Even as far back as the Scopes trial, the ACLU was up to its usual antics. The Birdman has a great post on this at his site.
Here's a short excerpt: "Forgotten in all of this was John T. Scopes. What did Mr. Scopes get out of this spectacle? Most accounts say that he gave up teaching, attempting to leave the impression that Scopes was hounded out of the profession by the strain of the case. Actually, the ACLU paid for Scopes to attend graduate school at the University of Chicago. This expensive perk is left unmentioned by most of those who comment on the trial. Scopes became a successful petroleum engineer in later years."