Televangelists Give in to Probe Deadline

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Monday was the deadline for six television evangelists to turn over their financial records to Congress.

Bishop Eddie Long announced his ministry would cooperate with the investigation of possible abuse of federal non-profit tax laws.

Click the play button for comments from Ken Behr, president of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.

Benny Hinn, Joyce Meyer and Randy and Paula White have also indicated they are turning over their financial records to Sen. Charles Grassley's committee.

But Reverends Kenneth Copeland and Creflo Dollar said they were ignoring the deadline.

Grassley has threatened to issue subpoenas for the records of any church that does not surrender them voluntarily.

Ken Behr, president of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, said the senator has offered them confidentiality that would be lost if they miss the March 31 deadline.

Behr added that while none of the six ministries belong to ECFA, he advises them to cooperate with Grassley rather than face Senate hearings.

Source: The Associated Press

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