Federal legislation (H.R. 172, S. 264 and H.R. 781) has been introduced to repeal the 1954 Johnson Amendment, which prohibits charitable nonprofits, including churches, from endorsing or opposing candidates for elective office.
The North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations (NDANO) believes current law requiring charitable nonprofits to remain nonpartisan is the best way to advance missions and work as partners with all levels of government. NDANO opposes the repeal because existing law protects both nonprofits and the public.
As the National Council of Nonprofits stated in its opposition to this effort to repeal the Johnson Amendment, “Our society is better today, because 501(c)(3) organizations operate as safe havens from the caustic partisanship that currently is bedeviling our country, as places where people can come together to actually solve community problems rather than just posture and remain torn apart. Repeal or revision of the law will produce very serious, negative consequences.”
Learn more from our partner, the National Council of Nonprofits.