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Free Speech Fairness Act

In 1954, the IRS code was amended by then U.S. Senator Lyndon Baines Johnson (D-TX) to silence his opponents during his reelection campaign. The Johnson Amendment "absolutely prohibits" 501(c)(3) tax-exempt groups from "directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office" or making "contributions to political campaign funds or public statements of position."

The IRS has no business acting as the speech police of any non-profit organization, as its many scandals over recent years have made clear.

The Free Speech Fairness Act would restrict enforcement of the Johnson Amendment against churches and other non-profit groups for whom the law was never intended .

Take ACTION:  Send a message to your U.S. Representative to ask him/her to support or even co-sponsor this legislation. Speak up for free speech by telling them you want the Johnson Amendment repealed. Tell them they can start the process by cosponsoring H.R. 781, the Free Speech Fairness Act, introduced by U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA).
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