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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) likes to bill itself as a leader in the fight against “hate and bigotry.” It is a 501(c)3 non-profit entity and it makes a lot of money as a non-profit.


The SPLC started off by suing Klansmen but their biggest claim to fame now is their so-called “hate list.” This is a slanderous list that includes real hate groups, like the Klan and then lumps in groups the SPLC hates. These include mainstream conservative groups like the Family Research Council.

In 2015, the SPLC had $328 million in assets and raised $50 million. And interestingly enough, it sent at least $4 million of that to entities in the Cayman Islands. 

Why does a non-profit need to send money to a tax-haven like the Cayman Islands?

Mat Staver, the founder of Liberty Counsel, a respected conservative group the SPLC has slandered as a “hate group,” was quoted in The Washington Times on September 1st, saying, “It is shocking that a U.S.-based ‘charitable’ organization stashes millions of dollars in offshore accounts. I can think of no reason for doing so.”

In May 2013, news broke that the Internal Revenue Service, led by Lois Lerner, targeted conservative and tea party groups for special attention and action.  At the time the story broke, Ms. Lerner was conspiring with Obama Justice Department officials to prosecute conservatives for the crime of being conservative.

In 2014, the House Ways and Means Committee revealed something shocking: Of all of the 501(c)4 groups the IRS audited the year before, every one of them was a conservative group.

All of this leads to an obvious question. When is the IRS going to start investigating the Southern Poverty Law Center?

The SLPC is a 501(c)3 organization. As such, it pays no taxes but there are a lot of restrictions on how a charitable organization can use the money it raises. For example, in 2015, the SLPC raised $50 million. Yet, it only spent $61,000 on legal services. One of the things the SLPC allegedly does is to bring cases against “hate groups” on behalf of victims.

Being in the non-profit sector can be very good for the employees, officers and directors of the SPLC.  None of them makes less than $140,000 a year.  Morris Dees and Richard Cohen, the two top employees of the entity, each make over $350,000 a year.

On Fox News, Tucker Carlson called the SPLC, a “totally fake organization.” It is hard to argue with that assessment. 

Will the IRS do anything about this scandal?

If history is a guess, probably not. The IRS has been weaponized by the left. Ninety-four percent of donations from IRS employees went to Hillary Clinton. Does anyone really think they are excited about investigating wrong doing by a major liberal powerhouse?

John Koskinen is the commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. He has contributed more than $100,000 to Democrats in recent years. Mr. Koskinen obstructed investigations into the IRS targeting scandal, failed to honor congressional subpoenas, allowed important documents to be destroyed and misled Congress on the scandal.

Does anyone really believe he will order an audit of the SPLC?

President Trump has called for the draining of the Washington Swamp. The SPLC tax scandal and the failure of the IRS to investigate and audit is just another example of this. 

Will there ever be an IRS audit or investigation of the SPLC?


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