Roy Moore-connected foundation's back pay to Senate candidate, second mortgage raise questions

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The Foundation for Moral Law took out a second mortgage to pay Moore about $500,000 in back pay as it was losing a big

As the Foundation for Moral Law fought - unsuccessfully - a lawsuit against it by a firm that helped the nonprofit raise money, the organization with ties to U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore took out a second mortgage on its Montgomery building to pay Moore years of back pay, federal court filings and Montgomery County probate records showed.

Meanwhile, it remains unclear years later who paid the $465,000 judgement against the foundation because the organization has not filed its taxes since 2014 and didn't report the payment in its most recently filed tax returns.

Kayla Moore, Moore's wife and head of the foundation, did not return calls from AL.com seeking comment.

After Moore was removed as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in 2003 for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments statue from the Alabama Judicial Building, the foundation headed by his wife viewed the controversy as a fundraising opportunity, according to court documents. It hired InfoCision, an Ohio-based firm that got its start in fundraising for Christian organizations, to help the foundation seek donors.

But InfoCision sued the foundation in 2008 for breach of contract for not paying its bills. The court case lasted five years, with a judge ultimately ruling that the foundation was on the hook for more than $465,000.

But as the lawsuit was playing out, the foundation took out a second mortgage on its Dexter Avenue building in August 2011 for $367,000 to pay Roy Moore, who was then the foundation's president.

That amount roughly mirrors $348,000 that an Ohio jury originally ordered the foundation to pay to Infocision just six months later.

As the judgement increased after years of court wrangling, so too did the second mortgage and money owed by the foundation to Roy Moore.

In December 2011, the foundation upped the second mortgage to $498,000. Two months later, a federal judge agreed with InfoCision's request to add nearly $120,000 in pre-judgement interest, increasing the judgement to more than $465,000.

InfoCision acknowledged in 2013 that the foundation paid the judgment, but the foundation did not reflect the payment in its tax returns for 2013 or 2014 -- the latest year the foundation filed.

Because the judgement is not in the foundation's tax records, it's unclear whether the organization paid it directly or if Moore a third party did so.

Moore is in a runoff with incumbent Sen. Luther Strange in the Republican special election fill Jeff Sessions' seat. Shortly after he resigned as chief justice for a second time in April, Moore announced his candidacy for the seat. He came in first during last month's special election but failed to reach the 50 percent plus one vote threshold to win the GOP nomination outright.

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