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Jay "Succubus" #Sekulow, @ACLJ Chief Counsel, Trump's counsel, and graduate of P.T. Barnum's "Let's Milk the Suckers" University, worked his ass off to ingratiate himself with the foible-laden administration of George W. Bush.
I know. I was there.
Prior to my unceremonious termination by the @ACLJ, I served as Senior Counsel with the ACLJ from 1993 until 2012. For the entirety of that time, I represented ACLJ's clients from our office in DC, a decade of that time in our Capitol Hill office.
Here's one example.

At the ACLJ, we were NOT AT ALL involved in campaign finance-related issues. We did represent churches threatened with loss of tax exempt status over pulpit commentary about elections.
We did NOT involve ourselves in lobbying about, writing about, or litigating campaign finance regulations and laws.

Yet, in 2002, as I sat at my desk, I received a call from Jay Sekulow.

"Jim, we've got to file a lawsuit challenging the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act."
Congress was on the cusp of passing, and George W. Bush was on the cusp of signing, the campaign law.

"I want you to take a look at the legislation. See what you can find."



I'm an attorney that has focused on free speech and freedom of religion, but whatever.
So I dug in and studied the damn law.

Honestly, it took a fair bit of studying because the bulk of the law was very far outside my wheelhouse of free speech and freedom of religion theory and practice.
Then I found Section 318 of the Act. It imposed a complete ban on donations by minors to federal candidates. We represented minors and their parents FREQUENTLY in disputes over bible studies and prayer groups, and evangelism activities, in public schools.
This was a natural fit for us.

I explained Section 318 to #Sekulow, and how it was a good fit for us. With the aid of a friend and client, we found six minors who were impacted by the law. I represented them in a legal challenge before a three-judge district court.
I drafted the legal documents in our suit, including the complaint, discovery documents, and legal briefs. I argued the case before the judges. The judges concluded that the complete ban on donations violated the rights of minors. The United States appealed to the Supreme Court.
I wrote our brief at the Supreme Court and prepared @JaySekulow for his oral argument. #SCOTUS sustained my trial court victory.

I mention this case because, candidly, there is NO REASON in particular why we should have involved ourselves in the dispute.
No reason except that @JaySekulow was regularly meeting with Bush's Department of Justice officials. He told me that, during one such meeting, one of those officials had said to him, "you guys need to be involved in challenging the BCRA."
Sekulow pushed our collective heads into the darkened rectal cavity of the Bush-Ashcroft DOJ, as he did with the PATRIOT Act. His goal wasn't a judicial nomination. Folks that don't know Sekulow think that he would want to be on the Supreme Court or a federal appeals court.
Jay doesn't care that much for the sunshine of the nomination process. In fact, when the klieg lights are turned on him, he scurries like a cockroach for cover.

An attorney associated with another nonprofit, public interest law firm reported Jay to the Virginia Bar, apparently alleging that Jay was practicing law in Virginia without a Virginia license. He freaked out.
We researched the question for him and showed him that what he was doing was permissible under Virginia's rules, at least arguably. But having the Virginia Bar shine its unauthorized practice beam on him really shook him.
That was just one occasion. He was also the subject of at least two major investigative news stories about the financial irregularities.
Those irregularities included 40-60 million dollars of donations passed through the ACLJ to Sekulow, his wife, his sons, his relatives, and companies controlled by them, all under the supervision of a board of directors dominated and controlled by the Sekulows.
When those news stories broke, again, Jay went into cockroach mode, scurrying for cover, spending organization funds to buy legal opinions from compensation counsel to support his assertion that his compensation was not out of line for a nonprofit executive.
So, no, Sekulow wasn't ingratiating himself with Bush-Ashcroft with an eye toward becoming a judge.

Like any mob boss, he knew it was better to "own" a judge than to be one, and Jay desperately wanted to be part of the king-making process of judicial nominations.
So into the dark and odiferous crevices went our collective head.

Today, we are enlightened with new details on Jay's "crowning achievement," the nomination of John Roberts to be Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
We are being told that Roberts really did flip his vote on the crucial question of the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). We are told that he engaged in active horse-trading of his vote with liberal members of the Court.
Yes. You folks that DONATED your fucking hard earned money to "STAND WITH THE ACLJ" against Obamacare, I am speaking to you.
You can thank Jay Sekulow and his shameless pursuit of importance with the mockable Bush administration for having a hand in putting the puerile and disgusting John Roberts on the Supreme Court and in its Captain's chair.
#ChiefJustice #JohnRoberts is a fecal stain left by #Sekulow and his king-makers on the American Constitution.

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