The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is nothing but a leftist scam organization (I know, that’s redundant) whose purpose is to enrich its founders. It smears a great many legitimate conservative organizations by listing them as “hate groups.” It then uses innuendo and false accusations, along with guilt-tripping, to draw attention to itself for the purpose of garnering contributions. Until very recently, the mainstream media has treated the SPLC as a legitimate organization, and to some extent, it still does.
(h/t: Iron Fist)
The SPLC’s new 2009 IRS 990 filing shows they have a bank account in the Cayman Islands. Now, stop for a good long minute and ask yourself what the hell is a supposed poverty-fighting Alabama-based tax exempt organization doing with such an account. Then ponder this: how much money is in it.
Unfortunately, the IRS does not require SPLC or any tax exempt charity with an account in a foreign country to disclose additional details, such as the amount, and the SPLC’s current 990 filing merely notes the existence of an account in a foreign country. The center’s site reveals neither the existence of the off-shore account nor the total it contains.
Assets for the organization are listed at $190 million, a nice chunk of change in these economic hard times. When was the last time this group, with almost $190 million in assets, did a damn worthwhile thing about, um, poverty?
The latest 990 additionally shows founder and chief trial counsel Morris Dees had his salary raised to $350,000, and his CEO, Richard Cohen, is close behind at $345,000.
The tax filing also shows Dees traveled by air charter, and that his spouse, artist and businesswoman Susan Starr, accompanies her husband on the business trips.
[…] Former Harper’s Magazine writer Ken Silverstein wrote a piece about the group in 2000, subtitled “How the Southern Poverty Law Center profits from intolerance,” that is still very pertinent and well-worth reading today:
[…] In the early 1960s, Morris Dees sat on the sidelines honing his direct-marketing skills and practicing law while the civil rights movement engulfed the South. “Morris and I … shared the overriding purpose of making a pile of money,” recalls Dees’s business partner, a lawyer named Millard Fuller (not to be confused with Millard Farmer). “We were not particular about how we did it; we just wanted to be independently rich.” […]
For Dees, the P in SPLC has nothing to do with personal poverty. That P better stands for profit or profiteering for him, and foolish donors keep sending him checks, thinking they’re helping poverty-stricken blacks or whites in Alabama move into better housing.
Since we’re on the subject of abodes in the Yellowhammer State, let’s have a gander at where Dees lives courtesy of the May 2010 Montgomery Advertiser 60-photo feature just on his mansion, the opulent furnishings and layout, not to mention a fabulous outfit shown off by his wife:
The swimming pool, as seen from the pool house.
An area in the main house for relaxing conversations.
The studio building for Dees’ wife Susan Starr.
A lounging jacket designed and modeled by Starr.
Will this get any attention?
Wow, this should be big…Something to keep in mind when the SPLC designates a new “Hate Group” of the week: where does all that money come from? Soros, anyone? How much does it cost to get your political opponent designated a hater? The SPLC shouldn’t have any crediblilty left, but they do with the theoretical independent votes. Like I said, this should be big news. But it won’t be.
In case anybody hasn’t seen this yet, it thoroughly refutes the mindset and world view of Morris Dees and of liberals in general: