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I first ran across Jay Sekulow's name in the late 1980s because of his ties to Operation Rescue-type groups.  In 1990, he and Pat Robertson started the ACLJ, American Center for Law and Justice, a name chosen specifically to mimic the ACLU.  He's also been said to have been a prime mover in getting John Roberts on the Supreme Court.

Jay Sekulow: The Man Pumping the IRS Scandal on Network TV Sits At the Center of a Web of Nonprofits That Have Paid Him, His Family and Related Businesses $40 Million Since 1998

Jay Sekulow will never be accused of a lack of audacity. The man who has orchestrated and pumped the “scandal” that the IRS was unfairly targeting nonprofits tied to the Tea Party, is the same man who filed 27 applications with the IRS in recent years seeking tax-exempt status for Tea Party and related groups.
In the early days of the IRS controversy, Jay Sekulow was a major source of information for network news...
From May 14 onward, he has been interviewed repeatedly by Fox News’ commentators presenting his side of the “scandal”: interviewers included Megyn Kelly, Sean Hannity, Eric Bolling, and Jeanine Pirro...
In Sekulow’s interview with Megyn Kelly on Fox News, Kelly concedes just who it is that has been pushing this story, saying: “I tip my hat to you Jay because you and Mark Levin have really been the motivating forces behind this whole thing…”
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