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When the Washington Post reported that Judge Roy Moore raked in more than a million dollars for part-time work at a Christian charity, his Democrat opponent called him "another crooked career politician." A more accurate term might've been televangelist.
After all, the politician offers a uniquely spiritual appeal and peddles a very specific brand of prosperity gospel.
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Down South during the special Alabama Senate election, Moore doesn't pressure recluses and pensioners for their bottom dollar. But the candidate asks for their vote. And Moore doesn't promise his flock of fundamentalists that he will make them healthy, wealthy, or wise. But the frontrunner says he will make Alabama and America great again. He's the less polished, more political equivalent of Joel Osteen.
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Unlike many of those televangelists, Moore's not as careful hiding his money. The man who promised that he didn't take "a regular salary" from the Foundation for Moral Law, the Post reports, made more than a million dollars from that small Christian charity he founded while serving as president from 2007 to 2012. And his Senate disclosures say he was never paid more than $200 in speaking fees when he made upwards of $150,000 in 2016 alone.
There were other perks too. According to the Post, Moore toured on the foundation's dime and billed them for his security. Famous for packing heat, the judge traveled with a bodyguard and had his own bulletproof vest tailored. Moore was apparently such an integral part of the organization that even when charitable giving dropped, they offered him real-estate.
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Measuring his life out one teaspoon at a time.