The IRS is investigating the denomination Trinity United Church of Christ for hosting Barack Obama as a speaker in front of 10,000 people in June of 2007. Non-profit organizations are generally not allowed to endorse candidates, although politicos can speak at such organizations.
You can find the AP article here. More press and blog coverage is after the jump.
IRS Investigates Obama’s Denomination [AP]
The Huffington Post article is particularly interesting because it analyzes the potential effects of banning politicians from speaking at nonprofits. Also, it’s important to note that this speech took place before he announced his candidacy for president, the church announced that this was not a campaign speech, and they banned leaflets and campaign materials from inside the building.
Should politicians be able to use nonprofits as soapboxes? If so, what kind of restrictions should be in place? Should the nonprofit be able to have one politician speak and refuse another? Discuss.