My Comments: And what this article isn’t telling you, is that the co-founder and original president of SPLC was none other than Julian Bond, head of the NAACP, who just passed away. Remember it was Dr. Ben Carson who gave Julian Bond a glowing goodbye testimony.
By John Velisek USN (Ret), staff writer for CoachisRight.com
There are any number of liberal organizations that have fractured the rules of civility in order to advance the socialist agenda. Of these Obama aligned, leftist groups, none is more perverse in its grotesque slanders and misleading claims than the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
The SPLC was founded in 1971 by Morris Dees, Julian Bond and Joseph Levin. According to his law partner Millard Fuller, Dees’ only interest was to make money, a lot of it, and he didn’t care how. As cases in point, in 1958 Dees served as the state campaign manager for McDonald Gallion, a segregationist running for attorney general in Alabama. In 1961, members of the Freedom Riders suffered a brutal beating in Montgomery and when one of the men charged came to the Dees/Fuller office for representation, they happily took the case. The White Citizens Council and KKK financed the legal fees.
In short, Dees—who began the SPLC with the purpose of providing legal representation for mistreated blacks—was eager to take money and court publicity whenever an opportunity presented itself. The particular side of an argument Dees represented was of little concern.
Here are some examples of Morris Dees’ history with the SPLC:
In 1975, Dees was removed from a court of law for trying to bribe a witness in the Joan Little case. The charges were later dropped, but the presiding judge refused to let Dees back into his court. This was one of the first cases involving the Alliance against Racist and Political Repression, a communist group intent on turning the trial into a political movement rather than a legal one.
By 1988, Dees was mailing appeals for donations to almost half a million Americans. The “non-profit” SPLC was a left of center group that raised more than any other. In 1993, because of fundraising practices that provoked watchdog groups to question the methods they used, the American Institute of Philanthropy rated the SPLC a “D” on an A to F scale. The Institute had decided that Dees was hardly a philanthropist!
In 1991 the SPLC formed Klanwatch, but rather than assisting black clients, Klanwatch was used as a clandestine arm of the FBI and other law enforcement agencies.
In 1994, the Montgomery Advertiser exposed the unethical fundraising practices of Dees and the SPLC. It seems the SPLC stated in a fund raising letter that the group had received an award from the United Klan of America of $7 million to pay the mother of Michael Donald, when in actuality, she only received a little less than $52,000. The SPLC used the lie in mailings to supporters, bringing in millions of dollars.
The court cases that the SPLC has handled for blacks since the organizations founding have been minimal, with many lasting years and later unresolved. The SPLC has been put forth as a center working for the rights of blacks, a crusader to end the suffering and discrimination that blacks have suffered over the past 20 years. And yet the SPLC has been run entirely by whites, hiring only two black staff attorneys over the years, both of whom left shortly thereafter.
In 1986, the entire SPLC staff resigned in protest of the direction the SPLC was taking. Instead of chasing the Klan, a largely irrelevant and forgotten group in the United states, the staff believed more time should be spent on issues of greater importance to poor minorities, such as poverty, jobs, voter registration, and homelessness. Dees disagreed. It seemed he was more concerned about keeping the money flowing in. Since 1984, the SPLC has taken in about $62 million dollars, with only $21 million being spent on various programs according to tax records on file.
In 1994, a Birmingham News investigation showed that blacks were not happy working for the SPLC. Christine Lee who interned at the SPLC in 1984, was told “We don’t need black people telling us how to handle black problems.” Dees responded to the charges by saying, “we don’t have white slots, and black slots. The most discriminated against people in the country are white men when it comes to jobs.”
In a 1996 article, it was reported that Dees’ SPLC was the richest civil rights organization with $68 million in assets. In the same USA Today article, Stephen Bright, a Dees associate told a reporter that “Dees is a fraud who has lied to a great many wonderful, caring people.”
It has been claimed that Dees has pushed for associations of two or more people who train in firearms to be deemed “Illegal Militias.” It should perhaps come as no surprise that the SPLC “discovers” more “Militias” in the US than any other organization.
There were rumors of Dees paying witnesses and supplying hush money in the trial of Tom Metzger, a neo-Nazi extremist. These accusations were put forward by Greg Withrow, one of the witnesses.
I’ll discuss additional corrupt practices of the SPLC, including its still unexplained association with the FBI during the Oklahoma City Bombing, in my next CiR piece.