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  •  ours too except i was told that we were (1+ / 0-)
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    permitted to take a stand on issues, but not back any particular candidate.  is that a state by state thing?

    "We struck down evil with the mighty sword of teamwork and the hammer of not bickering!" - The Shoveler

    by Pandoras Box on Thu Nov 12, 2009 at 10:19:01 AM PST

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    •  Nope. IRS code (1+ / 0-)
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      As far as I know.

    •  it's true, IRS code allows Churches (3+ / 0-)
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      to weigh in on "issues." Alas, the language is very vague, and says so long as it's not the "primary" purpose or "significant" expenditures, with no standard for what all that means.

      I can support Churches getting in front of issues.

      A busload of parishioners to the capital steps? Fine, MLK did that.

      Millions of dollars spent on TV ads? Millions spent on high priced DC lobbyists? We are in a whole 'nother arena.

      IMO, the code needs revising because the murky, undefined standards allow for a lot of money-laundering and offenses to campaign finance law.

      I think they need to be held up to the light so the numbers are transparent. So it's easy to determine how much of their budgets are spent on these things, so we can see if it's significant.

      "Unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant."--MLK Jr.

      by Scott Wooledge on Thu Nov 12, 2009 at 10:45:40 AM PST

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    •  no, it's just the tax law (0+ / 0-)

      it's complex, but a c3 can lobby for issues, not candidates (although many conservative churches have clearly violated this in the past).  Most issue oriented causes, like my own Healthcare for All - CA, have a c3 (educational) non-profit and a c4 (political) non-profit.  Donations to the latter are not tax-deductible, donations to the former are and the c3 can direct a portion of it's income (like 20%) to the c4.  Wildly complex, and all sorts of rules governing contributions to the c3, but that's the way it is right now.

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