- June 10 - The Internal Revenue Service has reportedly ruled that the Christian
Coalition is so thoroughly partisan that it does not deserve tax-exempt status,
a development welcomed by People For the American Way Foundation President Carole
Shields, who called the ruling "long overdue but worth the wait."
"For a decade we have urged the IRS to recognize the Christian
Coalition's clear partisan nature," said Shields. "We welcome this clear
signal that everyone has to play by the rules, even Pat Robertson."
Last year, People For the American Way Foundation sent a letter
to the IRS urging such a conclusion and sending additional evidence of the Christian
Coalition's partisanship gleaned by PFAWF researchers from court filings in an
unrelated Federal Election Commission lawsuit against the Christian Coalition.
Shields said it is too early to tell how the Christian Coalitionís
planned restructuring will affect its political operations, but she noted that
Pat Robertson has recently concentrated control of the organization in his own
hands and announced plans to raise and spend more than $20 million for efforts
directed at the 2000 elections.
PFAWF has available its 1996 report, Breaking the Rules:
The Christian Coalition and Elections, which documents the groupís abuse of
its tax status, its use of slanted voter guides and its partisan activities at
the 1996 Republican National Convention. For more information about the Christian
Coalition's political activities, or for copies of People For the American Way
Foundation's correspondence with the IRS in this area, please call 202-467-4999.