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The Poverty Palace That Hate Built

 
Southern Poverty Law Center, Montgomery, AL.

The Southern Poverty Law Center touts itself, according to a recent article:

[A]s a humble little non-profit doing the people’s work of identifying and eradicating racism. They’d have us believe they’re just an unassuming little band of warriors carrying out their mission from what they surely see as Racism Central … the deep South. In this case, Alabama.

The media, especially CNN of late, swallows its grossly inaccurate propaganda — for that’s exactly what it is — hook, line, and sinker, to the serious detriment of those it places on its “hate map” because it does not agree with their political and/or ideological views. However, the recent disclosures of its transfers of millions of dollars to offshore accounts in the Cayman Islands and Bermuda, highly unusual, to put it most charitably (pun intended), for a 501 (c) (3) “non”-profit, are causing many to take a closer look at this obscenely wealthy hate machine. This was vividly illustrated by the excellent reportage of Joe Schoffstall of the Washington Free Beacon in one of several recent articles shining the bright light of sunshine on the true nature of this fundraising hatemonger.

It must be noted, however, that political commentators and analysts have been sounding the alarm for years, as shown by deeply researched articles going back to 2010, 2013, and several excellent and carefully documented studies over the past few months, here, here, and here.

A brief scan of the titles of recent articles makes it clear that more and more light is being shed on this reckless slander machine, such as “Our Leading Hate Group,” “Hate Group hits Jackpot,” “The Hatemongers at the Southern Poverty Law Center are even worse than you think,” “Getting Rich on Poverty Law or Something,” “Trust Not the Southern Poverty Law Center,” and “A Demagogic Bully,” just to name a few.

One of the best brief summaries of the breadth and scope of the hateful, if I may be permitted to the use of that word to describe such an organization, slander and careless besmirching of names and reputations by this “Poverty” law group (by the way, when did that become a recognized sub-specialty in the law?) is found in a letter recently sent to the media by representatives of conservative and traditional values advocacy organizations. This letter urged the media to cease “using the SPLC’s data and its various lists and maps in your reporting”, after setting out a great deal of very persuasive evidence to support their characterization of the SPLC as a “a discredited, left-wing, political activist organization that seeks to silence its political opponents with a “hate group” label of its own invention and application that is not only false and defamatory, but that also endangers the lives of those targeted with it.”

The letter recounted the domestic terrorist attack by a deranged person on the Washington, D.C. office of the Family Research Council in 2012 in which he badly wounded the building manager who stopped him from engaging in a killing spree. The danger of the reckless slander spewed by the SPLC was illustrated by the evidence in the federal criminal case record:

That day, Corkins carried both the means to carry out this act of terrorism and a list of additional targets. The U.S. Attorney stated in federal court that Corkins targeted FRC and the additional targets by using the SPLC website’s “Hate Map.” On February 6, 2013, Corkins pleaded guilty to three felonies, and became the first person convicted of violating the District of Columbia’s Anti-Terrorism Act of 2002.

The letter also cited this evidence from the more recent case of Bernie Sanders supporter James Hodgkinson, who set out to shoot as many Republican members of Congress as possible, almost killing House Whip Steve Scalise:

More recently, James Hodgkinson, the attempted political assassin of House Whip, Rep. Steve Scalise and many other Republican members of the U.S. House and Senate, was discovered by the public to have “liked” the SPLC on Facebook. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, “Support for Southern Poverty Law Center Links Scalise, Family Research Council Shooters” (June 14, 2017). Scalise had for years been the subject of the SPLC’s vitriol.

Their “hate net” reaches far and wide, as vividly illustrated in a couple of recent examples, including attacking Presidential candidate and former neurosurgeon of universal renown, Dr. Ben Carson because of his biblical views:

Ben Carson had the unfortunate distinction of making the SPLC’s list in 2014, though the criticisms from the public were so vehement that the SPLC was pressured into removing him.

Recently, the SPLC made the apparently rare mistake of casting their net of hate over an organization which decided to fight back:

Fort Lauderdale, FL: Dr. Frank Wright, President & Chief Executive Officer at D. James Kennedy Ministries (DJKM), announced that DJKM filed suit today in the United States District Court against the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

The lawsuit alleges, among other things, that the SPLC illegally trafficked in false and misleading descriptions of the services offered by DJKM and committed defamation against DJKM arising from the publication and distribution of false information that libels the ministry’s reputation and subjects the ministry to disgrace, ridicule, odium, and contempt in the estimation of the public.

In a statement released today, Dr. Wright said: “We embarked today on a journey to right a terrible wrong. Those who knowingly label Christian ministries as ‘hate’ groups, solely for subscribing to the historic Christian faith, are either woefully uninformed or willfully deceitful. In the case of the Southern Poverty Law Center, our lawsuit alleges the latter.

Wright went on to say: “These false and illegal characterizations have a chilling effect on the free exercise of religion and on religious free speech for all people of faith. After having given the SPLC an opportunity to retract, we have undertaken this legal action, seeking a trial by a jury of our peers, to preserve our own rights under the law and to defend the religious free speech rights of all Americans.

But, while it has committed many outrages with its “hate maps,” “hate lists,” and various other scaremongering tactics, the slander which has raised the most ire recently has been the inclusion of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the details of which are outlined in the letter referenced above:

The SPLC attacked numerous critics of radical Islam in one of its recent publications, “A Journalist’s Manual: Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists,” but the seventh profile was particularly disturbing. In it, the SPLC slandered human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a woman who has experienced the violent and misogynistic side of Islam first-hand. The first sentence of the two-page section defaming her stated, “Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a Somali-born activist who says she endured female genital mutilation and fled civil wars and an arranged marriage in Africa.

Ms. Ali answered this sleaze attack in an op-ed in the New York Times, entitled “Why Is the Southern Poverty Law Center Targeting Liberals?”. After noting the millions of dollars donated by the CEO of Apple, celebrity George Clooney and J.P. Morgan Chase Bank (currently our bank; perhaps not much longer), she said:

I am a black woman, a feminist and a former Muslim who has consistently opposed political violence. The price for expressing my beliefs has been high: I must travel with armed security at all times. My friend and collaborator Theo van Gogh was murdered in broad daylight.

Yet the S.P.L.C. has the audacity to label me an “extremist,” including my name in a “Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists” that it published on its website last October.

In that guide, the S.P.L.C. claims that I am a “propagandist far outside the political mainstream” and warns journalists to avoid my “damaging misinformation.” These groundless smears are deeply offensive, as I have dedicated much of my adult life to calling out the true extremists: organizations such as Al Qaeda and ISIS. Yet you will look in vain for the S.P.L.C.’s “Field Guide to Muslim Extremists.” No such list exists.

That’s a shame, because Islamic extremism — a movement that aims to impose a caliphate and Sharia law by violent means — is as toxic as white supremacy. In the past two decades, it has certainly been responsible for many more deaths.

Like neo-Nazis, Islamic extremists despise liberalism. They deny the equality of the sexes, justify wife-beating and, in some cases, even the enslavement of female unbelievers. The Islamic State and groups like it regularly murder gay people in the most heinous ways. Islamic extremists are also virulently anti-Semitic, like the Nazis before them. And like today’s American Nazis, they brandish swastikas, chant slurs and peddle conspiracy theories.

Ms. Ali closed her op-ed with a most interesting question, which serves as a perfect segue into a final discussion of some explosive revelations recently about the “unusual” financial transactions of this “non”-profit “charitable organization:

Cui bono? That question is nearly always the right one to ask of organizations like the S.P.L.C. Who really benefits from their activities? Repeatedly, and for more than a decade, journalists at publications ranging from Harper’s to Politico to The Nation to The Weekly Standard have pointed out that the center’s founders seem more interested in profiting off the anxieties and white guilt of Northern liberals than in upholding the civil rights of poor Southerners, or anyone else. There’s a less cynical explanation, though, which is that liberals are deeply and increasingly uncomfortable with calling out Islamic extremism for fear of being smeared as “Islamophobic,” or worse.

Cui bono, indeed! According to several meticulously reported exposés in the past few weeks, examination of financial records of this fundraising machine shows that it reports over $69 million of “non-U.S. equity funds” among the assets comprising the total endowment fund of almost $320 million. In other words, it has $69 million in offshore banks. Once again, that total asset figure – for a “non”-profit, tax-exempt charitable organization—is $320 million!

A reporter with the Washington Free Beacon, Joe Schoffstall, examined many records of this “charity” and observed:

The nonprofit pushed millions more into offshore funds at the beginning of 2015.

On March 1, 2015, SPLC sent $2,200,000 to an entity incorporated in Canana Bay, Cayman Islands, according to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) records and run by a firm based in Greenwich, Ct. Another $2,200,000 cash transfer was made on the same day to another fund whose business is located at the same address as the previous fund in the Cayman Islands, according to SEC records.

Tax experts contacted by the reporter expressed serious doubts about the ethics, if not the legality, of these transfers:

Tax experts expressed confusion when being told of the transfer.

I’ve never known a US-based nonprofit dealing in human rights or social services to have any foreign bank accounts,” said Amy Sterling Casil, CEO of Pacific Human Capital, a California-based nonprofit consulting firm. “My impression based on prior interactions is that they have a small, modestly paid staff, and were regarded by most in the industry as frugal and reliable. I am stunned to learn of transfers of millions to offshore bank accounts. It is a huge red flag and would have been completely unacceptable to any wealthy, responsible, experienced board member who was committed to a charitable mission who I ever worked with.

It is unethical for any US-based charity to invest large sums of money overseas,” said Casil. “I know of no legitimate reason for any US-based nonprofit to put money in overseas, unregulated bank accounts.

It seems extremely unusual for a ‘501(c)(3)’ concentrating upon reducing poverty in the American South to have multiple bank accounts in tax haven nations,” Charles Ortel, a former Wall Street analyst and financial advisor who helped uncover a 2009 financial scandal at General Electric, told the Free Beacon.

In my view, the most telling comment about these “questionable,” to put it mildly, transfers was made by a representative of one of the targets of SPLC’s hate net:

“I’ve never heard of a group with ‘Poverty’ in its name that has so much money,” said Kerri Kupec of the Alliance for Defending Freedom, an organization that has been on the receiving end of SPLC’s well-funded smear campaign. “On other hand, considering who we are talking about, it comes as no surprise. Whether it’s shady money transfers or being discredited for decades by investigative journalists and charity watchdogs as a ‘direct mail scam,’ the Southern Poverty Law Center lost its way a long time ago.”

The best way to sum up the extreme and hateful bile this organization spews so recklessly upon with whom it disagrees and the potential damage it can do to the lives of is to quote from a speech given by Israel’s Ambassador to the United States to a meeting of one of its targets. Speaking of the shock of learning that SPLC had placed Ayaan Hirsi Ali on one of its hate lists, he had this to say:

But the biggest shock of all came when I saw a name on that [SPLC] list of someone I regard as a hero – Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

For those of you who do not know Ayaan, she was the Dutch parliamentarian who in 2004 produced a film with Theo Van Gogh called Submission, which focused on the oppression of women in the Muslim world.

Because of that film, Van Gogh was assassinated by a fanatic Muslim and Ayaan was forced into hiding. She has had to live with death threats and under constant protection ever since.

Yet rather than cower in anonymity, Ayaan writes books, publishes articles, makes speeches and fights for her ideas – in particular, the need for sweeping reform in the Muslim world.

Today, Ayaan Hirsi Ali is one of the world’s great champions of freedom, pluralism and tolerance.

And every self-respecting group that claims to value any of those things should be defending her not defaming her.

Yet in an Orwellian inversion of reality, a woman whose life is threatened every day by extremist Muslims is labeled by the SPLC an anti-Muslim extremist.

Have those who put Ayaan on that list no shame? Have they no decency?

The SPLC and others who asked me not to come here tonight claim to support free and open debate. But in reality, they seem to want to stifle debate….

Unfortunately, some have amended that famous Voltairian dictum to be “I hate what you say and I will never defend your right to say it.”

I will defame you as an extremist. I will label you a racist and a bigot. I will put you on the blackest of lists that should be reserved for Nazis, for the Klan, and for the true enemies of mankind.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, I don’t stand with the defamers and the blacklisters. I stand with Ayaan Hirsi Ali. We all should stand with Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

For if we do not stand with her, then the values she champions – the same values we cherish – will be under threat and the dangers we face will only grow.

We must not let the defamers and blacklisters succeed….

While I devoutly wish I could answer the Ambassador in another way, the fact is that this organization has proven repeatedly that it has no shame, and it has no decency. The only way I see to stop this sleaze machine would be for far-leftist sources of big money to read such heartfelt pleas as that of the Ambassador and his friend Ms Ali’s op-ed so they can realize what a truly dangerous propaganda machine the SPLC really is.

However, for those of us who have taken the time and effort to inform ourselves, it is certainly true to say: “We must not let the defamers and blacklisters succeed”!

There are 16 comments.

  1. Member

    What’s to say? You’ve written it all so elegantly and I agree with every word you’ve posted.

    • #1
    • September 11, 2017 at 8:03 pm
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  2. Member

    Any organization that would publish something called “A Journalist’s Manual: Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists,” has no credibility and its findings should not be taken seriously. It’s clearly peddling cheap sensationalism, conjuring up problems that do not exist. Judging from the number of quotes from this organization in The Washington Post, it’s clear that there are many in the media are too lazy to do any legwork and default to the findings of this unrepeatable group. For that, they should be ashamed.

    At a second glance, it is also dehumanizing the people and groups they are opposing, the first step in legitimizing any attacks against them.

    • #2
    • September 12, 2017 at 7:54 am
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  3. Coolidge

    Wonderful work. You created a powerful resource here. Thank you for shedding such light into the dark world of the SPLC. More people need to know deformed the SPLC has become.

    • #3
    • September 12, 2017 at 11:08 am
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  4. Thatcher

    The SPLC should be taken down, not Confederate statues.

    • #4
    • September 12, 2017 at 4:40 pm
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  5. Member

    Mike LaRoche (View Comment):
    The SPLC should be taken down, not Confederate statues.

    • #5
    • September 13, 2017 at 8:56 am
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  6. Member

    SPLC looks like a terrorist outfit.

    • #6
    • September 13, 2017 at 9:49 am
    • 1 like
  7. Member

    Bob Thompson (View Comment):
    SPLC looks like a terrorist outfit.

    Or just a shakedown operation ala Jackson, Sharpton and Rangel (trademarked offshore funds) …

    • #7
    • September 13, 2017 at 10:14 am
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  8. Thatcher

    Columbo (View Comment):

    Mike LaRoche (View Comment):
    The SPLC should be taken down, not Confederate statues.

    Totally agree with both of you!!

    • #8
    • September 13, 2017 at 12:18 pm
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  9. Member

    One of the members of my dissertation committee cautioned me against citing a particular source (Dr. Edwin Vieira, Jr., PHD, JD), saying that the because SPLC had listed Dr. Vieira as a hate-speech extremist, all of his academic work and publications were discredited.

    I pointed out that the work from Dr. Vieira I was referencing was in no way controversial, rather it was simply an in-depth analysis of pre-constitutional colonial law as it related to the establishment of state militias. The committee member said that didn’t matter; ALL of his work was completely compromised.

    I have kept Dr. Vieira’s work in my dissertation, but I have also made a point to find a way to include a citation from the SPLC in an attempt to inoculate myself. Maybe I’ll get challenged on it at my defense; regardless, Dr. Vieira’s work is top-drawer stuff. The SPLC is a racketeer’s dream job.

    • #9
    • September 13, 2017 at 4:17 pm
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  10. Coolidge

    big spaniel (View Comment):
    Any organization that would publish something called “A Journalist’s Manual: Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists,” has no credibility and its findings should not be taken seriously. It’s clearly peddling cheap sensationalism, conjuring up problems that do not exist. Judging from the number of quotes from this organization in The Washington Post, it’s clear that there are many in the media are too lazy to do any legwork and default to the findings of this unrepeatable group. For that, they should be ashamed.

    At a second glance, it is also dehumanizing the people and groups they are opposing, the first step in legitimizing any attacks against them.

    The Washington Post was acquired by Jeff Bezos, just a bit after he bought the US Postal Service. Six months after Bezos became the WaPo’s owner, the CIA gave WaPo 600 millions of dollars.

    In terms of rules that journalists at WaPo must follow before turning in a story, I speculate that these two rules are tops:

    One: Do not report unfavorably upon any of the Congressional Dems who allowed Bezos to acquire the US Postal Service. in the Spring of 2007.

    and

    Two: Make sure that anything we report at The Washington Post is neutral or else positive about what the CIA and other alphabet agencies desire. So hands off the Clintons and many other members of The Swamp.

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    • September 13, 2017 at 5:06 pm
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  11. Coolidge

    Postmodern Hoplite (View Comment):
    One of the members of my dissertation committee cautioned me against citing a particular source (Dr. Edwin Vieira, Jr., PHD, JD), saying that the because SPLC had listed Dr. Vieira as a hate-speech extremist, all of his academic work and publications were discredited.

    I pointed out that the work from Dr. Vieira I was referencing was in no way controversial, rather it was simply an in-depth analysis of pre-constitutional colonial law as it related to the establishment of state militias. The committee member said that didn’t matter; ALL of his work was completely compromised.

    I have kept Dr. Vieira’s work in my dissertation, but I have also made a point to find a way to include a citation from the SPLC in an attempt to inoculate myself. Maybe I’ll get challenged on it at my defense; regardless, Dr. Vieira’s work is top-drawer stuff. The SPLC is a racketeer’s dream job.

    Appalling to so many of us that the halls of academia are rotting from the floor up and ceiling down. Every branch of research is under attack. I can only imagine what American History will look like should the new World Order of Idiots and Idiocriats be allowed to re-write it.

    “First they came for the statues, but I didn’t care about statues. Then they came for dissertations but I didn’t care about dissertations. Then one day they came for the books and digital media, and it was too late.”

    • #11
    • September 13, 2017 at 5:12 pm
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  12. Inactive

    Here is a case of a black lady professor who complained about “mission creep” at the Southern Poverty Law Center, about six years ago. SPLC then went into full attack mode to smear her. Here is the lite version, at Real Clear Politics:

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2017/09/12/vanderbilt_law_professor_carol_swain_i_wear_splcs_smear_as_badge_of_honor.html

    For a more direct and pointed take, she was interviewed today on Radio Tupelo. This is audio from an hourlong episode of Janet Mefford’s show on American Family Radio (Christian talk radio). Scroll to 13:10 for the interview with Carol Swain:

    https://afr.net/podcasts/janet-mefferd-live/2017/september/hillary-clintons-npr-interview-splc-smear-with-dr-carol-swain-and-a-lutheran-bishops-views-on-transgender-people-and-heaven-and-hell/

    • #12
    • September 13, 2017 at 5:27 pm
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  13. Member

    It occurs to me that there is a high probability of a connection between SPLC and Anti-Fa. Funding would answer many questions about their presence and preparation in delivering harassment and intimidation to free speech venues.

    • #13
    • September 14, 2017 at 8:14 am
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  14. Thatcher

    The SPLC is not the only offender. ColorofChange.org has a web site bloodmoney.org purporting to list “over 100 white supremacist” organizations, most of whom have nothing whatsoever to do with race in any form. Is is about left-wing falsely labeling right-of-center groups as being hate groups. Christian Action Network on whose board I serve ad chairman and for whom I am general counsel has been victimized. Christian Action Network is in good company along with, among others, the American College of Pediatricians and many Christian ministries.

    • #14
    • September 14, 2017 at 8:31 am
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    David Carroll (View Comment):
    The SPLC is not the only offender. ColorofChange.org has a web site bloodmoney.org purporting to list “over 100 white supremacist”

    I hate liking this but glad you posted it. Only “white supremacist” but no black or islam supremacist. They even have Sulton Knish/Daniel Greenfield on their list.

    • #15
    • September 14, 2017 at 10:57 am
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  16. Coolidge

    Two citations regarding Hillary’s direct funding of “The Resistance”

    Citation One

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/15/politics/hillary-clinton-resistance-onward-together/index.html

    May 15th 2017
    (CNN)Hillary Clinton officially announced Monday her post-2016 election plans: A political organization aimed at funding “resistance” groups that are standing up to President Donald Trump.
    Clinton tweeted that she was launching “Onward Together to encourage people to get involved, organize, and even run for office.”

    Tweet from HRC on May 15th 2017
    Hillary Clinton:

    The last few months, I’ve been reflecting, spending time with family—and, yes, taking walks in the woods.

    Above from CNN Politics section mid-May 2017

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    Citation Two

    http://freebeacon.com/issues/hillary-clinton-sent-800k-from-campaign-funds-to-her-new-resistance-group/

    Hillary Clinton Sent $800K from Campaign Funds to Her New ‘Resistance’ Group
    Group will fund other liberal ‘resistance’ groups

    “From the Women’s March to airports across the country where communities are welcoming immigrants and refugees to town hall meetings in every community, Americans are speaking out like never before,” Clinton wrote in an email to supporters in May. “I believe more fiercely than ever that citizen engagement at every level is central to a strong and vibrant democracy.”

    “In some cases, we’ll provide direct funding to these organizations. For others, we’ll help amplify their work and do what we can to help them continue to grow their audiences and expand their reach.”

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    • #16
    • September 20, 2017 at 12:54 pm
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