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United States House

Please oppose any efforts in the “tax reform” legislation that would weaken or repeal the Johnson Amendment. We need to keep it in place to protect nonprofit charities from partisan political manipulation, and from letting more secret money into our elections.

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Common Cause

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Congress is busy negotiating a massive tax cut for corporations and some of the wealthiest Americans. But the legislation they are considering isn't only about dollars, cents, and deficits...

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Congress is busy negotiating a massive tax cut for corporations and some of the wealthiest Americans. But the legislation they are considering isn't only about dollars, cents, and deficits...

Buried deep in the bill is a radical provision that will unleash even more secret money into our elections -- this time with a tax write-off for campaign spenders who funnel their money through charitable nonprofit organizations. 

For more than 60 years, a law on the books has protected charitable nonprofit organizations from partisan political manipulation. It's called the "Johnson Amendment." It prohibits special interests from turning their campaign spending into charitable tax write-offs -- and ensures that nonprofit charities will not face pressure from their donors to intervene in partisan political campaigns.

Now House Republicans are trying to repeal those protections in the name of "tax reform.

If they're successful, our democracy will be even more infected with unaccountable political spending. Partisan political front groups could masquerade as charities -- or even houses of worship -- and function like secret money Super PACs. We simply can't let a repeal of the Johnson Amendment slip through the cracks.

Please add your name right now and urge your representatives to keep a Johnson Amendment repeal out of the tax package.

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