Former Virginia governor slams Kamala Harris video urging votes for Terry McAuliffe
Added 10-25-21 06:29:03am EST - “Black former Gov. Douglas Wilder, D-Va., condemned the campaign of Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe for launching a video to play at Black churches in which Vice President Kamala Harris urges churchgoers…” - Foxnews.com
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Former Democratic Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder, the commonwealth's first Black governor, condemned the campaign of Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe for launching a video to play at Black churches in which Vice President Kamala Harris urges churchgoers to vote for McAuliffe after the service. Lawyers have suggested that when churches play the video, they violate Section 501(c)3 of the IRS code, potentially imperiling their tax-exempt status.
"Well, it’s very good for her to do that, causing these churches to lose their tax-exempt status," Wilder quipped in remarks to The Washington Examiner, referring to the Johnson Amendment, which bans organizations that are exempt from taxes under 501(c)3 from supporting candidates. "If this is legal, then it’s surprising to me."
"I believe that my friend Terry McAuliffe is the leader Virginia needs at this moment," Harris says in the video, which the McAuliffe campaign says 300 Black churches have agreed to play. It remains unclear whether churches have played it. "Early voting has already started, and this is the first year that you can vote on Sunday, so please vote after today's service, and if you cannot vote today, make a plan to go vote."
Gov. Douglas Wilder, D-Va., on March 8, 1991. (Photo by Maureen Keating/ CQ Roll Call via Getty Images) (Photo by Maureen Keating/ CQ Roll Call via Getty Images)
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