Contemplation of the Johnson Amendment

Contemplation of the Johnson Amendment

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In 1954, a Republican Congress, along with a Republican president, Dwight D. Eisenhower, passed a piece of legislation that prohibits federally tax-exempt 501(c)(3)'s from participating in a political campaign [either in support of or opposition to any candidate]. In particular, if ministers were to endorse or oppose a candidate from the pulpit, they would put at risk their tax-exempt status. It would be called the Johnson Amendment and it is still in force to this day.

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