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Nonprofits to Politicians: We Are Neither Your Pawns Nor Your Piggybanks

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Responding to the dual events this week of (1) the House passing
language to effectively block enforcement of the longstanding law known
as the Johnson Amendment in Section 112 of the Interior/Environment and
Financial Services and General Government "mini-bus" appropriations bill
(H.R.
6147
) and (2) the Administration revoking
a rule requiring donor disclosures
by some tax-exempt organizations,
National Council of Nonprofits President and CEO Tim Delaney released
the following statement:

"It's now impossible for Congress and the White House to deny their
objective: to politicize the trusted charitable nonprofit community by
authorizing unlimited, unfettered, and untraceable political money to
flow through the nonprofit sector to benefit partisan special interests.
Through their regulatory action removing the paper trail for 501(c)(4)
organizations and their legislative action via a must-pass
appropriations bill to weaken the longstanding Johnson
Amendment
and open the floodgates for getting a tax deduction for
their political campaigning, they can no longer hide their agenda to
impose partisan politics over public interest.

"Charitable nonprofits are not in the business of partisan politics and
are not here to be used to hide or launder political money; rather, we
exist to solve problems in our communities for the common good. The
collateral damage to the reputation of charitable nonprofits, even those
that steer far clear of the secret money and pressure to endorse
candidates, will be devastating. Is it too much to ask that politicians
put this country's interests above their own? Based on these two actions
in Washington this week, it seems the answer is, sadly, yes."

Additional Background

The vast majority of Americans strongly oppose efforts to repeal or
weaken the Johnson Amendment:

Charitable and Philanthropic Organizations

Law Enforcement

Religious Groups and Leaders

Public Polls

The National Council of Nonprofits (Council of Nonprofits) is a trusted
resource and proven advocate for America's charitable nonprofits.
Connecting the policy dots across all levels and branches of
governments, the Council of Nonprofits keeps nonprofits informed and
empowered to create a positive public policy environment that best
supports nonprofits in advancing their missions. Working with and
through the nation's largest network of nonprofits – with 25,000-plus
organizational members - we identify emerging trends, share proven
practices, and promote solutions that benefit charitable nonprofits and
the communities they serve. Learn more at www.councilofnonprofits.org.

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