ATLANTA (AP) _ Two Georgia ministers say they will cooperate with a request to provide information to a U.S. senator who has launched an investigation into finances of six well-known Christian ministries.
Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the top Republican on the Senate
Finance Committee, sent letters to the six this week requesting
information about their expenses, executive compensation and amenities given to executives.
Creflo Dollar Ministries of College Park and Bishop Eddie Long Ministries of Lithonia are among those named.
Dollar said in a statement that he will comply with the orders and that his church has complied with the IRS for more than a decade. Dollar said his life and ministry have always been an open book.
A spokesman for Long said he plans to fully comply with the Senate's request, and his church has ``several safeguards'' to ensure transactions comply with laws governing churches.
Grassley said he is following up on complaints from the public and news coverage. He said 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.