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The House and Senate have passed separate versions of tax reform.

Each bill contains multiple provisions that would harm the ability of charitable nonprofits to advance their missions. The most damaging is the potential repeal of the Johnson Amendment.

The proposed change would make political donations for the first time ever – tax-deductible when funneled through charitable nonprofits, houses of worship, and foundations.

It would also allow political candidates to seek endorsements and donations from nonprofits, houses of worship and foundations.


WE MUST NOT LET THIS HAPPEN

Nonprofits are bound by the Johnson Amendment to focus exclusively on their missions. Those missions must not be compromised, or obliterated, by political campaign activity. When donors contribute to nonprofits, they know their dollars will advance charitable missions, and those contributions are exempt from taxes. If the door is opened to nonprofits involvement in partisan politics, the basic compact of nonprofit status to advance charitable missions will be severely compromised.

Think about what would happen if nonprofit organizations were allowed to endorse candidates:

  • Many nonprofits would come under pressure to endorse political candidates, especially those nonprofits that receive or seek government funding. These endorsements would threaten the credibility and independence of nonprofits.
  • Nonprofits would also come under pressure to make financial contributions to candidates. Donors expect that funds they contribute to nonprofits will go to the organization’s charitable mission, not to political campaigns.
  • There would be immense pressure on nonprofits to raise, hold, and distribute campaign contributions, similar to the super PACS. The impact on their credibility could be devastating.

TAKE ACTION TODAY

TELL YOUR CONGRESSMEN AND SENATORS THAT YOU WANT TO PRESERVE THE JOHNSON AMENDMENT

KEEP IT OUT OF THE FINAL TAX REFORM BILL.

Here’s what you can do to help:

  1. Visit www.facebook.com/hosparushealth and share our Facebook posts with your network. Consider making this post a public post so your friends can share with friends outside of your network.
  2. Visit www.facebook.com/hosparushealth and share our Facebook posts and BOOST them for a few dollars to expand your network reach. Be sure to make the boosted post PUBLIC so it can be shared again.
  3. TWEET these messages to your networks and to our Kentucky and Indiana delegation: with the following hashtags: #johnsonamendment #protectnonprofitstatus #preservethejohnsonamendment #taxreformbill

Protect Nonprofit Status-Preserve the Johnson Amendment
Keep the Johnson Amendment out of the Tax Reform Bill
Nonprofits Should Remain Nonpartisan-Don’t Repeal the Johnson Amendment

KENTUCKY
Rep. Andy Barr @RepAndyBarr
Rep. Jamie Comer @KYComer
Rep. Thomas Massie @RepThomasMassie
Rep. Brett Guthrie @RepGuthrie
Rep. Hal Rogers @RepHalRogers
Rep. John Yarmuth @RepJohnYarmuth
Sen. Mitch McConnell @senatemajldr
Sen. Rand Paul @RandPaul

INDIANA
Rep. Trey Hollingsworth @RepTrey
Rep. Larry Bucshon @RepLarryBucshon
Rep. Todd Rokita @ToddRokita
Rep. Luke Messer @RepLukeMesser
Rep. Jackie Walorski @RepWalorski
Sen. Todd Young @SenToddYoung
Sen. Joe Donnelly @SenDonnelly

4. Contact your Senator and Congressman and tell them you want to protect the nonprofit sector and to make sure they tell their conference committee members in the House and Senate to LEAVE the JOHNSON AMENDMENT OUT OF THE TAX REFORM BILL.
Visit this link to locate your representative https://www.councilofnonprofits.org/take-action.

5. The Senate has named the conference committee members. Share these names with your networks and have them contact these Senators with the same message. 

Republican Senators Selected for the Tax Cut and Jobs Act Conference Committee:

Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee
Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
John Cornyn (R-TX)
John Thune (R-SD)
Rob Portman (R-OH)
Tim Scott (R-SC)
Pat Toomey (R-PA)

6. We’ll provide the House Conference Committee members as soon as they are released.

Congressman Brady (R-TX) Tax Conference Chairman
Congressman Young (R-AK) 
Congressman Nunes (R-CA) 
Congressman Roskam (R-IL) 
Congressman Shimkus (R-IL)
Congressman Upton (R-MI)
Congressman Noem (R-SD) 
Congressman Black (R-TN) 
Congressman Bishop (R-UT) 
Congressman Grijalva (D-AZ) 
Congressman Castor (D-FL)
Congressman Neal (D-MA) 
Congressman Levin (D-MI)
Congressman Doggett (D-TX)

7. Call your local media, print and broadcast and ask them to cover this important topic.

About the Johnson Amendment

The Johnson Amendment provision of the U.S. Tax Code, named after then Senator Lyndon B. Johnson, dates back to 1954. It prohibits nonprofits from participating in campaigns on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. It means that nonprofit organizations cannot endorse, raise money for, or contribute to candidates. It doesn’t limit individuals’ ability to take part in campaigns; people who work for nonprofits are free to volunteer, endorse, or contribute to campaigns on their own time.

About Hosparus Health

For 40 years Hosparus Health, a fully accredited non-profit hospice and palliative care organization, has provided medical care, grief counseling, pain management and much more for people facing serious and life-limiting illnesses in 27 Kentucky and 10 Southern Indiana Counties. Hosparus Health has over 600 staff members and 600 volunteers who care for more than 7,500 patients and families every year.

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