SUPPORTING OR OPPOSING CANDIDATES

CHURCH

PASTOR

  Endorsing or opposing political candidates

No

Yes

  Contributions to political candidate

No

Yes

  In-kind and independent expenditures for or against political 
  candidates

No

Yes

  Contributions to Political Action Committees

No

Yes

  Appearance of political candidate at church meeting or service

Yes

N/A

  Introduction of political candidates at church

Yes

Yes

  Political candidate to preach or read scripture (contributions should not
  be solicited & message should
not urge people to vote for the
  candidate)

Yes

N/A

  Voter registration programs and campaigns (non-partisan)

Yes

Yes

  Distribution of candidate surveys and incumbent voting records (avoid
  editorial opinions)

Yes

Yes

  Distribution in church parking lot of political statements and opinions
  on political issues (so long as no 
church endorsement)

Yes

N/A

  Rent or loan church mailing lists to political candidates (list must be
  made available to all candidates
on similar terms and prices)

Yes

N/A

  Church bulletin political ads at regular price and news stories

Yes

N/A

  Church bulletin editorial where the pastor or staff member endorses or
  opposes a candidate

No

No

  Church bulletin editorial regarding political issues or two different
  church members take opposing view
on a candidate

Yes

N/A

  Use of church facilities by political candidates (if all other candidates
  are allowed or invited)

Yes

N/A

  Fund-raising for candidates

No

Yes

  Campaigning for candidates

No

Yes

  Educate members of the public about viewpoints of candidates

Yes

Yes

  Discuss church doctrine pertaining to candidate views such as
  abortion, homosexuality and marriage

Yes

Yes

  Granting use of name to support a political candidate

No*

Yes*

  Support or oppose judicial, department or cabinet appointments

Yes

Yes

  Support or oppose judicial candidates

No

Yes

  Support or oppose other political appointments of non-elected
  officials

Yes

Yes

  SUPPORTING OR OPPOSING LEGISLATION

CHURCH

PASTOR

  Use of church facilities by lobbying groups to discuss social issues

Yes

N/A

  Rent or loan church mailing list to lobbying groups

Yes

N/A

  Preach sermons on social issues and political issues and activism

Yes

Yes

  Educate on political process and political/social/legislative issues

Yes

Yes

  Petition drives supporting or opposing legislation or citizen initiatives

Yes

Yes

  Support or oppose legislation unrelated to the church organization

Yes**

Yes

  Support or oppose legislation that directly relates to the organization

Yes***

Yes

  Encourage people to voice for or against legislation or citizen initiatives

Yes**

Yes

  Lobby candidates to support or oppose legislation or citizen initiatives

Yes**

Yes

  Distribute position papers supporting or opposing legislation or citizen
  initiatives

Yes**

Yes