Thursday, September 8, 2011
The Tennessean reports that Jay Sekulow, legal advocate for religious freedom on behalf of evangelical Protestant groups, and his family and businesses have received more than $33 million over the past dozen or so years from two charities, the American Center for Law and Justice and Christian Advocates Serving Evangelism. The article details millions of dollars in total payments to the law firm co-owned by Sekulow, to Gary Sekulow (Jay Sekulow's brother), and to a private jet leasing company owned by Jay Sekulow and another private jet leasing company owned by Kim Sekulow (Jay Sekulow's sister-in-law), among others. The ACLJ has responded with a press release asserting that all of the financial relationships were reasonable and appropriate and noting that both charities were recently subject to an IRS audit that concluded no changes were required.
Hat Tip & Additional Coverage: TaxProf Blog.