Trump Lawyer Jay Sekulow Was Grifting for Jesus After the Recession - 2017-06-27
The list is a long and a proud one. Jim Bakker, off to the sneezer for mail fraud. Jimmy Swaggart, caught frequenting the illicit lady-chalices in that luxurious neighborhood called Out By The Airport. Ralph Reed, shopping the anger of his pious suckers for a fat fee to casino owners who would then sit back and watch Reed bring down the wrath of God and his Chosen Shut-Ins down on the competition and, in his spare time, running a laundromat for Jack Abramoff's money.
To this list of God's own grifters, as The Guardian reports, add the name of Jay Sekulow, defender of religious liberty, recently hired mouthpiece for President* Donald Trump, and all-around lover of other people's money.
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.