CBS News has learned Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, is investigating six prominent televangelist ministries for possible financial misconduct.Letters were sent Monday to the ministries demanding that financial statements and records be turned over to the committee by December 6th.According to Grassley's office, the Iowa Republican is trying to determine whether or not these ministries are improperly using their tax-exempt status as churches to shield lavish lifestyles.The six ministries identified as being under investigation by the committee are led by: Paula White, Joyce Meyer, Creflo Dollar, Eddie Long, Kenneth Copeland and Benny Hinn. Three of the six - Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland and Creflo Dollar - also sit on the Board of Regents for the Oral Roberts University.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Six Televangelists Subjects of Senate Probe
CBS News has reported today that Charles Grassley, the ranking Republican member of the Senate Finance Committee, has asked for financial statements and records from six high-profile televangelists in order to investigate them for possible illegalities. Here is a section from the CBS report entitled "Senate Panel Probes 6 Top Televangelists":