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Politics and Your Church

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The tax code notes that section 501( c)(3) organizations are permitted to conduct certain voter education activities–including the presentation of public forums and the publication of voter education guides–if they are carried out in a non-partisan manner. In addition, they may encourage people to participate in the electoral process through voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives. On the other hand, voter education or registration activities conducted in a biased manner are prohibited.

Many churches use websites to disseminate [political] statements and information. They also routinely link their websites to websites maintained by other organizations as a way of providing additional information. A 2007 IRS statement includes the following:

A website is a form of communication. If an organization posts something on its website that favors or opposes a candidate for public ...

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  • February 25, 2014

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