Posted March 26, 2008 –Three big-name televangelists who are the target of a U.S. Senate probe into the financial dealings of their ministries are running out of time to comply with a March 31 deadline to submit expense documents.
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Sen. Charles Grassley, the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, announced the investigation several months ago following reports that six of the nation’s leading TV preachers were living lives of luxury on their parishioners’ tab, while skirting federal tax codes.
Three of those ministers have been fighting the release of the documents: the Rev. Kenneth Copeland, Bishop Eddie Long and the Rev. Creflo Dollar. The Rev. Bennie Hinn, the Rev. Joyce Meyers and the Rev. Paula White have responded to the inquiry.
Dollar, who acknowledged recently that his Georgia-based church raked in a hefty $69 million last year, told reporters that he sold his Rolls-Royce but needs his private jet to carry out the Lord’s work abroad. He has argued that the IRS, not a Senate committee, has the authority to explore his church’s financial practices.
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