Magazine article Church & State

Robertson Law Group Buys Building Next to Supreme Court. (People & Events)

Magazine article Church & State

Robertson Law Group Buys Building Next to Supreme Court. (People & Events)

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TV preacher Pat Robertson's legal arm, the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) is moving to Washington, D.C., into offices across the street from the Supreme Court.

According to a report in Legal Times, the ACLJ paid $5 million for a 6,000-square-feet building at 201 Maryland Avenue. The group is spending an additional $1 million to rehabilitate the building.

Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for the ACLJ, said the purchase came courtesy of a generous donor. He would not name the donor but said it was not Robertson.

Robertson founded the group in 1990 to be a legal counterpoint to his archnemesis, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Even the ACLJ's name was designed to play off the ACLU's famous acronym. Sekulow had hoped that the move near the Supreme Court would tweak the ACLU in other ways, since that group for many years also had offices across the street from the Supreme Court.

Sekulow was apparently not aware that the ACLU recently moved its office to another neighborhood in Washington.

In other news about Robertson and the Religious Right:

* The Christian Coalition has joined forces with an anti-abortion telephone company to raise funds. Under the arrangement, the Coalition is urging members to switch local or long-distance phone service to Pro Life Communications, a St. Charles, Mo.-based company. The firm in turn gives the Coalition a cut of the profits.

Robertson severed his ties to the Coalition in 2000, and the group, once a powerhouse in conservative politics, has fallen on hard times. …

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