Both the U.S. House and Senate are considering a repeal of provisions in the U.S. tax code that prohibit 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations from engaging in partisan politics. The so-called Johnson Amendment has been part of the tax code since the 1950s. Foraker issued a statement today opposing this repeal, saying that:
“In very real terms, the current legislation (S. 264 in the Senate and H.R. 781 and H.R. 172 in the House) would politicize the sector, subjecting nonprofits and foundations to demands for campaign contributions (thereby diverting donors’ money away from mission-related work to benefit politicians). Not only would repeal damage public trust in the work of nonprofits, it would threaten the impartiality and independence of our sector and our requirement, as written in statue, to “do good” – both of which are valued by nonprofits.”
You can read our full statement here.
The National Council of Nonprofits is taking aggressive steps to push back the movement to repeal. You can read a summary of their actions here.
We urge you, too, to take action. The National Council has developed a Community Letter in Support of Nonpartisanship. Foraker has signed this letter. We encourage you to read it, talk over the issue with your board, and make your voice heard.
If you have questions about this threat to nonprofit nonpartisanship, please contact Foraker Vice President and Director of Public Policy Mike Walsh, firstname.lastname@example.org.