Posted: March 28, 2017
Don't Politicize nonprofits! Take Action Now!
The Johnson Amendment is a federal tax law provision proposed by then Senator Lyndon B. Johnson and passed in 1954. It makes tax-exempt entities like churches and charitable organizations under the 501(c) 3 status unable to directly or indirectly participate in any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate.
President Trump vowed to "get rid of and totally destroy" the Johnson Amendment. The U.S. Congress is now considering three bills that would politicize charitable nonprofits (S.264 in the U.S. Senate and H.R. 781 and H.R. 172 in the U.S. House of Representatives). After the President’s bill repealing and replacing Obamacare was pulled on Friday, March 25, 2017, the White House has moved on to other priorities including the repeal of the Johnson Amendment.
A recent Independent Sector poll shows that 72% of voters want to keep the ban on charities from engaging in partisan political activity.
Voters favor keeping the ban over changing the law.
Source: Independent Sector/TargetPoint Consulting
NAO believes that a repeal of the Johnson Amendment would completely change the way nonprofits are understood by communities, would damage our credibility and would make us an opportunity for politicians to raise funds. See more on NAO’s position here.
TAKE ACTION: The Nonprofit Association of Oregon joins thousands of nonprofits and VOTERS in strongly opposing efforts to politicize charities by eliminating the Johnson Amendment. Click here to see the reasons to oppose the repeal of the Johnson Amendment and what you can do about it.