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WHAT CAN CHURCHES AND PASTORS DO THIS ELECTION YEAR? – Karnes Legal Services
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WHAT CAN CHURCHES AND PASTORS DO THIS ELECTION YEAR?

Political Activity

Church Pastor
  • Discuss the positions of candidates on issues
Yes Yes
  • Endorse or oppose candidates
No Yes
  • Financial contributions to candidates
No Yes
  • In-kind contributions to candidates
No Yes
  • Independent expenditures supporting or opposing candidates
No Yes
  • Contributions to political action committees (PACs)
No Yes
  • Payment of expenses for attendance at a caucus or state/national political party convention
No Yes
  • Appearance of candidate at church meeting or service
Yes N/A
  • Non-partisan voter registration activities
Yes Yes
  • Non-partisan voter identification activities
Yes Yes
  • Non-partisan get-out-the-vote activities
Yes Yes
  • Non-partisan voter education
Yes Yes
  • Lobbying for or against legislation
Yes Yes
  • Expenditures related to state referendums
Yes Yes
  • Distribution of:
a)     Candidate surveys or voter guides Yes Yes
b)     Voting records of incumbents Yes Yes
c)      Candidate campaign literature Yes
  • Distribution by others of political materials in church parking lots
Yes N/A
  • Rental of church membership lists at regular rates
Yes N/A
  • Rental of church facilities at regular rates
Yes N/A
  • Church publications:
a)     Political ads at regular rates Yes N/A
b)     News stories about candidates or campaigns Yes N/A
c)      Editorials endorsing or opposing candidates No N/A