches-to-endorse-political-candidates.html

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For a comprehensive, scholarly book on the issues, see Nina J. Crimm (St. John's Univ. - retired) and Laurence H. Winer (ASU), POLITICS, TAXES, AND THE PULPIT: PROVOCATIVE FIRST AMENDMENT CONFLICTS (Oxford Univ. Press 2011).

Posted by: Nina J. Crimm | Jul 24, 2016 1:23:27 PM

Eliminating tax-exempt status for all organizations would solve this problem and help keep the IRS out of politics.

Posted by: AMTbuff | Jul 25, 2016 4:20:35 AM

Nina, can you give us a Readers Digest version? How we got from the "No establishment clause" to where we are today amazes me.

Posted by: Dale Spradling | Jul 25, 2016 5:45:31 AM

It seems like it would be pretty easy to allow any nonprofit corporation to endorse political candidates so long as they just make the endorsement orally instead of spending money on it. Of course, it's quite reasonable for churches to lose their tax deductible status if they use donations to buy TV ads for candidates.

Posted by: Eric Rasmusen | Jul 26, 2016 10:32:56 PM