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Mark Potok is a $150,000-a-year public relations man. He has no legal or law enforcement credentials. His job is to raise money for the SPLC by perpetuating that company's decades-long fear campaign. Potok is good at it, as nobody in the Media will bother to vet his numbers, and so well-meaning people sent Potok $37 million tax-free donor-dollars last year, and that doesn't include the $36 million in tax-free interest generated by the SPLC's $283 MILLION dollar "endowment fund."
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@Xtut Dees isn't a liberal, he's an arch-capitalist. All he cares about is making money. He pays himself $350k a year, charges $10k a pop for his monthly speaking dates.
Suckers sent him $37 million last year, on top of the $36 million in interest generated by his $283 million "endowment fund." It's all about the money. http://wp.me/pCLYZ-k0
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@Xtut @atodds @AlanX Ironically, most of Mr. Dees' Progressive donors have no idea that NOT ONE of the SPLC's top executives is a minority.
In fact, despite being located LITERALLY in the back yard of Dr. Martin Luther King's own Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Mr. Dees has NEVER hired a person of color, and certainly no immigrants, to a highly paid position of authority in his company's entire 43-year history.
The Executive Suite of the SPLC is as lily-white today as it was when Mr. Dees opened for business in 1971.
Always a hoot to hear Mark Potok speak of "white nationalist."
According to SPLC tax records, NOT ONE of the SPLC's top executives is a minority. In fact, despite being located LITERALLY in the back yard of Dr. King's own Dexter Avenu Baptist Church in Montgomery, the SPLC has NEVER hired a person of color to a highly paid position of authority in its entire 43 year history.
The Executive Suite that looks down on Dr. King's church, where Mr. Potok and the other white millionaires that run the SPLC hang out, is as white today as when the company opened for business in 1971.
Maybe that's what makes Mr. Potok an "expert."
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@schneibster @rainintheface @JanBurton
Soooo, the SPLC, who say that "Hate group activities includes criminal acts and six First Amendment rights" is above legitimate criticism? Really?
Okay, here's another example for you. Last March, the SPLC's $150,000 dollar-a-year public relations chief, Mark Potok, added something he calls "The Georgia Militia" to that state's hate map fundraising tool.
The problem was that Mr. Potok could not locate 18 of those chapters on any map, including his own. What did Mr. Potok do? He simply added 18 empty slots marked "Georgia Militia" to his map.
Last weekend, Mr. Potok decided that there were really only 14 chapters of the "Georgia Militia," one was hiding somewhere in Camden County and one was "Statewide" and the other 12 are empty slots.
You can see it for yourself on the SPLC website: http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/hate-map#s=GA
In all, 17 of the 53 "hate groups" Mr. Potok has designated for Georgia, (something even the FBI cannot do...) are homeless. That's one in three.
THIS is "hard data"?
No, this is fundraising propaganda. If you can look at Mr. Potok's own data and tell me where the Georgia Militia is allegedly hiding, or any of the other phantom groups, I will recant.
12 empty slots, down from 18 empty slots last year and we're supposed to take this guy seriously?
Cognitive dissonance is a beautiful thing.
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@schneibster @JanBurton Last year the SPLC's Public Relations chief, Mark Potok, added 20 chapters of something he called "the Georgia Militia" to that state's "hate map."
The problem was that Mr. Potok could not locate 18 of those alleged groups on any map, including his own. Instead, Potok simply added 18 empty slots marked "Georgia Militia' to pad out his numbers.
Last weekend Potok revised his numbers down to 14 chapters of the "Georgia Militia," one somewhere in Camden County, one simply marked "Statewide" and 12 empty slots.
See it for yourself on the SPLC's own web site: http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/hate-map#s=GA
In all, 17 of the 53 groups Mr. Potok has designated for Georgia, (Something even the FBI cannot do...) are homeless. That's one in three!
THIS is "hard data"???
Cognitive dissonance is a beautiful thing, but it has no basis in reality.
There is no legal definition for "hate group" which is why even the FBI does not, cannot, designate "hate groups," but somehow a private fundraising company with more than a quarter-BILLION dollars in cash on hand can?
The SPLC even concedes on it's "Hate Map" fundraising tool that: "Listing here does not imply a group advocates or engages in violence or other criminal activity."
No violence. No crime. Just "wrong thinking" and folks have no problem with that??
The Hate Map makes the further bizarre claim that: "Hate group activities can include criminal acts, marches, rallies, speeches, meetings, leafleting or publishing."
Seriously?? An alleged "civil rights organization" is deliberately conflating six of the most basic First Amendment civil rights with "criminal acts" and "hate group activities" and people are okay with that too?
These are the "experts"??
It turns out that 195 of the 1,007 "hate groups" designated by the SPLC are not affiliated with any known city or town. That's one in five groups that are homeless. And the SPLC offers exactly NO information on the other groups other than an alleged town. IF these groups represent any kind of threat and IF the SPLC actually knows who they are and where they lurk wouldn't "outing" them be a hugely powerful tool? One would think so, but the SPLC never offers the most basic info on these alleged "groups."
Here's a look at the SPLC's spurious claims and exactly how much money is involved in the "hate group" brand name. You do the math.
The bottom line at the SPLC is always, always the bottom line.
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The SPLC is a business and nothing more. Its ideologies are not deeply held by its owners, but are merely the tools they use to pry donor dollars from their gullible, mostly elderly and self-described "Progressive" donor base.
The only agenda the SPLC has is to make as much money as possible and if liberals offer richer pickings, then the SPLC will attack conservatives. If Republicans start sending in more donor checks the enemies du jour will become Democrats.
1. The SPLC was founded by self-avowed Klan lawyer Morris Dees, who made his millions in direct mail catalog sales. Dees was a very successful Capitalist who turned his direct marketing skills toward fleecing liberals.
2. When Dees opened the doors of the SPLC in 1971 he knew he needed a lot of money to set up the sting and it wasn't coming from him. Dees "volunteered" to be George McGovern's finance manager in exchange for nothing more than McGovern's 700,000 name donor mailing list.
Dees repeated this trick with Jimmy Carter, Ted Kennedy and Gary Hart, amassing millions of names and addresses of self-described liberals.
Dees wrote in his autobiography, "Before we could ask for money, we needed a name." Dees obtained a paid celebrity endoresement from legitimate civil rights activist Julian Bond, offering him what Dees called "the largely honorary position of president" of the SPLC in exchange for the use of Bond's name on the earliest SPLC fundraising letters.
The Master Direct Marketer wrote that the results of the first mailings far exceeded his wildest expectations.
3. NOT ONE of the SPLC's top executives is a minority. Despite being located LITERALLY in the backyard of Martin Luther King's home church in Montgomery, Morris Dees has never hired a person of color to a highly paid position of authority in the SPLC's entire 41 year history.
The few token black lawyers Dees hired in the early 70s all quit, citing "a plantation mentality."
4. In 1998, Dees was inducted into the Direct Marketing Association's Hall of Fame, not for his civil rights works, but for his fundraising prowess.
5. Today the SPLC takes in more than $106,000 tax-free donor-dollars a day, every single day, or about $4,400 bucks an hour. The SPLC sits atop nearly a quarter of a BILLION dollars in tax-free cash assets. Dees doesn't need Soros' money. Last year he had a $4 million dollar "non-profit" left over because he doesn't even spend all of the money he takes in now.
6. To date, almost no major media outlet will even examine the SPLC's ludicrous claims, let alone expose them for the outright lies that they are. As a result, Dees pays almost nothing for untold millions of dollars worth of free publicity (advertising).
Morris Dees may be many things, but he is hardly a Communist. Dees knows his audience and he tailors his product to that market with consummate skill. The Liberals lap it up without ever asking what's in it because it confirms what they want to believe and Maestro Dees is only too willing to accommodate them.
The SPLC is the same "civil rights organization" that proudly proclaims on its web site:
"Hate group activities can include criminal acts, marches, rallies, speeches, meetings, leafleting or publishing."
If the Great Defenders of Freedom have no problem deliberately conflating six of the most fundamental constitutionally protected First Amendment rights with "criminal acts" and "hate group" activities, how much respect do you really think they'll have for the Tenth Amendment?
Rebellionblog is absolutely right. The SPLC uses the deliberately meaningless "hate group" smear because it allows them to denigrate any group without accusing them of any actual crimes.
The SPLC now takes in more than $106,000 tax-free donor-dollars a day, every single day, on top of the interest they make on nearly a quarter of a BILLION tax-free dollars in cash assets.
The only "poverty" at the Southern Poverty Law Center is on the letterhead of their never-ending donation requests.
The Southern Poverty Law Center doesn't have much regard for the Bill of Rights. According to these experts, "Hate group activities can include criminal acts, marches, rallies, speeches, meetings, leafleting or publishing."
Who in their right minds would conflate six of the most fundamental, Constitutionally protected rights with "criminal acts" and "hate group activities"??
Anything to scare the old folks into sending a few more millions into the SPLC's bloated coffers.
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