Televangelist Benny Hinn asks for $2M in donations

Associated Press/August 30, 2010

Santa Ana, California - Televangelist Benny Hinn has posted a plea for $2 million in donations on his website.

Hinn says he accumulated the deficit in the past few months because offerings at some international appearances did not cover expenses.

Hinn's reputation as an advocate of prosperity gospel has attracted millions of followers but has also drawn criticism from lawmakers and watchdog groups.

He is one of six televangelists who have been targeted by federal lawmakers investigating compliance with IRS rules for nonprofits.

Hinn has said on his website that external auditors ensure his compliance with IRS regulations and that in 2008, 88 percent of the money he collected was spent on ministry.

Benny Hinn Ministries is based in Texas and operates a church and television studio in Southern California.

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