Hinn Turns Over Material to Senate Panel

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Texas-based religious broadcaster Benny Hinn is turning over all of his financial records to the Senate Finance Committee, an aide to Iowa Republican senator Charles Grassley said.

Grassley is heading the investigation into the spending practices of six ministries, including Hinn's.

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Jill Gerber, Grassley's spokewoman, said it was too soon to characterize the documents from Hinn, but added that Hinn's representatives say "they want to be cooperative and transparent," and understood Grassley's position.

Three of the ministries, including Crefflo Dollar, Bishop Eddie Long and Kenneth Copeland so far have refused to cooperate.

Grassley has said he doesn't think he'll need to resort to subpoenas to get the information. But he hasn't ruled them out, he said.

Copeland mailed a letter to supporters this month accusing Grassley of targeting the six ministries because of theological disagreements. Grassley has denied the charge. The Iowa senator has said he is concerned with tax-exempt regulations, not theology.

Copeland said the ministry fully complies with all laws, and pledged that he would go to jail before turning over names of donors.

"The enemy is not going to steal what the Lord has won through this ministry, and he is not going to use this attack to bring harm to the rest of the churches and ministries in America!" Copeland wrote.

In a statement Monday, Grassley's office said it received about three-dozen calls from Copeland supporters echoing the letter's message. The statement said Copeland's response has fallen "far short," and that while lines of communications are open, "additional steps in the congressional review" also would be considered.

The ministry of Paula and Randy White has also failed to send in their records. Only Hinn and Joyce Meyer Ministries have cooperated fully with the investigation.

Source: The Associated Press

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