The Ann Arbor-based Thomas More Law Center bills itself as a “public interest law firm dedicated to the defense and promotion of the religious freedom of Christians, time-honored family values, and the sanctity of human life.” Founded in 1999 by Thomas S. Monaghan, founder of Domino’s Pizza and former Michigan prosecutor Richard Thompson, the group exists, in large part, to oppose the American Civil Liberties Union, which they accuse of working to “systematically subvert the religious and moral foundations of our nation.” As part of its religious freedom campaign, the group has oddly joined the movement to oppose the construction of a proposed mosque and community center in lower Manhattan. The group is currently challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act and has challenged the federal government’s bailout of insurance giant A.I.G, alleging that the companies activities in Sharia-compliant finance means that taxpayer funds are being used to promote Islamic holy war. The Thomas More Law Center is affiliated with Monaghan’s Ave Maria Foundation, which has financed most of its activities.
Ave Maria Foundation: $4,099,712
public – general support $500,000 12/31/2004
public – general support $1,003,484 12/31/2003
public – general support $1,374,715 12/31/2002
public – general support $1,221,513 12/31/2001