Jay Sekulow’s Nonprofit Accused of Using Donations for Personal Interests
Washington DC: June 29, 2017. Jay Sekulow, the chief legal counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), recently came under scrutiny for allegedly using donations to a nonprofit he also runs for personal interests.
The Guardian made the accusations against Sekulow, claiming that the nonprofit he was running in 2009, called Christian Advocates Serving Evangelism (Case) kept back nearly $60 million in donations which Sekulow used for his own personal interests and the interests of his family members.
Relevant reports that the nonprofit allegedly employed telemarketers to pressure Christians who were already in difficult financial situations to donate more money to Case. According to the journalists at the Guardian, however, these funds did not go to the work of the nonprofit, but instead went into Sekulow’s pocket.
The situation is complicated further because Sekulow is an attorney on President Trump’s legal team.
“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.
Arthur Rieman, who is the managing attorney at the California-based Law Firm for Nonprofits, agreed: “I can’t imagine this situation being acceptable. That kind of money is practically unheard of in the nonprofit world, and these kinds of transactions I could never justify.”