May 4, 2017
NOTE: Later on May 4, Public Citizen sent an updated press release about the executive order. You can find it here.
Public Citizen to Sue Trump Over Religious Executive Order
Statement of Robert Weissman, President of Public Citizen
Note: Today, President Donald Trump signed an executive order attempting to fulfill his promise to “destroy” the Johnson Amendment – the law protecting churches and other 501(c)(3)s from partisan manipulation.
This executive order may go down in history as the Citizens United of church/state separation in the context of political spending. We are quickly reviewing the terms of the executive order, which we believe is not legally valid, and plan promptly to sue to block its implementation.
Trump’s action threatens another “Citizens United moment,” with elections subjected to a whole new tsunami of secret and unaccountable money.