- As a pastor, you can talk about issues, but . . .
- You cannot endorse candidates -- not unless you want to lose your church's tax-exempt status.
- And yes, you can distribute "voter education guides" that endorse candidates . . .
- But if you do so, then you must provide a variety of "voter education guides" that endorse a variety of candidates. If you distribute a pamphlet put out by your local ministerial alliance that endorses local Republican candidates, for instance, then you also need to provide material by other groups that endorse other candidates.
And if all this seems picky, then click on the title of this post for a link to an article in The Washington Post about churches that may lose their tax-exempt status because they were endorsing specific candidates.
Again, you can talk about issues all you want. But start endorsing candidates from the pulpit, and the IRS ain't gonna like that at all!