Watchdog Organization Keeps Preachers from Backing Candidates

July 10, 2004

Source: The Kansas City Star

On July 10, 2004 The Kansas City Star reported, "Under IRS rules, tax-exempt groups such as churches may not participate in political campaigns for or against candidates. Certain political activities are permitted, such as voter education or registration conducted in a nonpartisan manner. Alleged violations could bring federal scrutiny. The coalition, a Johnson County-based group, has recruited volunteers to covertly attend church services to see whether the IRS rules are being broken."