Sen. Raphael Warnock’s church could face subpoena over failed response on charitable operations

Sen. Raphael Warnock’s church could face subpoena over failed response on charitable operations

Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock’s church could soon be hit with a subpoena for failing to answer a legal inquiry into its charitable operations.

The Georgia Secretary of State’s Securities and Charities Division has demanded the Ebenezer Building Foundation — a foundation run the Democratic pol’s Ebenezer Baptist Church — explain its charitable status within the state, Fox News reported

“The Division’s records indicate that Ebenezer Building Foundation, Inc […] is not registered as a charitable organization with the State of Georgia,” the Securities and Charities Division wrote in an Oct. 12 letter. 

The letter added that the foundation could be slapped with hefty administrative penalties if it is found to be soliciting charitable contributions or operating as a charitable organization in Georgia without an active registration or applicable exemption.

Officials are now mulling whether to subpoena the foundation if the state’s inquiries remain unanswered, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

Warnock, whose January 2021 victory helped Democrats secure control of the Senate, already has a lot on his plate. He is facing a runoff to retain his seat on Dec. 6 against Republican Herschel Walker, the former NFL and USFL star who’s backed by former President Donald Trump.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and the Securities and Charities Division has demanded Ebenezer Baptist Church explain its charitable status within the state.
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He is also the senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church and a principal officer of the Ebenezer Building Foundation.

Neither the church nor the foundation replied in writing by the Nov. 2 deadline. 

Ebenezer Baptist Church, which pays Warnock a $7,417 monthly housing allowance as its senior pastor, is 99% owner of the Columbia Tower at MLK Village, where residents have received eviction notices for owing as little as $25.88 in past-due rent, the Free Beacon reported.

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