Meet the dedicated men and women of the Southern Poverty Law Center. According to its most recent IRS Form 990, these are the SPLC’s top ten, highest paid executives, their titles and compensation:
Richard Cohen — President/CEO — $344,490
Morris Dees — Founder and Chief Trial Counsel — $348,420
Joseph Levin — Director and General Counsel — $189,166
Rhonda Brownstein — Legal Director — $179,806
Jeff Blancett — Former COO (two years in a row!) — $159,301
Teenie Hutchinson — Chief Financial Officer — $155,414
Wendy Via — Development Director — $140,428
Mark Potok — Intelligence Director — $143,099
Jennifer Holladay –Strategic Affairs — $137,900
Mary Bauer — Director Immigrant Justice — $141,484
Not shown is Michael Toohey, the SPLC’s current COO, $89,975 (the only 5-digit salary on the list). If anyone knows of a public photo of Mr. Toohey, please pass the info along to Watching the Watchdogs.
Does anyone else notice a disturbing pattern here?
NOT ONE of the SPLC’s top ten, highest paid executives is a minority, and certainly not an immigrant!
And yet, “the nation’s leading civil rights organization” preaches incessantly about the never-ending threat of White supremacists and routinely smears anyone who believes in enforcing existing immigration laws as “racist” and “nativist.”
This situation is hardly new. In 1994, the Montgomery Advertiser, that city’s leading newspaper, reported the exact same demographic situation!
(Dan Morse, “Equal Treatment? No blacks in center’s leadership,” Montgomery Advertiser, February 16, 1994)
Earlier this year, the SPLC posted a “diverse” Board of Directors on their web site:
A veritable rainbow of diversity and multiculturalism. Oddly enough, once Watching the Watchdogs initiated a campaign to point out to the Media that all of the esteemed board members, with the exception of Joseph Levin, were unpaid volunteers, the SPLC dropped the images from their web site. Coincidence, no doubt.
Of course, some will say that these “directors” play a vital role in the day-to-day operations of the SPLC, but after reading Morris Dees’ cynical anecdote about how he came to hire Julian Bond as the SPLC’s first “honorary President,” one has to wonder how much influence Mr. Bond wields as an honorary, unpaid Director?
The SPLC even promotes an annual “Mix it Up at Lunch Day,” where, according to their PR press release, “Thousands of schools are set to challenge social and racial boundaries” as their students agree to “take a new seat in the cafeteria” and sit with people of different races and backgrounds.
How exactly do the millionaires who run the SPLC “mix it up”?? Do they “challenge social boundaries” by eating lunch with the 5-digit salary peons? Or racial boundaries by having a sandwich with the janitors and landscaping crew?
And if this situation isn’t ironic (read: hypocritical) enough for you, here’s another picture to ponder:
This Google Maps photo shows downtown Montgomery, Alabama, the cradle of the American Civil Rights Movement and hometown of Rosa Parks. At center left is the SPLC’s multimillion dollar “Poverty Palace,” (marked with the letter “A”), and at top right, the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, Dr. Martin Luther King’s home church at the start of his career.
The millionaire hypocrites at the SPLC can literally plot their next “racists are everywhere” fund-raising project with a view of Dr. King’s home church from their penthouse windows.
The last remaining “Whites Only” sign in Montgomery hangs on the door of the SPLC’s senior boardroom.