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Investigation is underway for possible financial misconduct involving six popular televangelists who preach what critics call the prosperity gospel.
Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, the ranking Republican on the Senate Committee on Finance, requested on Monday that the six ministry leaders provide financial statements and records by Dec. 6 and respond to a wide range of questions regarding their personal and organizational finances.
Letters requesting for full cooperation were sent to: Paula White, Joyce Meyer, Creflo Dollar, Eddie Long, Kenneth Copeland and Benny Hinn.
Grassley is trying to determine whether the ministries are improperly using their tax-exempt status as churches to shield lavish lifestyles, according to CBS News. Religious organizations are generally exempt from federal taxes, but are required to pay taxes if they engage in for-profit businesses. The Iowa Republican said his investigation was prompted by complaints from watchdog groups and news coverage about practices at…