Freedom Writer |
November 1994 |
What churches may not do
As private citizens, pastors have the same rights as all Americans. A
pastor should always make it clear that any candidate-oriented efforts
are those of a private citizen and not made on behalf of his church.
Personal funds must also be used for such activities. Pastors may
express personal opinions about candidates from the pulpit, but should
avoid doing so lest the Internal Revenue Service argue that some use
of church funds is involved.
- Endorse political candidates.
- Contribute to political candidates or PACs.
- Participate in fundraising projects for political candidates.
- Make an outright donation of a mailing list to a political
- Sell a political ad at a discount rate if no other advertisers are
- Distribute candidate political statements.
- Pay to attend a caucus for a state or national political
- Make in-kind or independent expenditures in favor or against
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