Senate inquiry targets six televangelists
Top Republican on committee looks into alleged financial wrongdoing
The top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee said Tuesday he has launched an investigation into alleged financial wrongdoing involving six well-known televangelists.
Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa sent letters to six Christian media ministries this week requesting information about their expenses, executive compensation and amenities given to executives.
"I’m following up on complaints from the public and news coverage regarding certain practices at six ministries," Grassley said in a statement. "The allegations involve governing boards that aren’t independent and allow generous salaries and housing allowances and amenities such as private jets and Rolls Royces.
"I don’t want to conclude that there’s a problem, but I have an obligation to donors and the taxpayers to find out more," Grassley said.
The organizations and their leaders are:
_ Randy and Paula White of Without Walls International Church and Paula White Ministries of Tampa, Fla.;
_ Benny Hinn of World Healing Center Church Inc. and Benny Hinn Ministries of Grapevine, Texas;
_ David and Joyce Meyer of Joyce Meyer Ministries of Fenton, Mo.;
_ Kenneth and Gloria Copeland of Kenneth Copeland Ministries of Newark, Texas;
_ Bishop Eddie Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and Bishop Eddie Long Ministries of Lithonia, Ga.;
_ Creflo and Taffi Dollar of World Changers Church International and Creflo Dollar Ministries of College Park, Ga.