Roy Moore is pitching himself as the fiscally conservative candidate in the special senate election, but the public facts and figures of his charity paints a different picture.
Moore, the former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice, has been associated with the Foundation for Moral Law (FML) for years, and anyone who has taken a gander at the charity’s ledger would be justified in questioning him when he touts his “fiscal responsibility.”
FML has run a deficit for six of the past seven years, which peaked at over $400,000 in 2011, one of the many years Moore served as its president.
While charities aren’t supposed to be in the business of making money, Alabama voters have reason to pause over the the fact Moore ran FML into the red while simultaneously pulling out a million bucks in donated money to pay his and his wife’s salaries for working only 20 hours a week.
Surely Moore could have taken a pay cut to keep the charity’s finances in order, but his exorbitant pay on the backs of hardworking people who thought they were funding a Christian organization is just one of many examples of his money foibles.
Take the charity’s office building in downtown Montgomery, for instance.
That cost FML $445,130, not to mention the hundreds of thousands in renovations. Seriously, these renovation receipts are about as un-Alabama as it can get. Among the questionable expenditures that are raising eyebrows $16,000 for drapes, $1,812 on credenzas, and a clock for two grand. These are while the charity was running a deficit.
The voters will have a say in a few weeks and they need to make it with hard and fast facts not slogans. Roy Moore may be saying he’s a real fiscal conservative but his drapes and debt says otherwise.