July 14, 2017 / Press Releases

House Appropriations Committee Votes to Allow Political Money in Churches

Provision in House Appropriations Bill allows special interests to manipulate churches, funnel secret political money through the pulpit

Republicans reject amendment to strip the rider from the bill

End Citizens United President and Executive Director Tiffany Muller released the following statement on the House Appropriations Committee’s bill that includes a measure to gut enforcement of the Johnson Amendment.

“The Johnson Amendment has been critical to ensuring churches and charities can carry out their missions free from manipulation of Big Money special interests and partisan politics. Today, extreme House Republicans approved a rider in a must-pass bill that leaves churches vulnerable to being used as tools of political mega-donors looking to push their agenda. The last thing we need is another vehicle for big donors to hide their political contributions – and get a tax break for doing so. We’ll continue to fight against this dangerous and egregious push to repeal the Johnson Amendment.”

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