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Saturday January 19, 2008
Sen. 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, a spokeswoman said Thursday. 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. [video]

Thursday January 10, 2008
Most of the preachers who have been asked to give a financial accounting still have not done so. (They’re probably too busy conning their followers out of more and more money).

Tuesday December 18, 2007
The six prosperity gospel ministries under scrutiny by Republican Sen. Charles Grassley are a tough group to take on. The televangelists are veterans at outmaneuvering opponents, and in this case are even getting support from their critics.

Friday December 7, 2007
Benny HinnCreflo DollarEddie LongJoyce MeyerKenneth CopelandPaula WhiteTelevangelists:
Only two of six Christian ministries under scrutiny for allegations of opulent spending turned over documents to a Senate panel by a Thursday deadline, with others either fighting the request or asking for more time.

Benny HinnCreflo DollarEddie LongJoyce MeyerKenneth CopelandPaula WhiteTelevangelists:
Four televangelists, under investigation for the way they raise and spend money, did not turn over financial information by Thursday, the deadline set by the Senate Finance Committee, including one preacher who challenged the committee to subpoena him.

Wednesday December 5, 2007
Among the many conservative Christians who feel misunderstood by the general public, the six televangelists under investigation by a Senate committee are an embarrassment. But traditional Christians aren’t universally celebrating the inquiry.

Monday November 12, 2007
Even as media ministry has become a billion-dollar industry, it has continued to operate with little or no government oversight, critics say. An overburdened IRS and wary lawmakers have tread lightly in the face of growing questions about the financial operations of powerful and popular preachers.

Who is this guy with the temerity to try to pull back the curtain on the financial wizards that run some of the most lucrative TV ministries in the nation?

Benny HinnKenneth CopelandScientologyTelevangelistsWithout Walls International ChurchWorld Changers Church (Creflo Dollar):
Joyce Meyer calls herself a woman of God, and maybe she is, but Sen. Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican, wants to know how Meyer can justify spending $23,000 in tax-exempt religious contributions for a marble-topped commode.

Thursday November 8, 2007
Even among those who welcome the scrutiny of 6 top televangelists, there is concern over government intrusion into religion, more red tape in the name of transparency and undue burdens on preachers and churches who play strictly by the rules.

Creflo DollarTelevangelistsWorld Changers Church (Creflo Dollar):
A US senator wants to investigate money-hungry preachers. The preachers are not amused.

Wednesday November 7, 2007
Prosperity TeachingTelevangelists:
Senator Charles Grassley, the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, capped a two-year investigation on Monday by requesting financial records from six top televangelists to see whether they are helping others – or themselves. [video]

Tuesday November 6, 2007
CBS News has learned Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, is investigating six prominent televangelist ministries for possible financial misconduct.

Monday July 30, 2007
Rick JoynerTelevangelists:
Tammy Faye Messner’s remains have been buried. So, too, have Jerry Falwell’s. And, slowly the remnants of PTL are being buried, too.

Friday May 11, 2007
Tammy Faye MessnerTelevangelists:
Disgraced former televangelist Tammy Faye Messner said doctors have stopped treating her cancer and “now it’s up to God and my faith.”

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