By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Wednesday, the Washington Post released a report claiming that Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore failed to disclose $180,000 a year in secret payments from his own charity for part-time work.
The Alabama Political Reporter contacted the Moore for Senate campaign for their response. Campaign spokesman, Brett Doster, said, “Judge Roy Moore’s record of service has been according to the highest of ethical standards. This Washington Post hit piece is a part of their routine volunteer partnership with the Democratic National Committee and is just another example of the liberal media’s attack on our campaign.”
Judge Moore’s opponent, former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones (D), responded to the news with a statement: “Once again, we see that Roy Moore has put his own interests ahead of the people of Alabama. This time, Moore misled the public and charitable donors by arranging a secret deal where he pocketed more than $1 million from his charity for part-time work. Despite denying that he was taking a ‘regular salary,’ Moore secretly arranged for payments to himself of $180,000 per year and is still owed extensive back pay. It’s just more proof that Alabamians can’t trust Moore to look out for anyone except himself and will not look out for the people of Alabama in the U.S. Senate.”
The Washington Post’s Shawn Boburg and Robert O’Harrow Jr. revealed that Moore, “Once said publicly that he did not take a ‘regular salary’ from the small charity he founded to promote Christian values because he did not want to be a financial burden. But privately, Moore had arranged to receive a salary of $180,000 a year for part-time work at the Foundation for Moral Law, internal charity documents show. He collected more than $1 million as president from 2007 to 2012, compensation that far surpassed what the group disclosed in its public tax filings most of those years.”
APR looked at the report, and it appears that Moore did receive compensation for his work for the Foundation, as the Foundation reported in its filings. What we are confused about is what is new to this story? APR already knew this; it was reported on by us and virtually every other news source with an interest in this race. The Senate Leadership Fund spent in excess of $10 million on commercials telling everybody with a TV or radio that the Moores were compensated by the Foundation for their work. Yes – Moore created the Foundation on Moral Law, and yes – the Foundation paid Moore and his wife, Kayla, for their services; but the compensation appears to be fair compared to what other foundation administrators and legal counsels make, not to mention spokespersons. Nobody is denying that the Foundation actually performed legal work and contributed actual amicus briefs for cases all over Alabama and beyond attempting to advance the causes of traditional marriage and the public acknowledgment of God. The voters were already informed of all of this in the Republican primary and Republican primary runoff, but they elected Moore anyway.
Moore and Jones will face each other on December 12, 2017, in the special general election.