As the Aug. 15 primary for U.S. Senate gets closer, the Advertiser will periodically look at advertising spots produced by the campaigns and the claims they make.
From: Senate Leadership Fund, a political action committee aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
Summary: Ad accuses former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore of taking $1 million from a nonprofit in which he and his wife served.
Text: “Roy Moore. There’s so much more. Despite being one of the highest paid judges in the nation, raking in more than $170,000 a year, Roy Moore wanted more. So Roy Moore and his wife took over $1 million from a charity they ran, paying themselves $1 million and spending even more on travel, including a private jet. (Unidentified woman): “That’s Roy Moore. More, more for Moore.”
Context: The Senate Leadership Fund, backing Sen. Luther Strange, in the primary had been raking fire on U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, until this week, when it turned its guns on Moore, who seems likely to make the runoff election.
Claims: Moore made a little over $172,000 as chief justice in 2003, before a court removed him from the bench that year. Alabama in 2008 had among the highest judicial salaries in the nation; but outside the intermediate appellate level, the state’s judicial pay has generally fallen near state averages, according to the National Center on State Courts.
Moore joined the Foundation for Moral Law — which the IRS lists
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