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Council asks U.S. delegation to oppose Johnson Amendment changes

The Providers’ Council has sent a letter to the entire Massachusetts Congressional delegation in Washington, D.C., asking our elected U.S. Senators and Representatives to oppose the so-called Free Speech Fairness ActS.264/H.R. 781, which would result in the politicization of the nonprofit, tax-exempt community.

This Council, along with national partner the National Council of Nonprofits, and thousands of other nonprofit organizations and state associations across the United States, believe the proposed legislation would detract from nonprofits’ primary purpose of serving the public interest.

The letter reads in part, “In our view, the Johnson Amendment, which this legislation seeks to repeal, protects charitable nonprofits, foundations and religious congregations from being exploited as partisan tools in the electoral political process by political operatives and politically motivated donors.”

The letter further states, “Thanks to current law, charitable nonprofits are safe havens from politics, a place where people can come together to actually solve community problems, and to worship, learn care for others and bridge the gulf of mistrust, ignorance or intolerance without subscribing to a political party label.”

The letter, which you can read here, was sent by mail and email to Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey; and Reps. Michael Capuano, Katherine Clark, William Keating, Joseph P. Kennedy III, Stephen Lynch, James McGovern, Seth Moulton, Richard Neal and Niki Tsongas.

The letter follows the publication of Council President and CEO Michael Weekes’ editorial in the March issue of The Provide newspaper. You can read it here.   

Council members and all nonprofit leaders and staff are encouraged to contact the Massachusetts delegation and ask them to oppose S.264/H.R. 781. For more information about these proposed bills, please email Bill Yelenak or visit the National Council of Nonprofits website here.