WilmerHale Gets Obama's Church Off IRS Hook

, The American Lawyer

Lawyers from WilmerHale have won the dismissal of an IRS case against United Church of Christ, Sen. Barack Obama's denomination. The IRS initiated an investigation early this year after a speech by Obama at a 50th anniversary celebration of the church last June. It was a reference by Obama to his presidential candidacy in a talk otherwise focused on faith that caught the agency's attention. Tax laws prohibit nonprofits -- including churches -- from engaging in political speech or promoting candidates.

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