Did Jay Sekulow Urge Poor People to Give Money to His Christian Non-Profit So He Could Pay Millions of Dollars to Family Members?

This news on Trump lawyer and Court Evangelical Jay Sekulow is disturbing.  According to The Guardian, the document posted below is an instruction sheet for telemarketers raising money in 2009 for Sekulow’s nonprofit Christian Advocates Serving Evangelism (CASE).

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The Guardian reports:

More than 15,000 Americans were losing their jobs each day in June 2009, as the US struggled to climb out of a painful recession following its worst financial crisis in decades.

But Jay Sekulow, who is now an attorney to Donald Trump, had a private jet to finance. His law firm was expecting a $3m payday. And six-figure contracts for members of his family needed to be taken care of.

Documents obtained by the Guardian show Sekulow that month approved plans to push poor and jobless people to donate money to his Christian nonprofit, which since 2000 has steered more than $60m to Sekulow, his family and their businesses.

Telemarketers for the nonprofit, Christian Advocates Serving Evangelism (Case), were instructed in contracts signed by Sekulow to urge people who pleaded poverty or said they were out of work to dig deep for a “sacrificial gift”.

“I can certainly understand how that would make it difficult for you to share a gift like that right now,” they told retirees who said they were on fixed incomes and had “no extra money” – before asking if they could spare “even $20 within the next three weeks”.

In addition to using tens of millions of dollars in donations to pay Sekulow, his wife, his sons, his brother, his sister-in-law, his niece and nephew and their firms, Case has also been used to provide a series of unusual loans and property deals to the Sekulow family.

Attorneys and other experts specialising in nonprofit law said the Sekulows risked violating a federal law against nonprofits paying excessive benefits to the people responsible for running them. Sekulow declined to detail how he ensured the payments were reasonable.

“This is all highly unusual, and it gives an appearance of conflicts of interest that any nonprofit should want to avoid,” said Daniel Borochoff, the president of CharityWatch, a Chicago-based group that monitors nonprofits.

Sekulow, 61, is the president of Case and the chief counsel of its sister organization, the American Center for Legal Justice (ACLJ). He has become one of Trump’s most vocal defenders since joining the team of attorneys representing the president amid investigations into possible ties between his campaign and Russia.

Sekulow did not respond to a series of detailed questions from the Guardian.

Read the entire piece here.  I am sure Sekulow will have his own spin on all of this.

2 thoughts on “Did Jay Sekulow Urge Poor People to Give Money to His Christian Non-Profit So He Could Pay Millions of Dollars to Family Members?

  1. I have noticed so far in the few months I have been listening to your podcasts and reading some of your posts that most of your criticisms seem pointed as evangelicals/Pentecostals voters as well as conservatives and those of the right. I haven’t notice in the two months I have been either listening or reading your stuff that you mention the abuses, lies and other misrepresentations of the left – liberal side. Are you okay with all they do. I have just started listening – started yesterday to David Barton as well to see what he teaches and to see if he talks about you in the same you talk about him. On a side note the first time I heard you speak was a podcast you did with George Wood on the influence podcast and while I do agree with much of what you said. I am looking forward to reading your book on whether America was founded as a Christian nation in the near future. I also hope to see more on your view points from a historical perspective on both sides of the political aisle as you appear to be a polical historian.

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  2. In reading the New Testament, Jesus went out of his way to make the point that the love of money/wealth was the root of all evil. He spoke about those who loved their wealth over their fellow human beings in very disparaging terms making it clear it would be very difficult for these people to enter the coming Kingdom of God. Yet we have a plethora of these contemporary “Christian” leaders who preach just the opposite with their prosperity gospel. I wonder how Sekulow will explain his behavior when he faces his eternal judgement? Claim that it was ‘fake news?’ Blame the evil Secularists? Claim an accounting error?

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