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Listen In, Lubbock: Churches violate tax laws as IRS looks the other way

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Tax-exempt organizations are not supposed to endorse or oppose political candidates. They face losing that status if they do. At least, that’s what the law says.

Still, recent reporting from ProPublica and The Texas Tribune found that many churches, especially in Texas, are violating that rule with virtually no repercussions. Jessica Priest is one of the journalists who worked on this story. She tells us more about her work.

Jessica Priest, ProPublica and The Texas Tribune

Helpful links:

Churches Are Breaking the Law by Endorsing in Elections, Experts Say. The IRS Looks the Other Way. from ProPublica and The Texas Tribune

These 20 churches supported political candidates. Experts say they violated federal law. from ProPublica and The Texas Tribune

Texas churches violated tax law ahead of Tuesday’s election, experts say from ProPublica and The Texas Tribune

Lubbock votes to become largest "Sanctuary City For The Unborn" in the U.S. from Texas Tech Public Media

Sarah Self-Walbrick is the news director at Texas Tech Public Media, where she leads the news team and focuses on underreported stories in Lubbock. Sarah is a Lubbock native and a three-time graduate of Texas Tech University. She started her career at the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
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