Take action today to protect the Johnson Amendment!

The U.S. House is once again considering a budget bill that will allow churches to become unaccountable, unregulated super PACs through which millions, possibly billions, of dollars in dark political money will flow. The bill would defund all enforcement of the Johnson Amendment, which keeps all 501(c)(3)s, including churches, from endorsing political candidates. But here's the catch: the budget only defunds enforcement against churches; other nonprofits still have to obey the law.

Thanks to your help, this language was removed from the last budget bill by the Senate. We need to once again put pressure on lawmakers to oppose this provision while it’s still in early stages. A House subcommittee passed this bill, by voice vote, onto the House Committee on Appropriations.

We need you to tell your U.S. representative to protect the Johnson Amendment and fund its enforcement. Please contact him or her TODAY — by phone and email if at all possible — and ask your representative to oppose de-funding enforcement of the Johnson Amendment. ASK THEM TO REMOVE SECTION 112 FROM THE FINANCIAL SERVICES AND GENERAL GOVERNMENT APPROPRIATIONS BILL.

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As one of your constituents, I want to urge the representative to vigorously defend the Johnson Amendment by removing section 112 from the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill. This crucial protection has recently come under attack yet again, but voters are more aware than ever that removing the Johnson Amendment would bring unprecedented amounts of dark money into the political process. Please oppose any language in the bill that includes rolling back the Johnson Amendment.

Americans do not want millionaires using churches as conduits to pour money into political campaigns unregulated. Unlike other 501(c)(3)s, churches do not have to report any financial information to the IRS. Every other charity in this country has to file a Form 990 with the IRS that tracks every penny that comes in and goes out. Churches don’t report any of this information. They are financial black holes. Claims that it inhibits free speech are a distraction. The Joint Committee on Taxation estimated that eliminating the Johnson Amendment would cost $2.1 billion because political contributions to churches would be tax-exempt. Voters, including me, do not want this to happen.