Friday, March 27, 2009

Sen. Grassley May Subpoena Records of One or Two Televangelists

BNA's Daily Report for Executives [subscription required] today reports that Sen. Charles Grassley says he may subpoena records from those televangelists who have failed to cooperate with him in his investigation of their financial dealings. In 2007, Grassley began an investigation of possible abuse of tax-exempt status by six high-profile "prosperity gospel" ministers. Grassley says that he has received complete information from two ministries and more limited cooperation from two others. Kenneth Copeland Ministries says it will cooperate only if an investigation is carried out by the IRS through a church tax inquiry. Creflo and Taffi Dollar of World Changers Church International and Creflo Dollar Ministries have refused to provide any of the requested data. (See prior related posting.)