White Supremacist Group To File Federal Demand To End Non-Profit Status For Southern Poverty Law Center

Breitbart celebrates:

An immigration reform group says the Southern Poverty Law Center legal firm is violating federal tax rules for non-profits by acting “as a campaign operation for one political party.” The Immigration Law Reform Institute, which is an affiliate of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, is now preparing a legal claim to pressure the Internal Revenue Service to end the SPLC’s non-profit status. If that happens, donors wouldn’t get tax deductions for giving to the group.

“This document with exhibits runs over 100 pages, and spells out in laborious detail how the SPLC operates as a campaign operation for one political party and nothing more. For a huge range of reasons, the SPLC deserves to lose its tax status as a 501(c)(3) operation,” said a Nov. 22 statement from FAIR. “FAIR has argued for years that the SPLC is not a legitimate charity – it is a partisan organization engaged in illegal political activity,” said the statement.

From the SPLC’s entry on FAIR:

FAIR leaders have ties to white supremacist groups and eugenicists and have made many racist statements. Its advertisements have been rejected because of racist content. FAIR’s founder, John Tanton, has expressed his wish that America remain a majority-white population: a goal to be achieved, presumably, by limiting the number of nonwhites who enter the country. One of the group’s main goals is upending the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which ended a decades-long, racist quota system that limited immigration mostly to northern Europeans. FAIR President Dan Stein has called the Act a “mistake.”

Between 1985 and 1994, FAIR received around $1.2 million in grants from the Pioneer Fund. The Pioneer Fund is a eugenicist organization that was started in 1937 by men close to the Nazi regime who wanted to pursue “race betterment” by promoting the genetic lines of American whites. Now led by race scientist J. Philippe Rushton, the fund continues to back studies intended to reveal the inferiority of minorities to whites.

FAIR stopped receiving Pioneer Fund grants in 1994 due to bad publicity it received when the grants were made public. At the time, FAIR was backing California’s punishing anti-immigrant Proposition 187, which would have denied education and health care to the children of undocumented immigrants in that state if it had not died as the result of court challenges.

Back in August, Rachel Maddow reported that Trump had cited FAIR in his first national campaign ad. The second half of the clip below really tells their story.

  • Oikos

    This is the start and now they (racists) have their people in place. I donated to SPLC. They are going to need our help.

    • I’m losing hope fast. The right fills the benches in the courts, most governors, and state legislatures, and of course congress and now the White House.

      Our only hope, and a thin thread at that, is that after seeing the colossal crack up of our country by these alt-right fuckers, the mid-terms swing democrat. But for that to happen, the DNC will have to get off their asses and start building now for then. And I just don’t see it happening. This nonsense of not even running a candidate due to gerrymandering is stupid. If the GOP candidate is terrible, who will soak up the votes, the democrat will.

      • Oikos

        We can’t win if we don’t play.

      • Mark

        I was amazed at the number of un-contested races (all repub) when I voted.

        • That’s what I’m saying, its short sighted and dangerous. And look where it has got us.

          • Skeptical_Inquirer

            And that’s why I criticized the person running the party and heard people complaining about my complaining. They should NEVER have dropped the 50 state strategy. This “only the president matters” nonsense is ruinous.

          • Mark

            Where i live, Collin county Texas, is a major goody-goody-two-shoe repub stronghold. And i get it that a dem running here is like pissing up a rope….but!

            Ya caint ween ifn yer aint gonna play !

        • Skeptical_Inquirer

          Even if it’s just a place holder, at least it shows that a certain percentage WANT something different and kills the whole mandate garbage.

      • DesertSun59

        Do NOT expect a mid-term take down of the GOP. Within the short course of 2 years they will be targeting the entire DNC for being corrupt and they will win with that tactic. After all, they totally won the election argument against Hillary.

        • Believe you have lost before the fight, then you will lose the fight.

          • Nychta

            Reminds me of a line from I Ching:

            “If you are sincere, you have success in your heart,
            “And whatever you do succeeds.”

            I’ve felt very disheartened by recent events, but realize I can’t continue in that mode for long. In the midst of this madness (last night I saw a truck flying a Confederate flag – the first I’ve seen here in the 13 years I’ve been in Phoenix), I’ve decided to do the best I can within my circle of friends, my neighborhood, and the wider community.

            I remind myself that there are still a lot of reasonable, humane people around me – such as neighbors who supported a couple whose rainbow flag was stolen. Not only did they offer verbal encouragement, a bunch of them started flying rainbow flags of their own. Puts me in mind of the Billings, MT menorah movement.

            http://billingsgazette.com/news/local/a-stone-ignites-a-community-billings-stood-up-to-white/article_1595787b-b44f-5a4f-b7b2-3a18e77615b7.html

          • I am refusing to call that flag confederate, but am now calling it the Traitor Flag.

            I Ching can be a great resource, and that is a good quote, thanks.

            Maybe, just maybe there are enough good people in our country to come together and fight this GOP Menace. Could it be this is the grain of sand that unleashes a torrent of renewed fellowship in our country? Could this the particulate for our American Spring?

          • Nychta

            A similar thought has occurred to me – that this disastrous turn of events will motivate people of good will to be more outspoken and proactive.

            Of course, we might also wind up fighting to simply survive, but I don’t like to dwell on that scenario.

      • Adam Schmidt

        The midterms are really unfavorable for us. I think that at best we’ll hold our ground then and maybe, maybe we’ll pick up seats in 2020.

        • See? That’s what I’m talking about! We need to beat the bushes, rattle the trees and get the base excited again. So tired of this ho-hum we can’t win midterms crap.

    • karen in kalifornia

      For reference, anti everything Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is a 503c also. The above suit is total harassment.

  • Sure, right after they start taxing churches.

    • Bared Bear

      I wish. We’re going to have to start using their own madness against them. Create our own “non-profit” churches dedicated to proliferating democracy and equal rights… for Jesus.

  • Bared Bear

    Thus we reap our complacency for allowing Republicans to run over everything like a wild-eyed, frothing mad bull… breaking whatever they could not shit upon.

  • Blake Jordan

    Sec. Clinton needs to recognize that this election is not just about her and fight for us all!

    There is evidence of “voting irregularity” in at least 3 swing states that went to Donnie!!!

    She needs to request for the Vote to be Audited, in those 3 states at least!!!

    • kaydenpat

      This is a replay of 2000 when Gore gave up fighting and let Bush get selected by SCOTUS. Perhaps Clinton just doesn’t have any more fight in her. But I agree with you that this is not just about her. Millions will be harmed when Trump is inauguration. She should fight tooth and nail to the bitter end instead of conceding so quickly.

    • Ross

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7f9197a9315eb65625be53db907e9d1d3be4c2e236e7d31a161898460c3201c4.png

      Occam’s Razor:

      “The simplest explanation is usually the correct one.”

      On the night of November 8, I watched the unfolding results with horror.

      HOW could this be happening?

      HOW could every single credible pollster be so wrong? This had never happened before.

      HOW could every single credible forecaster be so wrong? This had never happened before.

      HOW could Hillary lose when she had so many demographic groups hugely favoring her?

      HOW could Hillary lose when early voting hugely favored her?

      HOW was this all possible? It made no sense.

      The more I thought about it, only one explanation came to mind which explained it.

      Donald was at least right about one thing: The election would be rigged. But in his favor.

      And now, now, now this:

      Computer scientists urge Clinton campaign to challenge election results

      http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/22/politics/hillary-clinton-challenge-results/index.html?sr=twCNN112316hillary-clinton-challenge-results0241AMVODtopLink&linkId=31471050

      • Chucktech

        Thank you, Ross, keep it up.

      • Mark

        I have felt there was something amiss since election night. I just find it too ironic that every single ‘swing’ state swung one way.

  • Blake Jordan
    • DaddyRay

      He also played at Rush Limp-balls wedding

      • kaydenpat

        Yes, Rush is such a paragon of morality with his multiple marriages. And how ironic that a gay icon entertains at your wedding when you routinely shrill for anti-gay politicians on your show.

    • Jon

      The check must have cleared.

      • DaddyRay

        I certainly hope he demanded to be paid up front – this is Trump after all

        • Dagoril

          Funny, I was hoping he hadn’t 😉

        • DaddyRay

          Actually I take that back – I hope Elton gets stiffed
          Would be excellent Karma

    • tcinsf

      $$$$ (I saw if the report is true … which it may not be…)

      • Chucktech

        Sir Elton is THAT hard up for cash??

    • Jmdintpa

      he is the same as malaria trump… money whore… he deserves to be blacklisted for this… the game is up asshole.. you deserve insanity and emotional failure in your feeble mind. i hope that fucking around husband of yours leaves you and take those status babies you have and leaves you broken alone and insane.

    • BearEyes

      $$$

      • Silver Badger

        Bingo!

    • kaydenpat

      Of course, he will. He should save his energy for David Duke’s next KKK gathering.

    • shrumpi

      He’s a fame whore – pure and simple…

    • bobbyjoe

      Let’s see:
      –plays Rush Limbaugh’s wedding
      –Helps to “reform” Eminem’s anti-gay reputation (though Eminem continues to use the word “faggot”)
      –plays Trump’s inauguration

      Elton John, the homophobe’s best friend

    • Tiger Quinn

      That’s it – I’ve dealt with his sell outs bullshit for most of my life, and no more. You are not our Gay Aunt and you can go fuck yourself.

    • Raybob

      Not true according to his media spokesperson

    • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

      He’s an ultra rich white man. That’s what’s wrong with him.

  • bkmn

    Yes, lets talk about tax exempt status for right wing orgs and churches.

  • tcinsf

    Ah, they set up a bunch of bullshit nonprofits then bitch because the IRS investigated them (faux scandal Number whatever…) Then they attack legitimate non-profits, knowing that by the time the new IRS regime gets to investigating it, they will engage in the very politics based investigation that they formerly decried.
    Got it.

    • DesertSun59

      Bingo. You figured it out.

    • Jerry

      Yes, the real scandal was that any of these group, of whichever political leaning, was allowed to gain tax-exempt status, when their only purpose was to raise money to engage in partisan politics and hide the donors’ identities. Meanwhile, the IRS’ budgets have been so severely cut in the last few years, because of the so-called scandal, that you can’t actually get a representative on the line, and their investigative/auditing is virtually nonexistent.

  • kaydenpat

    When will Pastors who advocated for Trump’s election get their church’s tax exempt status revoked? That’s the bigger question. The SPLC is a legitimate civil rights org. No wonder Neo Nazis are going after it. They’ll go after the NAACP and HRC next.

    • DesertSun59

      It will be interesting to see how they take down HRC. It will serve us all if they have to re-organize.

  • lymis

    If calling out racists and white supremacists for hate-related activities only impacts members or candidates of one party, that says more about the party than it does about the SPLC.

  • Ernest Endevor

    Thanks, this reminds me to renew my subscription to SPLC.

    I came here with my parents thanks to that old racist immigration policy. We beat the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 by a matter of weeks. My father would never have qualified under the more equitable policy of the new law. I wonder how that makes me feel?

    • Silver Badger

      Ernest, you shouldn’t wonder, you should KNOW how it makes you feel. The really bad part is that you feel exactly how the bigots want you to feel.

      • Ernest Endevor

        To be fair, I know the FBI has a file on me. I saw it on a vice-consul’s desk in London. About two inches thick back then. I didn’t think I’d done so much.

        • Silver Badger

          It is common practice to pad the file so you are demoralized, but then again, if they didn’t, GOOD JOB!

          • Ernest Endevor

            Speaking of practice, as a long-time practicing gay I have done by best to demoralize the nation.

          • Silver Badger

            One does one’s humble best! Me too!

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Will Trump stiff Elton John?? You betcha!!

  • ok, peeps, stern matron CD voice here. if you’re like me and childless, the kids in your life are n&n who get plenty from their parents during gift giving season. i don’t buy them toys, they all have literal rooms full of them. instead i give in their names. past few years it’s been Heifer International. they are all so rich and not wanting for anything, i thought it would be a good way to introduce them to the idea that there should be more to the holiday season than candy and presents.

    this year it’s going to be civil liberties orgs like the SPLC and NCLR. along with a nice card explaining to them that there is no more precious gift anyone can enjoy than freedom, and their is in danger. most of them are too young to really get it, but i want them to understand the gravity of our situation, for all it won’t touch any of them b/c rich. at least, it won’t touch them for a while longer than it will for the less fortunate and educated.

    but there are lots of good stories and movies and stuff about fighting for freedom during the holidays, and i think as themes go, this season it’s a good one. it’s never too soon to teach kids that freedom is precious and must be defended, always.

    • Chucktech

      If they’re not old enough to understand their “freedom is in danger,” they’re going to be less than enthused with their gift from Auntie Dyke.

      • Amanda B. Rekendwith

        “Wish she’d given us a cat”
        🙂

        • Skeptical_Inquirer

          Perhaps a donation and a cat is in order.

      • they range from 12-4 (there are six). the older ones do understand what’s happening, and even had preferences in the primary and general. it was cute. but then, that was back before the nightmare started. i’ll see two of them tomorrow, and i will ask what they think about politics now that they’ve had a chance to see how it is affecting their parents (and it is, just like all of us here).

  • Silver Badger

    This should be a career breaker in America for Elton John.Kiss those American dollars good-by Elton.

    • Chucktech

      God knows he’s not exactly an Alt Right crowd pleaser…

    • ColdCountry

      Now denied? Gee, has Donny ever claimed support where there wasn’t any before?

      • Silver Badger

        Would unauthorized use of music count?

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    And the IRS is going to capitulate . They won’t revoke the tax-exemption on churches, but under cheetolini they will do this.

  • 2patricius2

    SPLC has successfully sued KKK groups and bankrupted them in court decisions. They don’t roll over and play dead to these white supremacist groups.

  • karen in kalifornia

    Oh man, 503c does not equal charity. Equals EDUCATION and thank goddess for the Southern Poverty Law Center. They do not lobby for LEGISLATION. Tax the churches instead. They certainly do.

  • DesertSun59

    Something tells me that under Trump this lawsuit will go thru and the SPLC will lose it’s tax exempt status. Nothing will surprise me come Jan 20.

  • mikeinrkfd

    Just because they call you a hate group doesn’t mean they are working for a political party.

  • Baltimatt
    • A couple of quick observations about NOMs 990:

      1) Brian Brown has seen a significant salary reduction to $165,754.00 from the mid $400,000.00s during NOM’s heyday. Though the slack is probably being picked up by the other organizations he is associated with.

      2) It would appear that they are running at a significant loss and essentially insolvent.

      Could we be nearing the end or will NOM be resurrected once again like the beast that refuses to die?

  • No doubt, FAIR will regret their law suit once it moves to the discovery phase. Nothing better than an opportunity to question the plaintiff and shine a light on the deep hidden corners of their operation. Bring it on!

    • boatboy_srq

      That’s assuming that a) the court doesn’t black out the proceedings and b) the MSM picks up the story.

  • david fairfield

    Great! Go for it! The question of religious tax exempt status will undoubtedly come up…you know, for favoring one particular party. This will shut down pretty quickly when that happens.

  • NancyP

    SPLC can’t help it if only Republicans are currently being praised by white supremacy groups. SPLC studies and lists the groups, not the candidates.

  • Gerry Fisher

    Good luck with that. Nazi douches.