Filed under ‘birds of a feather, flock together’.
President Donald Trump’s attorney and prominent Christian conservative lawyer Jay Sekulow is now being investigated by top lawyers in two states after a report surfaced this week claiming that millions of dollars were steered from his Christian nonprofit to himself, family members and related entities.
On Tuesday, The Guardian reported that tax records indicate that Sekulow, the chief counsel for the American Center for Law & Justice who joined Trump’s legal team amid an investigation of possible campaign ties to Russia, used a little-known Christian nonprofit called Christian Advocates Serving Evangelism to direct about $60 million to himself, family members and organizations owned by Sekulow family members through salaries and donations since the year 2000.
Headed by Sekulow, CASE is the sister organization to ACLJ, a well-known Christian conservative law firm founded by Pat Robertson that is dedicated to protecting religious and constitutional freedoms and does not charge for its services.
The Guardian reported that CASE was founded in 1988 by Sekulow after he was successful in defending the group “Jews for Jesus” in the United States Supreme Court, which gave him a platform to promote himself as a defender of Christians in the courtroom after an earlier career as a real estate attorney.
CASE has been able to raise tens of millions of dollars per year through phone and email marketing campaigns. Telemarketing contracts obtained by The Guardian indicate that fundraisers warned donors about the effects of the political left’s agenda and the efforts to “undermine traditional Christian values.” A telemarketing script obtained by The Guardian shows how fundraisers were used to pressure callers who claimed they were poor to give “sacrificial” gifts.
According to a Washington Post analysis of tax records, the ACLJ finalized an arrangement in 2011 in which donations made to the ACLJ are routed to CASE, which is solely controlled by the Sekulow family. The Post stated that the ACLJ relies on CASE for almost its entire budget, which was $53 million in 2015.
According to an infographic published with The Post’s analysis of tax filings, CASE raised over $229 million in donations from 2011 to 2015.
During that time, CASE paid Sekulow about $467,000 in salary and other compensations as its CEO and director. Meanwhile, his brother, Gary, was paid $2.6 million as the CASE COO and CFO; his wife, Pam, earned $54,000 as its secretary and treasurer; his nephew, Adam, earned $518,000 as CASE’s director of development; his son, Logan, earned $471,000 as a director; and his son, Jordan, earned $137,000 in salary as a director for CASE during those four years.
The infographic also shows that CASE made about $4.4 million in payments to Regency Productions, a private business run by Sekulow, during those four years. Meanwhile, CASE made $3.1 million in payments to PFMS, a business owned by Sekulow’s sister-in-law.
From 2011 to 2015, CASE gave the ACLJ $78 million, according to the infographic.
Grifter. And, by the way, stop giving your money to parachurch organizations. Either tithe it at your local church or find a REPUTABLE charity to give it to like St Jude’s Children’s Hospital. But don’t throw it to rich families who laugh behind your back because you’re a sucker.