Sunday, November 18, 2012

ADF attorney charged with five counts of sexual exploitation of children

Jim Burroway of Box Turtle Bulletin reports the arrest for possession of child pornography and other charges of Lisa Biron, an attorney "associated" (there are thousands) with the right-wing activist legal organization which now calls itself Alliance Defending Freedom but which used to be known as the Alliance Defense Fund.
     Biron was arrested by the FBI and charged with transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, possession of child pornography and five counts of sexual exploitation of children.

     Here's an example of ADF's tactics, in a smear of the ACLU's Don't Filter Me campaign which ensures that right-wing school administrators don't get away with blocking nonporn gay sites like that of It Gets Better or The Trevor Project while simultaneously allowing access to so-called "reparative therapy" ex-gay sites:

     In 2009, the ADF offered free legal representation to county recorder offices in Iowa who refused to issue marriage licenses under the state’s new gay marriage law because of “rights of conscience.” 
     In 2012, the ADF tried to short-circuit Omaha's passage of municipal LGBT antibias legislation via a state law, LB912, similar to one written in Tennessee by the ADF, which voided Nashville's LGBT protection ordinance.
     LB912, introduced by State Senator Beau McCoy of Elkhorn, died quickly in the Judiciary Committee, thanks to Brenda Council and Brad Ashford. You can see ADF Senior Counsel, Byron Babione's testimony urging LB912's passage below.

In its 2010 filings, the ADF told the IRS it did no political lobbying. Presumably it will not make the same claim about its activities in 2012. Or 2011, considering its actions in Tennessee.

Locally, ADF efforts have been buoyed by over $200,000 in financial support over the years by the Bill and Berniece Grewcock Foundation. Grewcock is a multimillionaire former executive of Peter Kiewit and a donor to many radical right-wing groups, including the Family Research Council, a group so virulently (and dishonestly) antigay that it has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
     The Grewcocks gave the ADF at least $120,000 through 2006 and another $100,000 in 2008.

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