An unbreakable law of conservative politics is that every Republican running for something will have had, at some point, either their own far-right radio talk show or a side business that looks reeeeeeally dodgy when you start to examine it too closely.
If you look at Caleb Moore’s resume, his current position is assistant executive director at the Foundation for Moral Law, the organization founded by his father, Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore. […]
But if you ask the foundation, he is not an employee there and hasn’t been one, at least for the past year.
The story gets odder from there. Either Roy Moore’s son Caleb is an “assistant executive director” of Roy Moore’s FML, or he is an entry-level underling, or he is a nobody. (Caleb achieved some fame of his own for his history of domestic violence, drug charges, and other arrests. Given that pa has dedicated his life to telling the rest of America how to Jesus, even being willing to break the law and ignore the Supreme Court to do it, this … well, makes perfect sense, actually.)
Aside from an utter lack of confusion as to who works for the Foundation and what they do there, there’s a far more curious thing about Moore’s FML. It seems to be quite the cash cow for Roy Moore:
The foundation has been lucrative for Roy Moore. He collected more than $1 million total ― for part-time work ― as president from 2007-2012, which was far more than what the nonprofit disclosed in its tax filings.
Tax experts told The Washington Post that the foundation was suspicious because it may violate tax rules that prohibit the use of a charity for the private benefit of an individual. A board member acknowledged that it is basically run by the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court and his family.
A million bucks in a half-decade—for “part-time work?” A million bucks that wasn’t disclosed in the Foundation’s filings? Huh. Oh, and it gets even worse than that.
It turns out that Roy Moore has his own “charity” organization up to their eyeballs in debt—to him, personally.
When the charity couldn’t afford the full amount, Moore in 2012 was given a promissory note for back pay eventually worth $540,000 or an equal stake of the charity’s most valuable asset, a historic building in Montgomery, Ala., mortgage records show. He holds that note even now, a charity official said.
We have all been alarmed by the thought that Alabama Republicans would foist the odious Roy Moore onto the national scene, but at this point one wonders if Moore would make it to the swearing-in statement before being himself indicted. Setting up a charity and using it to pay yourself a million bucks plus part of the deed to the building the charity’s run from is not, in general, the way supposed charitable foundations are supposed to be run.
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