Trump Lawyer Jordan Sekulow — Worth Millions — Asks Americans to Donate Money During Massive Layoffs
Trump lawyer Jordan Sekulow asked Americans to donate money to the American Center Law and Justice (ACLJ) — a so-called “charity” that advances far right wing causes — while millions of Americans are becoming unemployed because of the coronavirus.
Jordan — who claims to be a Christian — claimed in his latest Twitter money beg that members of Congress would not oppose “infanticide” because they won’t support the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act proposed by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE).
There are Members of Congress that won’t stand against “infanticide.” Will you chip in $5 toward the fight for life? This is the last day of our Matching Challenge. Every gift is doubled – dollar for dollar. https://t.co/PLHmEnOYee— Jordan Sekulow (@JordanSekulow) March 31, 2020
However, the bill isn’t necessary because President George W. Bush signed the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act 2002, which already extends legal protections in the very rare cases of a live birth during an abortion procedure.
The Associated Press reported on Jan. 31 that Jordan and his dad Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow have used ACLJ donations to pay their own law firm — Constitutional Litigation and Advocacy Group — and other Sekulow family businesses $65 million from 2008 to 2017.
The ACLJ, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, is banned under IRS rules from engaging in partisan political activities. However, the Sekulows often use political issues to beg for donations and ask people to sign non-binding “petitions” to get emails and seek more donations.
The Guardian noted in 2018 that the Sekulows often use abortion to raise money for the ACLJ, which funnels the money into the Sekulow family businesses.
The Guardian reported in 2017 that attorney generals in North Carolina and New York had opened an investigation into the Sekulow family members because they comprise the ACLJ board, which formally decides to send the money into Sekulow family businesses.
Daniel Borochoff, president of the American Institute of Philanthropy, told the Associated Press, that his organization has issued a “Donor Alert” about the ACLJ:
Charities are not supposed to be taking sides in partisan political activities, such as providing legal services to benefit a politician in an impeachment trial. Regulators should investigate whether or not charitable resources, such as office, labor, equipment, etc., are being wrongly utilized to benefit Sekulow’s for-profit law firm.