Literature Distribution in Church Parking Lots is Legal!

Many groups distribute campaign literature in Church parking lots at election time. The nation’s top legal experts explain that such activity in the Church parking lot will not jeopardize the Church’s tax exempt status. IRS regulations on political activity only apply to the activities and expenditures of the non-profit organization. When others distribute literature in the Church parking lot, that is not an activity or expenditure of the Church. And because the parking lot is open to the public, churches may not prohibit people from distributing campaign literature, because it is an issue of free speech.

Explaining this or promoting this activity is not a matter of Church teaching or loyalty, but simply of accuracy regarding the law. If a Church wants to stop this, they have to find a different reason than tax law.

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