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Protect Nonprofit Nonpartisanship
Protect Nonprofit Nonpartisanship
In the next few days, Congress will be wrapping up huge, year-end legislation that could include language damaging to your nonprofit and the people and community you serve. Language was attached to a spending bill in the House that would make it virtually impossible for the IRS to enforce the law (the longstanding Johnson Amendment) that protects charitable nonprofits from partisanship.

The anti-Johnson Amendment language in the spending bill must not be included in any bill that gets voted on this month.

TODAY, December 4, please call and tweet members of Maine's congressional delegation and deliver this simple message: "Partisanship has NO place in charitable organizations - whether land trusts, churches, charities, or foundations. Please oppose all efforts to include a controversial #JohnsonAmendment rider in any legislation being voted on this month. http://bit.ly/2NgDS5U"

MAINE DELEGATION

Senator Susan Collins
Washington, D.C. (202) 224-2523
Augusta 622-8414
Portland 780-3575
Bangor 945-0417
Biddeford 283-1101
Caribou 493-7873
Lewiston 784-6969
@SenatorCollins

Senator Angus King
Washington, D.C. (202) 224-5344
Augusta 622-8292
Bangor 945-8000
Presque Isle 764-5124
Scarborough 883-1588
@SenAngusKing

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree
Washington, D.C. (202) 225-6116
Portland 774-5019
Waterville 873-5713
@chelliepingree

Congressman Bruce Poliquin
Washington, D.C. (202) 225-6306
Bangor 942-0583
Caribou 492-1600
Lewiston 784-0768
@RepPoliquin

Background
For more than 60 years, a part of the federal tax code known as the Johnson Amendment has successfully shielded charitable nonprofits, houses of worship, and foundations from demands from politicians and donors to endorse candidates for public office or to divert charitable assets to campaign coffers. The longstanding Johnson Amendment accomplishes this by limiting tax-exempt status and the ability to receive tax-deductible charitable donations only to organizations that refrain from participating or intervening in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office. The broad 501(c)(3) nonprofit community—frontline charities, churches, and foundations—stands strongly united in support of the federal law and in opposition to efforts to politicize the charitable sector for partisan and financial gains.

Jenn Burns Gray
Director of Advocacy + PR
JGray@NonprofitMaine.org
Maine Association of Nonprofits
565 Congress Street, Suite 301
Portland, ME 04101

Posted on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 (Archive on Thursday, January 3, 2019)
Posted by Jym St. Pierre   Contributed by Jym St. Pierre
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