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Among the many things Lyndon B. Johnson cemented into law is the “#JohnsonAmendment” a provision of the U.S. tax code that prohibits religious organizations and many nonprofits from endorsing or opposing political candidates.

Trump claims that he “got rid” of the amendment and
that religious organizations are now free to espouse political views in the public arena. But the Johnson Amendment is still on the books, despite Trump’s repeated claims to the contrary and his 2016 campaign promises to some evangelical groups that want to see it repealed.
Trump signed an exec order in 2017 with the stated purpose of giving more leeway to religious groups in the realm of political speech. In practice, though, the executive order does not ease the Johnson Amendment’s restrictions.

The Facts
Section 501(c)3 of the U.S. tax code
grants tax-exempt status to nonprofit groups such as charities, universities and religious organizations. But these tax-exempt groups “are absolutely prohibited from
directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office,

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