The White House entered full defense mode Tuesday after new documents have come to light revealing that Trump attorney Jay Sekulow gained his money over the last decade or so by pressuring poor and unemployed people to give money to the Christian nonprofit he runs.
While no one should be surprised anymore when someone within Trump’s inner circle does something unconstitutional or borderline criminal, the latest revelation could bring even more scrutiny into the already chaotic Trump administration.
According to the document, telemarketers working for Christian Advocates Serving Evangelism, the nonprofit that Sekulow owned, were entrusted within contracts to urge people who claimed they were poor or not currently working to dig deep in order to receive a “sacrificial gift.” These contracts were signed by Jay Sekulow, making it evident that he was aware of this taking place.
Retirees and the elderly who said that they were on fixed incomes and did not have the money to spare were told,“I can certainly understand how that would make it difficult for you to share a gift like that right now.” They then went on to ask these unassuming people if they had “even $20 within the next three weeks” that they could part with.
Several attorneys and other experts who specialize in nonprofit law have stated that the Sekulows could have violated a federal law that prohibits nonprofits paying out extravagant benefits to the person in charge of running them.
Daniel Borochoff, the president of CharityWatch, a group that monitors nonprofits, stated: “This is all highly unusual, and it gives an appearance of conflicts of interest that any nonprofit should want to avoid.”
Sekulow declined to give out exact numbers and details and has failed to elaborate on how he made sure that they payments were reasonable.
You can see a copy of the script given to the telemarketers below:
Whether or not Sekulow violate the law, it is plain wrong to coerce unsuspecting folk who have a lack of income to put their scarce funds straight into your pocket in the name of God. The fact that there was a script which Sekulow signed off on speaks volumes about his character.