Some excellent reporting in The Guardian tells how attorneys general in two states are looking into “charities” run by skeezy right wing religiofascist American Taliban bigwig Jay Sekulow — who happens to be one of Donald Trump’s personal lawyers.
Josh Stein, the attorney general of North Carolina, and Eric Schneiderman, the attorney general of New York, said on Wednesday they would be examining the operations of Jay Sekulow’s group Christian Advocates Serving Evangelism (Case).
Stein said in a statement: “The reports I’ve read are troubling. My office is looking into this matter.”
Amy Spitalnick, a spokeswoman for Schneiderman, said in an email: “We’re reviewing their filings.”
The Democratic state law enforcement officials acted following the disclosure that Case and an affiliate have since 2000 paid more than $60m in compensation and contracts to Sekulow, his relatives and companies where they hold senior roles.
Nonprofits are forbidden by law from giving excess benefits to the people responsible for running them. Case’s board is dominated by Sekulow and his family. The group is registered with state authorities to operate and raise funds in 39 states plus Washington DC, according to its last available IRS filing. It is closely entwined with American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), another Sekulow nonprofit.
Hmmm… Sekulow? ACLJ? Those names sound familiar for some rea…
NOW we remember… I posted this in October 2012 as “The Liberal Grouch” on Democratic Underground.
When the American Center for Law and Justice signed a “Friend of the Court” brief in an attempt to extend the life of Terri Schaivo in their lawsuit against the state of Florida, one of the signatures at the bottom was that of noted Constitutional Attorney James M. Henderson, Sr. His name was also on a “Friend of the Court” brief filed in the case of Bush v. Gore in which he sided with the team urging the US Supreme Court to reverse the Florida Supreme Court’s decision to restart the recount. Now a Senior Counsel with the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) and Adjunct Professor of Law at Regent University School of Law — the university founded by Pat Robertson — Conservative stalwart James M. Henderson, Sr., seems like an unlikely person to be tied into a gay sex scandal with several young men.
Yet that would seem to be the information uncovered by an investigation published Monday night, Sept. 24, by an online group of anonymous writers publishing under the name “Exposed Politics”.
(Editor’s note: I recall working with this fine, now-defunct website on this story. My long-dead blog the Patriot-Ombudsman covered this story in tandem with the writers at “Exposed Politics.”)
The website doesn’t rely on hearsay or innuendo. They have pictures. They have video. They have chat transcripts.
The arch-Conservative, staunchly-Christian ACLJ states its mission “is dependent upon God and the resources He provides through the time, talent, and gifts of people who share our concerns and desire to protect our religious and constitutional freedoms.” Yes, this is the same ACLJ that trumpeted in June that they would “defend free speech in the blogosphere” by “representing top conservative bloggers targeted for harassment.”
The ACLJ is representing Ali Akbar, a top blogger and president of the National Bloggers Club, a coalition of 300 conservative bloggers who reach millions of readers. Akbar has seen his mother’s home photographed and placed on the internet. He has also received formal notification that he may soon be sued for publishing truthful information about radical liberals and their wealthy donors.
“I’m grateful for the support of the ACLJ, and I’m confident we’ll defeat any and all legal challenges to our fundamental right to free speech,” said Akbar. “We will not be deterred in our quest for the truth.
Akbar has been mentioned by the Legal Schnauzer blog and others as having a possible gay relationship with Karl Rove. Akbar refuses to either confirm or deny these allegations and Rove has remained silent on the subject, although a photoshopped image of Akbar made available for sale was ordered removed this summer from Zazzle’s shelves by “Karl Rove & Co.” claiming “intellectual property rights” to the image.
Among other “Friends of the Court” briefs signed onto by Henderson and the ACLJ and argued before the Supreme Court include “The Child Pornography Prevention Act” and “The Child Online Protection Act.” So how does someone with such rock-solid Conservative credentials find himself allegedly outed by a young man with a cell phone camera?
An anonymous tip led Exposed Politics to what could be Mr. Henderson’s “nom de Facebook” — Kyle Johnson. If you click the link, this is all you will see.
Nothing. Scrubbed Clean.
Figuring this would be the case, we took the precaution of getting screencaps last night.
Check out the photos and videos at Exposed Politics or the Patriot-Ombudsman to see for yourself.
If confirmed, this could be devastating information for this Conservative stalwart, a member of the New Hope Church in Lorton, Virginia, where he works in Youth Ministry.
One of his duties at the church, according to the church’s Facebook page, was conducting youth seminars.
As we recall, Sekulow took his dear, sweet time dismissing Henderson from his righteous presence. Must have figured it wouldn’t help in his scamming of fellow Christians to have a fellow like Mr. Henderson hanging around convenience stores and parking lots looking for lads in all the wrong places.