House Finance Appropriations Subcommittee releases spending bill that weakens the Johnson Amendment

Independent Sector, a national membership organization that brings together a diverse set of nonprofits, foundations, and corporations, has highlighted a new effort to undermine the Johnson Amendment, the part of the tax code that prevents 501(c)3 organizations from engaging in electioneering. 

(Note: electioneering is not the same as lobbying! Learn the differences here!)

The House Appropriations Subcommittee for Financial Services, which provides funding for the IRS, releases its budget proposal with language that prohibited the use of IRS funds to enforce the Johnson Amendment. 

This budget proposal from a House Subcommittee is still many steps away from being a done deal. (See our infographic on the appropriations process) But that doesn't mean it should be ignored. It's clear from our conversations with federal representatives that they need to hear from you how important it is to oppose efforts like these that weaken the Amendment. 

Weakening the Johnson Amendment also weakens the guarantees on nonpartisanship that allow nonprofits to serve as true problem solvers working in partnership with government and other community stakeholders with shared values and a common vision that moves well beyond any current political cycle.

MCN opposes any changes to the Johnson Amendment, and urges MN 501(c)(3)s to contact their congressional representatives and ask that they reject any changes to the Johnson Amendment, whether its in a tax bill or a budget bill.