GADSDEN

Roy Moore’s Nonprofit Made $77K Off ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ License Plates

Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore’s nonprofit made nearly $77,000 last year from the sale of “Don’t Tread On Me” license plates, according to the group’s new annual tax filing. Moore’s group, the Foundation for Moral Law, facilitated the creation of the license plate, which bears the famous Revolutionary-era Gadsden Flag, in 2014, and it has proved one of the most popular custom vehicle tags in Alabama. The state allows nonprofit groups to sponsor the issuance of such license plates, and FML backed the “Don’t Tread On Me” design in 2014. According to a website the group set up to promote the effort, it keeps $41.25 of the $50 each driver must spend for the tags. Moore led FML until he was elected to the Alabama Supreme Court. His wife has helmed the group since them. FML has surreptitiously paid Moore hundreds of thousands of dollars, raising questions about its tax-exempt status.

—Lachlan Markay