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The Texas Tribune-ProPublica Investigative Unit

Churches are breaking the law and endorsing in elections, experts say. The IRS looks the other way.

For nearly 70 years, federal law has barred churches from directly involving themselves in political campaigns, but the IRS has largely abdicated its enforcement responsibilities as churches have become more brazen about publicly backing candidates.

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