Russell & Rutherfraud knew they were on to a winner when they started and then re-branded their cult business empire. Businessmen first, charlatans second - nothing more, nothing less.
I can't get my around such institutions being allowed to keep their finances secret. Has Wikipedia got something wrong here?
"A nonprofit is tax exempt under 501(c)(3) requirements if it is either a religious, charitable, or educational based organization.
The key aspects of nonprofits is accountability, trustworthiness, honesty, and openness to every person who has invested their time, money, and faith into the organization. Nonprofit organizations are accountable to the donors, funders, volunteers, program recipients, and the public community. In many aspects, non-profits are similar to corporate business entities, though there are often significant differences. A notable exception to this involves churches, which are often not required to disclose finances to anyone, including church members." (WikiPedia)