Carrie Clark is a lawyer in Illinois. The opinions herein are that of the author only. Any information in this post is for discussion purposes only, and is not offered as legal advice.
Many religious groups don’t seem to get how the system works. It’s really pretty simple. The government doesn’t tax them as long as they stay out of politics. That temptation is hard to resist… In Texas, a church is being investigated for violating Texas’ election laws and possibly the federal tax code. The Texas law reads: A corporation or labor organization may not make a political contribution or political expenditure in connection with a recall election, including the circulation and… Read more
A trio of FEC commissioners just issued a statement urging a penalty for a religious group that violated disclosure requirements. To understand why they were concerned and how the FEC in general got it wrong, we have to go back a few years. During the 2008 presidential election, a group called Informed Catholic Citizens (their website appears to be defunct) made robocalls supporting John McCain and urging Catholics to vote for him because of his anti-abortion record. The Freedom From Religion Foundation… Read more
North Carolina has decided to compete with Georgia in the license plate arena. The North Carolina legislature approved a license plate which would read “Choose Life.”* Yesterday, a federal judge put a stop to this nonsense with a preliminary injunction. Katherine Lewis Parker, Legal Director of the ACLU North Carolina Legal Foundation (which argued against the North Carolina DMV) previously said in a press release: “This is a basic issue of freedom of speech and fairness. It is a fundamental… Read more