Senate to Review Finances of Televangelists

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Earlier this week, six high-profile televangelists received an unexpected request from Iowa Senator Charles Grassley. The Senate Finance Committee will be investigating the financial records of the televangelists' so-called "mega-ministries," which have the same tax status as churches. The TV ministries are being asked to reveal the details of minister pay packages, expense accounts, and use of luxury cars and private jets.

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Sen. Charles Grassley, (R-IA) member of the Senate Finance Committee

Senate Inquiry Targets Televangelists

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This week, the Senate Finance Committee launched an investigation into the coffers of six so-called "mega churches."

The committee is investigating possible financial wrongdoing by six televangelists, including Benny Hinn, Creflo Dollar, Joyce Meyer, Kenneth Copeland, Paula White and Eddie Long.

NPR's Tony Cox talks with ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), about the inquiry.

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