According to the recent news, churches will have the right to recommend their preferred political candidates and still maintain their tax-free status as stipulated in the House GOP’s overhaul plan. This bill is meant to revoke a 63-year old law accredited to ex-president Lyndon Johnson while he was serving in the Senate. Nevertheless, critics have cautioned claiming that it could make loopholes that might channel tax-exempt money into political campaigns.
The congressional scorekeepers say that the endowment may cost $ 2 billion over the coming ten years. The Johnson amendment law does not tax-exempt charitable groups like churches to take part in any political campaign to approve or oppose a candidate. Once the IRS finds out that the organization has violated the law, it has the mandate to repeal its tax-free status.
The law does not inhibit these religious groups from weighing the public programs or unifying in various ways that might be beneficial to one party during the campaigns. However, the Democrats claim that emasculating the law will result in mixing church and state. They also argue that religious leaders have their First Amendment rights just like any other people. The Democrats add that if the religious leaders want to get into politics, then they must pay taxes as the constitution demands.
The GOP plan allows political undertakings by church provided they are a marginal cost. Nevertheless, the President of End Citizen United, Tiffany Muller points out that campaign finance groups reprimanded that the development might bring wide-ranging insinuations and churches will be turned into tools of surreptitious campaign spending.
Johnson presented the measure in 1954 while serving as a senator in Texas under the democratic party. The actions were triggered by his anger over some non-profit organizations that had criticized and called him a communist during the senate campaign. Although Dwight Eisenhower who was a Republican president signed the law, the Republicans have never stopped to criticize it as they vowed to repeal it as part of the tax overhaul.
About End Citizens United
This is the leading political action committee that is was founded by the grassroots donors in March 2015. End Citizens United is committed to counteracting the ruinous effects of citizen united and revolutionized its campaign finance system. The committee strives to show elected candidates, officials, voters, and media that the grassroots are fighting the ever-rising shamelessness of billionaires trying to buy votes. This will play a vital role in designing a broad coalition that works towards campaign finance reform and coercing lawmakers to act.
The primary mission of End Citizens United is to end big money in politics and fix the rigged political system. This is achieved by electing campaign finance reform candidates, passing ballot measures and uplifting this issue into a national dialogue. Read more:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/End_Citizens_United