Alliance Joins Thousands in Letter to Protect Sector from Divisive Partisanship
The Community Letter in Support of Nonpartisanship, signed by the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, members of the Alliance strategic action network, and thousands of social sector organizations, is being delivered to members of Congress today.
The letter urges Congress to maintain the current law that protects 501(c)(3) organizations from divisive partisan politics. The provision is often referred to as the “Johnson Amendment.”
The letter signers believe that the amendment should remain intact because their organizations are hailed as safe spaces in communities. "We bring people together to solve problems, and enrich the lives of many. We don’t want people to question our motives and whether funds they donate to our missions will be redirected to a politician’s election campaign," the letter states.
Bills pending in Congress would repeal or significantly weaken the current law’s longstanding protections by inviting charitable and philanthropic organizations to endorse or oppose candidates for elected office and divert some of their assets away from their missions to instead support partisan campaigns.
This legislation would subject charitable nonprofits and foundations to demands for political endorsements and campaign contributions (diverting donors' money away from mission-related work to benefit politicians) and damage public trust in the work of nonprofits.
The Community Letter in Support of Nonpartisanship is signed by nearly 4,500 national, statewide, and local organizations. In addition, recent research published by Independent Sector and the Bright Lines Project reveals that 72 percent of American voters want to keep current rules prohibiting 501(c)(3) organizations from engaging in partisan political activity.
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