Report: Trump Attorney Jay Sekulow Got Rich Selling Fear To Low Income Americans
Jay Sekulow, a member of Trump’s impeachment legal team, used his nonprofit to steer tens of millions of dollars to himself, his family, and their businesses, according to The Guardian.
Sekulow’s group, Christian Advocates Serving Evangelism (CASE), was investigated by Josh Stein, the attorney general of North Carolina, and Eric Schneiderman, the attorney general of New York, in 2017.
A public disclosure stated that CASE and an affiliate had since 2000 paid more than $60 million 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’s family and the group was registered to operate and raise funds in 39 states as well as Washington DC.
Sekulow approved a plan to press low-income people for donations beginning in 2009, and instructed the telemarketers for CASE to make forceful requests for money.
The forceful requests were often scripted and delivered frightening warnings about a variety of issues, such as depicting Christians in the U.S. as under siege from both Muslim terrorists and a liberal political elite led by a president supposedly desperate to increase the national abortion rate -- a sly reference to former President Barack Obama.
“Islamic extremists are headed in your direction, and you are most likely the main target,” Sekulow told people in a recorded message used in fundraising calls in 2011.
People receiving calls in 2010 who declined to donate on the grounds that they could generally not afford to contribute were told: “I wouldn’t call if this weren’t an absolute emergency,” and that abortions would be funded by Obamacare. “Just in the time that we’ve talked, three more innocent babies have lost their lives,” said the marketer’s script. If the person on the line was still resistant to donating, they were to be told: “Millions of lives may be at stake.”