President Trump has vowed to repeal the Johnson Amendment which prohibits nonprofits, including churches and religious institutions, from engaging in partisan politics.
The Johnson Amendment (named after Lyndon Johnson, a Democrat, who introduced it) prohibits 501(c)(3) nonprofits from endorsing or opposing candidates for office and from any other partisan activity. It was passed in 1954 by a Republican Congress and signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, a Republican.
Michigan Nonprofit Association opposes any proposals that would benefit politicians and paid political operatives, rather than the people and communities we serve. Nonprofits are trusted in part because we are resolutely nonpartisan. Those who support our work rely on us to use their donations to help our communities, not engage in electioneering.
We will keep you informed about this and other developing federal issues as they relate to nonprofits.