The Johnson Amendment is a provision in the U.S. tax code, since 1954, that prohibits all 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations from endorsing or opposing political candidates. Section 501(c)(3) organizations are the most common type of nonprofit organization in the United States, ranging from charitable foundations to universities and churches. The amendment is named for then-Senator Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas, who introduced it in a preliminary draft of the law in July 1954 : Wikipedia: Johnson Amendment
Paragraph (3) of subsection (c) within section 501 of Title 26 (Internal Revenue Code) of the U.S. Code (U.S.C.) describes organizations which may be exempt from U.S. Federal income tax. 501(c)(3) is written as follows:
(3) Corporations, and any community chest, fund, or foundation, organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary, or educational purposes, or to foster national or international amateur sports competition (but only if no part of its activities involve the provision of athletic facilities or equipment), or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals, no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual, no substantial part of the activities of which is carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting, to influence legislation (except as otherwise provided in subsection (h)), and which does not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.[bolding added]
The Johnson Amendment is the emboldened portion of this provision beginning with the words “and which does not participate in, or intervene in ….” The amendment affects nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax exemptions, which are subject to absolute prohibitions on engaging in political activities and risk loss of tax-exempt status if violated. Specifically, they are prohibited from conducting political campaign activities to intervene in elections to public office. The Johnson Amendment applies to any 501(c)(3) organization, not just religious 501(c)(3) organizations.
So why does this matter? This silenced churches from even mentioning politics on the pulpit. It silenced the conservative voice in America. Yet it seems that the other side has used these c’s to build political machines with impunity!
So liberals fight to keep the Johnson Amendment to silence the Conservative Christian voice in America as they use their “charities” so spread their political propaganda and organize their political machine as we will show you.
Does that seem Neutral or Non-Partisan as the law requires? Why is their no investigation into these so-called charities? Ever wonder how the left seems so much more organized and they seem to be everywhere “protesting” freedom?
So let’s take a look at Obama’s 5013c and see if it is the required Non-partisan 5013c it is supposed to be.
Organizing for Action (OFA) is a nonprofit 501(c)4 organization and community organizing project that advocates for the agenda of former U.S. President Barack Obama. The organization is officially non-partisan, but its agenda and policies are strongly allied with the Democratic Party. It is the successor of Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign and of Organizing for America, which itself succeeded Obama’s 2008 campaign.
Founded after Obama’s re-election, the group seeks to mobilize supporters in favor of Obama’s legislative priorities. OFA is registered as a 501(c)(4) organization, which is prohibited from specifically supporting political candidates.
Chairman Jim Messina (Obama’s 2012 campaign manager) and First Lady Michelle Obama announced the formation of OFA on January 18, 2013. White House official Jon Carson left the Obama administration to become the executive director. Campaign senior adviser David Axelrod serves as a consultant.
Organizing for Action succeeds Organizing for America, which was formed under similar circumstances, but operated under the control of the Democratic National Committee. In preparation for President Obama’s second term, Organizing for America was relaunched as a nonprofit group in order to mobilize support behind the president’s legislative and political agenda.
The organization is headquartered in Chicago. As a tax exempt 501(c)(4) organization, it seeks to harness the energy of the president’s re-election campaign for future legislative fights. The group advocates on policy issues such as gun violence prevention, climate change, LGBT issues, and immigration.
The amendment was to a bill in the 83rd Congress, H.R. 8300, which was enacted into law as the Internal Revenue Code of 1954. The amendment was proposed by Senator Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas on July 2, 1954. The amendment was agreed to without any discussion or debate! Wikipedia: Johnson Amendment
Now let me remind you of something Obama said that many Americans let slip right over their heads. He called for a Million man civilian Army. What did he mean by that?