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Group sues IRS over churches' election messages

Agency isn't enforcing tax law, says Freedom from Religion Foundation

7:58 AM, Nov. 16, 2012
Green Bay Catholic Diocese Bishop David Ricken wrote an article Oct. 24 for publication in all church bulletins within the diocese calling for parishioners to keep church teachings in mind when voting in the Nov. 6 election. The Madison-based Freedom from Religion Foundation asked the IRS to investigate to determine whether the letter violated tax law
Green Bay Catholic Diocese Bishop David Ricken wrote an article Oct. 24 for publication in all church bulletins within the diocese calling for parishioners to keep church teachings in mind when voting in the Nov. 6 election. The Madison-based Freedom from Religion Foundation asked the IRS to investigate to determine whether the letter violated tax law
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A Madison-based activist group that is calling for an Internal Revenue Service investigation into Green Bay Catholic Bishop David Ricken's recent election-related preaching is now suing the IRS for what it calls a failure to enforce federal tax law and the law regarding separation of church and state.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed suit Thursday in U.S. Western District Court in Madison against the Internal Revenue Service's former commissioner, Douglas Shulman.

The suit alleges the IRS is failing to enforce electioneering restrictions on tax-exempt churches and ...

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