The American tax code grants houses of worship and other nonprofits special tax-free status specifically because they work for the common good. The Johnson Amendment, which has been in the tax code for more than 60 years, protects the integrity of these tax-exempt organizations by ensuring they do not endorse or oppose political candidates. Americans do not want our charities and houses of worship to be torn apart by partisan campaign politics.

Here's why you should support the Johnson Amendment:

Political parties and candidates seeking power shouldn't use tax-exempt organizations—including charitable nonprofits, foundations, and houses of worship—as tools or pressure them for endorsements. These tax-exempt organizations should focus on fostering community and fulfilling their charitable missions.

Changing current law to encourage churches and charitable nonprofits to endorse and oppose political candidates will deepen divides in our congregations, organizations, and our communities.


Houses of worship, charitable organizations, and foundations can already speak out on any political, social, or moral issue. They just can't endorse or oppose candidates with tax-deductable dollars.

Changing the law is deeply unpopular among religious and denominational organizations, charitable nonprofits, faith leaders, and the American public. 4,200 faith leaders, 5,500 nonprofit organizations, and 103 religious and denominational organizations have all written to Congress strongly opposing the weakening or repeal of current law.