Lawmaker Eyes Televangelists

11:14 PM, Jan 17, 2008   |    comments
Rev. Creflo Dollar (file photo)
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Senator Charles Grassley, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, is preparing another round of letters to Christian television ministries, prodding them to answer questions about their spending and the way they are governed. At the same time, an aide to the committee's Democratic chairman indicated it would be in the ministries' best interest to cooperate with the Iowa Republican's investigation. Two of the ministers, Creflo Dollar and Bishop Eddie Long, both based in suburban Atlanta, have refused to cooperate. Missouri-based Joyce Meyer Ministries pledged full cooperation and has turned over documents. A Texas ministry led by Kenneth Copeland also has turned over information, although the extent of the group's cooperation isn't clear. Grassley started his probe of the ministries in early November but has met resistance from some within the evangelical establishment who question whether it violates principles of separation of church and state.

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