blog Time Hath Found Us: Conflict of Interest - Florida Supreme Court Helped Fund ACLU

July 14, 2005

Conflict of Interest - Florida Supreme Court Helped Fund ACLU

There is nothing wrong in Florida. After all, Terri Schindler-Schiavo was legally allowed to die a noble death. County probate judge George Greer, her executioner...er...uh, the fearless judge, was given the equivalent of a lifetime achievement award by the St. Petersburg Bar Association two years in a row.

Be that as it may, The Center for Reclaiming America published an article by Sam Kastensmidt on July 7, 2005 detailing how the Florida Supreme Court knowingly and purposely helped fund ACLU operations in Florida between 1990 and 1997.

The Center for Reclaiming America for Christ has uncovered documents revealing that the Florida Supreme Court is responsible for helping to fund the ACLU of Florida — using interest from legal trust funds generated by unsuspecting home buyers, heirs, and legal awards and settlements. Between 1990 and 1997, the Florida Bar Foundation (FBF), a creation of the Florida Supreme Court, provided more than $600,000 to help pay the salary of the ACLU of Florida’s legal director.

Incredibly, the Florida Supreme Court approved these appropriations, despite the fact that the Court often issues rulings in cases argued by the ACLU’s legal director. One would assume that such funding would create a conflict of interest — but not in the eyes of the Court. In a letter faxed to the Center, the FBF admitted that every instance in which it offered funding to the ACLU of Florida, it was “specifically approved from time to time by the Supreme Court of Florida.”
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The citizens of Florida deserve better. The ACLU of Florida claims that it does “not receive any government funding” and that it is “funded entirely with private donations, foundation grants, court-awarded legal fees and membership dues.”

However, the truth is that the ACLU has used the government (the Florida Supreme Court) to operate a multi-million dollar foundation which strips monies from unsuspecting Floridians so that it can fund legal efforts to oppose common sense legislation passed by the elected representatives of those same unsuspecting citizens.
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To view the Florida Bar Foundation's records of grants awarded to the ACLU of Florida, please click here.

Outrageous is too tame a word. Read the entire article HERE.

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