Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, provided an update this week on his correspondence with several media-based ministries about issues related to their tax-exempt status, indicating that some ministries have not been answering his questions.

Creflo and Taffi Dollar of World Changers Church International, also known as Creflo Dollar Ministries, have declined to provide any of the requested information, he noted. Grassley's staff has engaged the church's attorneys in conversations, but the attorneys have indicated that the church's decision not to respond remains the same (see Grassley, Baucus Urge Ministries to Cooperate).

Randy and Paula White of Without Walls International Church provided answers to only some of Grassley's questions, as did Kenneth and Gloria Copeland of Kenneth Copeland Ministries. Eddie L. Long Ministries provided only general information about its operations, in addition to copies of its articles of incorporation and bylaws.

However, Grassley said he did receive complete responses from the other two ministries he questioned: Joyce Meyer Ministries and Benny Hinn of World Healing Center Church.

"The ministries that continue not to cooperate appear to be heeding the advice of attorneys who are not familiar with congressional oversight in general and specifically the Finance Committee's oversight and legislative work in the area of tax-exempt organizations over the last seven years," said Grassley (pictured) in a statement. "These attorneys, who aren't part of the ministries themselves, have a natural incentive to prolong the process as long as possible."

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