Congress is poised to start working on tax reform this November, and its effort may include legislation that weakens or repeals the Johnson Amendment, a federal law that protects the integrity of tax-exempt organizations and houses of worship by ensuring they do not endorse or oppose political candidates.
That’s why now more than ever, Americans United and allies are fighting to protect the Johnson Amendment. On October 30, AU and other groups will host a digital rally – or in other words, a tweetstorm – to educate the public about the importance of the Johnson Amendment and urge people to tell their member of Congress to protect it.
Participate in our digital rally by supporting our Johnson Amendment Thunderclap through your Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr accounts, and hop onto Twitter on Oct. 30 at 1 p.m. EDT to share, like and tweet about the importance of the Johnson Amendment.
The majority of Americans don’t think the Johnson Amendment should be repealed or undermined. Neither do more than 5,500 non-profit organizations, 4,200 faith leaders and almost 100 religious and denominational organizations. Additionally, nearly 100 members of Congress recently sent colleagues a letter asking them to protect the Johnson Amendment.
Despite the strong support for the Johnson Amendment, President Donald J. Trump and some members of Congress have been taking steps to repeal and weaken the law. Trump has signed an executive order in an attempt to weaken the amendment (although it doesn’t really do that), and some bills have been introduced in Congress with the intent of undermining or outright repealing it. A problematic provision aimed at taking the teeth out of the Johnson Amendment was also tucked into the FY2018 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill.
Now more than ever, we need your help to let your members of Congress know that the Johnson Amendment protects the right of houses of worship and other tax-exempt organizations to speak out about political and social issues, while at the same time ensuring they are not used as partisan political tools.
To learn more about the Johnson Amendment and our work, visit Project Fair Play.