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The separation of church and state has a qualification that no political endorsements of candidates or excessive lobbying and donations are given to ballot initiatives in exchange for tax-exempt status. The amount of money and the amount and type of effort seem to be a gray area.
The LDS church contributed a significant amount of money and effort (including alleged phone banks run from church property) to endorse PROP 8 in California via its network of church, media, and community outlets enshrining discrimination under the law for thousands of Californians and their families.
In exchange for their legislative efforts, the LDS church’s tax-exempt status should be reviewed by the IRS.
"In general, no organization, including a church, may qualify for IRC section 501(c)(3) status if a substantial part of its activities is attempting to influence legislation (commonly known as lobbying)."
I believe the church’s involvement in YES ON 8 is in violation of Federal Tax code given the $22+ million in play for the YES campaign, $17+ million by LDS activity. These were not random donations, this was a coordinated drive to mobilize its membership to donate in their name.
This group is not about bashing Mormons or any other group, it’s focused upon the 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status of the church. Inappropriate messages bashing the church will be removed. Let’s stay focused and civil.
I encourage you to spread word of the group to those who may have more insight into the legal and tax implications as well as your friends and family.
Post links to related news articles and keep the dialog going.
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