Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa sent letters to Benny Hinn Ministries of Grapevine, Kenneth Copeland Ministries in Wise County, and four others asking for “audited financial statements and information about executives’ pay and benefits, including private jets.”
The investigation was triggered by public complaints and news reports and revolves around possible abuse of the tax-exempt status.
“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,” Mr. Grassley said.
“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. People who donated should have their money spent as intended and in adherence with the tax code.”