In our article last month, we discussed what the Johnson Amendment is and how it prohibits tax-exempt organizations from campaigning for or against political candidates. The amendment has been active for more than 50 years, however our president has recently begun opposing the law. The Johnson Amendment has not received much opposition besides a few years back when the Alliance Defending Freedom organization fought to repealing the amendment.
In 1954, Congress passed the Johnson Amendment, prohibiting tax-exempt organizations from campaigning for or against political candidates. While no clear explanation for the statute was given, there are several reasons that the policy might be considered necessary.