“GOP Tax Bill Would Allow Politics from the Pulpit”

Kate Ackley for Roll Call:

The House Republican tax plan would upend a longstanding measure, known as the Johnson Amendment, that prohibits politicking from the pulpit, and critics say it could turn churches into new conduits for political money.

Under current law, churches, charities and other 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations are prohibited from endorsing political candidates. The bill released Thursday would allow churches to make statements about political campaigns and candidates in the course of religious services and activities, according to section 5201 of the measure.

A pastor, for example, could endorse a candidate for office, or oppose one, during Sunday service.

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