Grassley plans no hearings on alleged lavish spenders

Simply expects tax-exempt ministries to follow the law
Senator Chuck Grassley, the Iowa Republican who is investigating the finances of six prominent Pentecostal and charismatic ministries, says he doesn’t plan to hold hearings on any individual ministry and hopes he won’t have to subpoena any of them.

In response to critics who wonder if his investigation into alleged lavish spending is too broad, Grassley said he simply expects tax-exempt ministries to follow the law. The National Religious Broadcasters said none of the six are members but that NRB officials were concerned about the ramifications of the probe.

“I think their fear is that we’re going to get involved in doctrine, in the internal teachings of the church,” said Grassley, the top-ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, in an interview. “That’s none of my business. But churches have to realize that they aren’t any different from any other nonprofit organization. They have to abide by the tax laws.”


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