July 8, 2008
Senator Grassley's Memorandum Re Investigation of MegaChurches
Last night Senator Charles Grassely released a lengthy and detailed memorandum regarding his ongoing investigation of certain church financial practices. In brief, the memorandum describes Grassley's concerns, his support of self-regulation of the nonprofit sector, cooperative and uncooperative responses from some churches, witness intimidation by others, lavish parties by other tax exempt organizations, "foot-dragging" Washington D.C. law firms employed by some of the churches and Grassley's intent to press on with the investigation until satisfactory responses are obtained. The witness intimidation is said to have occured because some churches have called employees to remind them they are subject to confidentiality agreements and that legal action would be taken in case those employees violated those agreements.
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