Mike Pompeo joins Jay Sekulow at the American Center for Law and Justice

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Mike Pompeo becomes Senior Counsel for Global Affairs at the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), a non-profit group group whose chief counsel is Trump impeachment attorney Jay Sekulow.

Sekulow and employee Colby May are both members of the Council for National Policy. Like CNP, the American Center for Law and Justice is a religion-based conservative group. It was founded in 1990 by former CNP president Pat Robertson as a right-wing platform to take on the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

The ACLJ came under scrutiny in January 2020 when reports surfaced that the non-profit was used to funnel $65 million to Sekulow, his companies, and his family over the span of 10 years.

Charity watchdogs for years have raised concerns about the blurred lines between for-profit businesses tied to Sekulow and the complex web of non-profit entities he and his family control.

The Associated Press reviewed 10 years of tax returns for the ACLJ and other charities tied to Sekulow, which are released to the public under federal law. The records from 2008 to 2017, the most recent year available, show that more than $65 million in charitable funds were paid to Sekulow, his wife, his sons, his brother, his sister-in-law, his nephew and corporations they own.

Associated Press

Additionally, Sekulow is just one of six ACLJ lawyers who worked on Trump’s first impeachment defense team. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, the ACLJ is not legally allowed to engage in partisan political activities.

External Sources

ACLJ Press Release (Archived)

Associated Press (Archived)

Washington Post (Archived)

ACLJ vs. ACLU (Archived)

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