Joyce Meyer Ministries is a target of GOP senator’s probe

WASHINGTON — The top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee has launched a wide-ranging investigation into the financial dealings of six TV evangelists, including Joyce Meyer, the popular preacher who has built a $124-million-a-year empire headquartered in Fenton.

On Monday, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, asked Meyer to provide his staff with documents detailing the finances of the Joyce Meyer Ministries, including the religious group’s compensation to Meyer, her husband and other family members, as well as an accounting of their housing allowances, gifts and credit card statements for the last several years.

She was among 6 televangelists that have been asked to provide an account of expenditures, no doubt inspired by the recent backlash against Evangelical Christians. The article lists a few of Meyer’s expenses:

$23,000 marble-topped commode
$30,000 conference table
$11,219 French clock

Did I mention that these were purchased tax-exempt?