Guidelines for “Political Activities”

by Churches and Pastors

Pastor Activity


Church


Pastor


1. Discuss the positions of candidates on issues

YES

YES

2. Endorse or oppose candidates

NO

YES

3. Financial contributions to candidates

NO

YES

4. In-kind contributions to candidates

NO

YES

5. Independent expenditures supporting or opposing candidates

NO

YES

6. Contributions to political action committees (PACs)

NO

YES

7. Payment of expenses for attendance at a caucus or state/national political party convention

 NO

YES

8. Appearance of candidate at church meeting or service

YES

N/A

9. Non-partisan voter registration activities

YES

YES


10. Non-partisan voter identification activities

YES

YES

11. Non-partisan get-out-the-vote activities

YES

YES

12. Non-partisan voter education

YES

YES

13. Lobbying for or against legislation

YES

YES

14. Expenditures related to state referendums

YES

YES

15. Distribution of:

a. Candidate surveys or voter guides

b. Voting records of incumbents

c. Candidate campaign literature

 

YES

YES

NO

 

YES

YES

YES

16. Distribution by others of political materials in church parking lots

YES

N/A

17. Rental of church membership lists at regular rates

YES

N/A

18. Rental of church facilities at regular rates

19. Church publications:

a. Political ads at regular rates

b. News stories about candidates or campaigns

c. Editorials endorsing or opposing candidates

YES

 

 YES

YES

NO

N/A