If you’ve been keeping up over the years with my newsletter, radio and TV shows, podcasts, and website and social media posts, then you might sometimes feel when watching the news that you’re seeing reruns. It’s amazing how many “revelations” are being reported now that I’ve been telling you for years (Trump didn’t collude with Russia, Hillary did; there was a lot of resentment in America against coastal elites and it was going to elect Trump; etc.) Now, today’s news brings us two articles at once that will give my longtime followers a feeling of déjà vu.
First up, there’s the news that Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton has written a letter to the IRS making the case that I’ve made for years that the Southern Poverty Law Center is no longer a legitimate champion of civil rights but has become a corrupt, partisan attack dog that defames traditional Christian and conservative organizations as “hate groups” and is no longer deserving of tax-exempt 501(c)3 non-profit status.
Granted, recent events have finally made the argument crystal clear: the SPLC’s annual report showing a treasury of over half a billion dollars (with about $120 million in “off-shore investments”), the firing of founder Morris Dees over long-suppressed charges of racial discrimination and sexual harassment, and the resignation of president Richard Cohen; and the revelations from former staffers of the SPLC's culture of racism, sexism, elitism, cynicism, hypocrisy, money-grubbing and misleading of donors to maximize income.
Sen. Cotton makes a damning case in his letter to the IRS that the SPLC has become a taxpayer-subsidized “racist and sexist slush fund devoted to defamation” that has earned “a well-deserved “F” rating from Charity Watch” and whose “conduct warrants a serious and thorough investigation.”
And believe it or not, there’s even more to Cotton’s case. As he points out, “Federal law prohibits tax-exempt organizations from inuring to the benefit of any private individual.” Yet in 2017 alone, the SPLC used its $500 million bankroll to pay its disgraced founder Dees more than $400,000, which is “more than nine times the median household income for Montgomery, Alabama, where the SPLC is headquartered.”
Now that the IRS is no longer under the Obama Administration, let’s hope that it does its job and once again enforces tax laws on all groups equally, even those that are liberal icons. If the SPLC loses its 501(c)3 status, remember: you heard it here first. And if they finally start looking into the same issues with Media Matters for America, then you heard that here first, too.