Read a background page about churches, charities and politics on the Internal Revenue Service website.
In November 2007, the IRS issued a reminder to tax-exempt organizations to avoid campaign activities.
The American Center for Law & Justice offers a resource page on churches’ tax-exempt status. ACLJ has frequently argued in court for the right of churches to engage in politics.
See a resource from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life on political endorsements by religious groups.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State has this FAQ on electioneering by houses of worship.
Read “Legal Dos and Don’ts” for churches and pastors, posted by iVoteValues.com, a website of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.
Read the First Amendment Center’s backgrounder on tax exemptions for religious groups, including FAQ and relevant court cases.
Read a Nov. 4, 2012, NBCNews.com article that found that 1,600 pastors across the U.S. violated the long-standing ban on political endorsement by churches in October of 2012.
Read a Jan. 14, 2008, Las Vegas Review-Journal article about a pastor’s backing of Obama during a worship service at the Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ. The comments prompted Americans United for Separation of Church and State to request an IRS investigation of the church.