Long-Running Investigation of Televangelists Prompts ... No New Law Suggestions

Five years after "Grassley Six" inquiry began, ECFA-appointed commission advises better enforcement of existing laws.

(Update: Bob Smietana of The Tennessean has a helpful roundup of reactions to the commission's report.)

In 2007, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) began investigating six major Christian ministries for "possible misuse of donations."

Five years later, the Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations (CAPRO) released a 91-page report today with 43 recommendations aimed at increasing financial accountability by religious and nonprofit organizations–without requiring excessive new regulations.

The report offers no mandates and concludes that increased financial accountability by ministries does not require "harsh or excessive legislation or regulation," according to commission chairman Mike Batts. Instead, CAPRO recommends better enforcement of existing laws, as well as increased education for nonprofit leaders about those laws.

The report is the culmination of a national effort by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) to investigate ...

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