Thursday, May 14, 2009

IRS Ruling on Non Profits and Political Activism

The IRS ruled that the Niemoller Foundation funded by financial backers of Texax Gov. Rick Perry did not risk losing their tax-exempt status for engaging in political acts on behalf of issues such as traditional-values advocacy.

The Texas Freedom Network filed a complaint saying that the Niemoller Foundation brought together pastors and politicians to champion moral issues during Republican Gov. Rick Perry's 2006 re-election campaign.

Short of endorsing a particular candidate or spending substantial portions of their nonprofit budgets on legislative lobbying, ministers and their churches are free to engage in political acts on behalf of moral values, the IRS said.

From the Washington Times.

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