Senate Inquiry Targets Televangelists

UNDATED (AP) -- The top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee says he has launched an investigation into alleged financial wrongdoing involving some prominent televangelists.

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley has sent letters requesting information from the ministries of Randy and Paula White, Joyce Meyer, Kenneth Copeland, Benny Hinn, Creflo Dollar and Bishop Eddie Long.

His letter seeks information about their ministries' expenses, executive compensation and amenities given to executives.

In a statement, Grassley says he's concerned about allegations that the ministries' governing boards are not independent and may be approving lavish lifestyles.

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