Southern Poverty Law Center Finally Exposed as Highly Profitable Scam
USA – March 30, 2019
SPLC is a left-wing group whose subjective political rankings are used by media and business entities to define “hate speech.”
According to former SPLC staffer Bob Moser, SPLC is also a “highly profitable scam” that “never lived up to the values it espoused.”
The New Yorker Magazine published an essay, accusing the left-wing non-profit of “ripping off donors” while turning a blind eye to sexual harassment and racial discrimination within its own ranks.
The SPLC fired co-founder Morris Dees on March 13 over unspecified conduct issues.
The SPLC announced Dees’ firing after roughly two dozen SPLC employees previously signed a letter to the organization’s leadership expressing their alarm at “allegations of mistreatment, sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and racism,” the Los Angeles Times reported.
The nonprofit organization reported total assets of $518 million in 2018, $41 million higher than reported in 2017.
The most significant change the Beacon found was the increase in non-U.S. investments, which were $121 million in 2018, up from $92 million the previous year. While 2018 details of non-U.S. transactions are unknown because foreign forms are not required to be disclosed publicly, the Beacon’s 2017 investigation showed interests in the Cayman Islands, Bermuda and the British Virgin Islands.
The nonprofit also reported a $16 million increase in its U.S. public equity funds from 2018 for a total of $92 million. It also itemized $24 million in real estate asset funds and $60 million in private equity funds.
However, Facebook, Amazon, Google and Twitter all continue to work with or consult SPLC in policing their platforms for “hate speech” or “hate groups,” a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation found.
Of the four companies, Amazon, gives the SPLC the most direct authority over its platform, TheDCNF found.
While Facebook emphasizes its independence from the SPLC, Amazon does the opposite: Jeff Bezos’ company grants the SPLC broad policing power over the Amazon Smile charitable program, while claiming to remain unbiased.
“We remove organizations that the SPLC deems as ineligible,” an Amazon spokeswoman told TheDCNF.
Christian legal groups like the Alliance Defending Freedom — which recently successfully represented a Christian baker at the Supreme Court — are barred from the Amazon Smile program, while openly anti-Semitic groups remain, TheDCNF found in May. The Smile program allows customers to identify a charity to receive 0.5 percent of the proceeds from their purchases on Amazon.
Another non-profit group that supports and promotes traditional ideas of marriage and family is the Family Research Council. For its efforts, the SPLC designated it an “extremist” hate group deserving of condemnation.
In recent years the violence inspired by left-wing groups like the SPLC has significantly grown across the country. Based on the SPLC’s “hate map,” which included the FRC for its opposition to gay marriage, Floyd Lee Corkins II attacked the FRC headquarters in Washington D.C. He shot and wounded a security guard before being subdued and arrested. He directly named the SPLC as his inspiration for the assault. In 2011, Corkins was convicted of domestic terrorism and locked up.
Also smeared by the SPLC is Somali-born Ayana Hirsi Ali for her strong views about the horror of fundamentalist Islam. As a black woman, former Muslim, and self-described feminist, she has earned the right to speak from experience about the brutality of the large and growing Islamist movement.
Dozens of other groups and individuals have been so smeared as haters and bigots by SPLC staffers for the crime of holding religious or political views that differ from their own.
Last October, USA Really reported that SPLC has targeted the Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel for hosting ACT for America's national conference.