Can a member of the clergy endorse a candidate from the pulpit or speak on political issues of interest to voters? Is a house of worship legally permitted to register voters or distribute voter guides? Answers to these and many other questions are contained in Politics and the Pulpit 2008: A Guide to the Internal Revenue Codes Restrictions on the Political Activity of Religious Organizations, recently released by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. This guide sets out in plain English the rules governing political activity that apply to nonprofit organizations (including churches and other religious groups) that are exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
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