MNN Urges Representative Neal to Protect Johnson Amendment in Tax Reform Debate

Yesterday, MNN sent a letter to Representative Richard Neal of Massachusetts, expressing their opposition to Section 5201 in the House of Representatives version of the federal tax reform bill, a provision that would radically change the longstanding protection known as the Johnson Amendment.

Section 5201 would significantly weaken the Johnson Amendment, a section in the U.S. Tax Code that prohibits nonprofits from endorsing or raising money for political candidates.

The letter urges Representative Neal, who was recently appointed to the conference committee tasked with reconciling the House and Senate versions of the tax bill, to work with fellow conferees to ensure that the provision is stricken from any final version of the bill.

“Section 5201 of the House-passed tax bill is harmful and will politicize and weaken the charitable sector in fundamental and irreparable ways. In a time of division, the nonprofit sector is one of the few places where people can work together on our country’s most important challenges,” said Jim Klocke, CEO of MNN.

The full text of the letter can be found here.