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SPLC — Crunching the Numbers — 2018

August 29, 2018

Have you received a donation request from the Southern Poverty Law Center recently? Do you ever wonder how your donations are spent? Thanks to ProPublica, you can review the SPLC’s IRS Form 990 tax returns all the way back to 2001.

With the exception of 2009 and 2012, the company has always taken in significantly more money than was needed to keep the doors open. Some may recall that 2009 was the year after Bernie Madoff’s investment scam was exposed, costing investors and many nonprofit organizations billions of dollars in losses.

To date, there is no evidence that the SPLC was involved with Madoff. It seems that 2009 was simply a bad year all around.

Legal Case Costs 2000-2017

While the SPLC claims that “During the last fiscal year, approximately 68% of our total expenses were spent on program services,” a closer look at the numbers raises some questions to the accuracy of that statement.

One of the biggest red flags is the annual fundraising costs. Each year the SPLC declares a sum directly spent on fundraising outright for the year, $12,626,830 for 2017, as well as a sum spent on “joint costs.” These came to $12,147,345 last year.

The SPLC’s auditor describes “joint costs” as “Activities and the production of materials which combine development, education, and management functions are allocated to the program and supporting services on the basis of the content of the material, the reason for its distribution, and the audience to whom it is delivered.”

In short, “joint costs are fundraising costs (“development”) attributed to other departments. As the auditor notes: “The Center incurred joint costs of $12,147,345 for educational materials and activities as part of fund-raising appeals during the year ended October 31, 2017.”

For example, SPLC “Management” spent $1,022,000 on postage last year. Since the business of management is arguably to “manage” the company’s 302 employees, that works out nine pieces of first class mail to every employee every single day of FY 2017.

As the graphic above indicates, the SPLC spent 41% of its budget on outright fundraising and “joint costs” last year.

While joint costs accounting is not illegal, and is practiced by many of the largest nonprofits and charities in the country, it is ethically ambiguous, according to Charity Navigator, one of the leading industry watchdogs:

“Although the use of this accounting “trick” is often perfectly in line with the accounting rules for the reporting of joint solicitation costs (AICPA SOP 98-2) these rules allow for many interpretations and judgments that can produce questionable results.”

The graphic also indicates that the Southern Poverty Law Center has never spent more than 6% of its budget on legal case costs this century (and only in one single year, at that), something that the average donor might find surprising, and possibly quite alarming.

After all, shouldn’t the main business of a law center be the practice of actual poverty law?

Mark Potok, the SPLC’s Intelligence Director for 20 years, explained this confusing situation several years ago:

In the 70’s … “poverty law” was actually the phrase … it was a phrase used that just applied to … essentially … civil rights law … to kind of human rights legal actions. I know a couple years ago there was a big discussion internally [at the SPLC], ‘Should we change our name to something else?’

People think, you know, that it’s all about, sort of, defending poor people, and that’s not really, exactly what our mission is. By that time, people knew the name so well that, you know, we made, I think, the obviously right decision not to change the name (Holiday, Track 1).

While the SPLC never did change its name, it did change its mission. In 2014, the company quietly removed the “non-profit civil rights organization” descriptor from its website, press releases and other fundraising materials,  replacing it with “civil rights advocacy group.”

While the two phrases sound similar, they are in no way the same thing. The National Rifle Association is an “advocacy group” for the gun lobby and few, if any, SPLC donors would ever accuse the NRA of being a “civil rights organization.”

It may be simple coincidence, but according to the graphic above, the SPLC has enjoyed some of its most profitable years since making the switch.

You can lead a horse to water, as they say, but putting the SPLC’s financial information in an easy-to-read graphic will probably do very little to dissuade the company’s millions of loyal donors, who believe they are getting great value for their money.

To them, getting the SPLC bumper sticker or lapel pin, or whatever thank you tchotchkies the company sends the faithful is what it’s all about.

Virtue signaling is far more important than doing actual work for civil rights.

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Heather Heyer: Manufacturing a Martyr

August 10, 2018

As we approach the one year anniversary of the Unite the Right riots in Charlottesville, it is worth taking a moment to reflect on the actions of the Hate Industry as it spun the tragic and needless death of Heather Heyer into media propaganda, or worse yet, into crass fundraising propaganda.

Obviously, any criticism of the canonization of Saint Heather is going to draw cries of “Blasphemy!” from the adherents of the new Social Justice Warrior religion, but our intention here is in no way to criticize, diminish or demean Heather Heyer in any way. Quite the opposite, our intent here is to restore some dignity to the very human Heather Heyer, who was no more prepared for martyrdom that day than anyone else might be.

In December, 2017, James Fields, Jr., the 20-year-old neo-Nazi accused of causing the car crash on Water Street, where Ms. Heyer died, appeared in Charlottesville district court, which did little to answer several basic questions and much to raise other questions still.

Our intent here is in no way to defend Mr. Fields, his philosophy, or that of his ideological companions. Our goal here is to examine the events surrounding the crash in a less hysterical manner than it has been to date. In the process, we have to re-humanize the caricature of Fields and examine the fascist thuggery on both sides of the story, and yes, there is plenty to go around.

First off, this is NOT Heather Heyer. At least it wasn’t on August 12, 2017, the day she died.

Liberty Leading the People

Liberty Leading the People, Eugène Delacroix, 1830

While many media accounts of Heyer’s actions that day would have one believe that she was literally scaling the barricades to strike down the fascist enemies with her bare hands in righteous wrath, the truth is not only very different, but it also paints a far more nuanced portrait of the actual woman. The real Heather Heyer is far more interesting, and far more honorable than the profiteers would have us believe.

In many ways, this oft-used photo isn’t really Heather Heyer either.

Heyer

Obviously, millions will recognize this photo of Heyer, which we believe was originally posted on her Facebook account. The photo is practically ubiquitous across the media and progressive websites. Naturally, the nation’s huge Hate Industry found a way to use the iconic image to cash in on Heyer’s death, as we reported on the Southern Poverty Law Center actions, just two weeks after the Charlottesville riots.

The image is always tightly cropped, with some sites opting to to crop off Ms. Heyer’s Christian cross necklace. Wise men will hesitate to guess a lady’s age, but it is quite possible that this image was taken a few years ago. We base that speculation on a remarkable cell phone video taken by Heather Heyer’s friend and co-worker, Courtney Commander.

That video, linked below, is a record of Heyer taken in the last hours, possibly the last minutes, before her death at the corner of 4th and Water Streets.

We should warn viewers that Ms. Commander laces her speech with expletives, and even refers to a group of Blacks as “them n*gg*rs” at the 5:55 mark. As a Black woman herself, Ms. Commander gets a free pass for using “their word” but it is instructive to note that Ms. Heyer did not surround herself with saints prior to her curbside canonization.

(In another video made the previous evening and embedded at the end of this post, Ms. Commander taunts racist participants in the now-infamous torchlight parade across the University of Virginia campus “Your daughters are home f*ck*ng n*gg*rs right now!”)

In Commander’s video we are presented with images of Heather Heyer the human being.

Commander Cody - Charlottesville VA - Part 4 - YouTube

 

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The video shows Heyer as she really was that day, not simply as the glamorized, sanitized icon created by those who would exploit her death. Heyer, like tens of millions of Americans, including this author and many readers, was clearly overweight, and apparently indulged in at least one human vice, smoking.

“So what?,” will say many. “What difference does any of that make?” It is very true that a number of web trolls did seize upon Heyer’s weight in crude attempts to dehumanize and “fat shame” her in the days following her death. Sadly, that kind of stupidity is to be expected from that crowd, as ignorant people have a tendency to say ignorant things.

The greater issue, we believe, is that if these images show Heather Heyer as she really was in her everyday life, and if this is the real-life, flesh-and-blood human being that was Heather Heyer, why did the Left and the Hate Industry crop her down to a single glamour headshot?

Far from “fat shaming” Heather Heyer, the Left is clearly “fat ashamed” of their martyr, whose body morphology differed significantly from most of her Progressive co-counter-protesters.

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Which is worse? Is there any real difference at all? Has the Left dehumanized Heather Heyer any less than the Alt Right? Both sides have used Heyer’s death for their own purposes.

If you watch the Commander video above, you will see what really set Ms. Heyer apart from most other “counter-protesters” that day. Far from running from barricade to barricade, seeking to smash the hate-filled fascists at every turn, Heather Heyer does something that few on either side seem to be capable of. At about the 4:00 minute mark, Heyer approaches a handful of Alt-Right stragglers and speaks to a woman among them.

Courtney Commander, in a December 18 article in the Daily Beast, says that Heyer asked the woman why she wanted to participate in the Unite the Right rally. There is no screaming, no name-calling, no flinging of feces or urine. Nobody even gets smashed on the head with a bike lock. It is a quiet conversation between two women. Between two human beings. Heyer seems to want to understand where the other woman is coming from. It’s doubtful that the two will ever agree on much, but at least it is an attempt to understand.

That sixty second encounter, which ends with the Alt-Right woman’s “no comment” claim when she sees Commander approaching with her phone camera, is what Heather Heyer should truly be remembered for. And it should be the real-life Heather Heyer who should be remembered and not a sanitized image created without any input from the woman herself.

Heather Heyer died instantly at the scene of the 4th Street car crash, not long after that interaction was filmed. Her cause of death, blunt force trauma to the chest, was released by Charlottesville officials back in October, but her actual manner of death has yet to be released, as of this writing. This fact is crucial to the case against James Fields, as it will determine the actual charges brought against him.

It is especially important to determine the manner of Heyer’s death because of the way it has been portrayed in Social Media, and, more troubling, by the Mainstream Media. There are very real civil rights and due process issues in this case that have been completely ignored, mostly by the Left, in pursuit of political and even financial gain.

What we know for sure is that James Fields participated in the Alt-Right rally on the morning of August 12, 2017. Images of him in a crowd of neo-Nazis, holding a borrowed shield bearing the group’s insignia are easily found online. Fields even turns up in documentary footage shot by National Geographic.

Livestream video shot by amateur journalist Ford Fischer shows Fields’ tinted-out Dodge Challenger rolling slowly down East Water Street less than ten minutes before the fatal crash (at about 00:45 in Fischer’s video.)

At roughly 02:40 in the video, Fischer passes the intersection of 4th and Water Streets, about five minutes before the crash. There are a few people on the street, but nowhere near the crowds shown in later crash videos.

Conspicuously, there is a maroon passenger van shown on 4th Street, as if waiting to make a turn onto Water. That van will be in the same position five minutes later. Police drone video will show the driver of the van standing in front of it at the moment of impact, nearly getting run over by her own vehicle.

So far, the media has yet to identify the driver or her passengers. This is relevant as the drone footage shows numerous people being knocked to the ground by the van after Fields allegedly rammed his car into a Toyota Camry waiting behind the maroon van.

News reports say that upwards of 35 people were injured in the crash, but Fields is being charged with one count of first-degree murder and eight counts of malicious wounding.

Under Virginia law (and no doubt many or all other states), in a multi-vehicle accident, all of the drivers are liable for any injuries they cause with their vehicle, whether they were at fault or not. The driver of the maroon van may technically be responsible for the majority of the non-fatal injuries.

Why was she parked there? It couldn’t be to prevent cars from turning onto 4th Street as 4th is a one-way street.

Another alleged player in the events leading up to the crash is University of North Carolina professor Dwayne Dixon, who has released video claiming it was he who turned Fields off Market Street (VA 250) onto 4th Street at rifle point.

Will Prof. Dixon, who heads a self-described Liberal armed militia calling itself “Redneck Revolt,” (“redneck” being the last socially acceptable racial slur, at least by the Left) be called to testify at Field’s trial this coming November? Will he be charged as an accessory?

As the map below shows, Fields turned off Market Street onto 4th Street near the Market Street Market (whether at Dixon’s threat or of his own volition), just two blocks from the crash scene at the intersection of Water Street (directly next to the improbably named Race Jewelers store).

It should be noted that this section of 4th Street is a one-way box canyon with no other outlet than Water Street. Halfway in between is Charlottesville’s trendy Main Street, a brick-lined pedestrian mall lined with restaurants, stores and theaters.

Crash scene video indicates that the crowd of counter-protesters had not progressed very far up the length of 4th Street at the time of the crash. Recall Ford Fischer’s video showing the intersection practically empty, except for the maroon van only minutes earlier.

The same footage shows paramedics performing CPR on Heather Heyer, only a few feet from the corner of Water Street. In short, Heyer had probably turned north onto 4th Street a few seconds before Fields turned south onto it, two blocks away.

Despite the Left-wing claims that Fields deliberately targeted Saint Heather, who was supposedly climbing the barricades to get at the “haters,” there’s little evidence that either of them had any idea the other existed.

4th Street Map

Another point for the jury to consider is that if Fields’ intent was to deliberately mow down people, why didn’t he just turn onto the pedestrian mall and have at it?

At Fields’ preliminary hearing in December, 2017, the prosecution produced security camera footage of his Challenger backing up 4th Street before surging ahead into the Camry at the intersection. The claim was made that this proves that Fields was backing up to gain more space in which to accelerate, but crash video clearly shows Fields swerving around pedestrians, including those stepping into the street to swing clubs at his car, and tapping his brakes.

We won’t know until November, but it is entirely possible that Fields was looking for another exit from 4th Street.

What is undeniable is that it was Fields’ car that slammed into the Camry, tossing numerous people into the air. Crash video shows several people climbing onto the back of Fields’ car to smash out his rear window with bats and clubs within five seconds of the impact.

Fields’ car shifts into reverse, throwing the people on the trunk aside, and backs all the way back to Market Street at a high rate of speed. Moments later, Fields surrenders to police less than a mile from the crash scene.

If James Fields set out to intentionally run down protesters he didn’t do a very good job of it. And if it was intentional, what did he have to lose by making a run for it rather than surrendering to the first police officers he spotted?

It is entirely possible that it was his plan to hit people with his car all along, and it is also entirely possible that he was a 20 year-old driver who panicked. That won’t absolve him from criminal prosecution, nor should it.

What it should do is to change the Left/Media narrative of Fields as an arch-super-racist to something a lot more mundane. They made him a poster boy for Evil for political and fundraising purposes (yeah… same thing… we know…) but his upcoming trial may simply show him to be a spokesmodel for Stupid.

The biggest question, of course, is whether they can make a first-degree murder charge stick. On October 17, 2017, the Medical Examiner’s office in Richmond determined that Heather Heyer’s cause of death was blunt force trauma to the chest.

What has yet to be determined, or publicly released, is Heyer’s manner of death, which will determine the prosecution’s case against Fields. If Fields’ car caused the blunt force trauma directly, then it should be an open-and-shut case.

If something else caused the trauma, such as one of the other vehicles, or, as shown in Ryan Kelly’s Pulitzer Prize photo, below, the flying body of another victim, the verdict may change.

(Some sources claim that Heather Heyer’s face can be seen in the photo, just below the left knee of the airborne man with the tattooed back. We have no way to confirm or deny at this time.)

Cville Pulitzer

At this point, some people may ask “What difference does it make?” The car that caused the carnage is definitely James Fields’. You can clearly see his license plate in the photo. And the man who got out of that car two minutes later to surrender was definitely James Fields.

The difference is the narrative and it is an important difference. By spinning the tragedy as a deliberate kamikaze-style attack by crazed neo-Nazi, the Media and the Hate Industry have denied any possibility of any other explanation, though they may have gotten the story absolutely right on the first try.

If, on the other hand, Fields turns out to be little more than a stupid 20 year-old (albeit a well-documented neo-Nazi idiot) with a long history of violent behavior problems, then why not simply tell the real story?

The Media has made a lot of money from lurid reports about the Charlottesville riots. You can’t ask for better click bait than a violent story with clear-cut bad guys, including the arch-villain Donald Trump, especially in the dog days of August. “If it bleeds, it leads!”

Hate Industry groups, such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, saw unimaginable windfall “non-profits” from the tragedy. The SPLC reported contributions of $132,044,179 for 2017, nearly three times the $50 million it took in for 2016. With Charlottesville riding on the heels of the election of the very unpopular Donald Trump (among the Left, at any rate), the SPLC’s Progressive donor base couldn’t shell out the virtue signalling donor-dollars fast enough.

One has to ask, is this what Heather Heyer died for? Let the woman rest in peace. She didn’t set out to be a martyr that day any more than anyone else did. She was literally in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Stop exploiting her death for profit. Give Heather Heyer back her dignity and her humanity and honor what she REALLY stood for.

One final note, in an already long-winded post, late in the afternoon of August 12, several hours after Heyer’s death, a Virginia State Police helicopter that had been surveilling the crowds in Charlottesville, crashed in a nearby field, killing pilot Lt. H. Jay Cullen and trooper-pilot Berke M.M. Bates. Many in the Media and the Hate Industry have deliberately conflated the deaths of the two troopers with Unite the Right riots. This is wrong for several reasons:

At the time of the helicopter crash, the troopers were en route to cover the motorcade of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. Nobody in their right minds would blame McAuliffe for “causing” the crash.

The helicopter was built in 2000 and had a history of engine problems, including one hard, unpowered landing in 2010. It wasn’t shot down by neo-Nazis and had every bit as much chance of experiencing the engine failure if it were monitoring rush hour traffic or searching for a lost child.

Responsible sources should not attempt to pad the riot death toll for political/fundraising purposes. It cheapens the memories of these brave officers and those of all the others who die in the line of duty.

Below is the video Courtney Commander shot at the torchlight rally on August 11. Be warned that it contains a continuous stream of expletives and many, many racial slurs. Not Safe for Work.

SPLC — Cashing in on MS-13

May 28, 2018

When you have “tracked” the Southern Poverty Law Center for as long as we have, you take it for granted that the company will find a way to make money off the latest tragedy or controversy du jour. The SPLC now has more than 300 full-time employees, many of them involved in marketing, public relations and fundraising and they are not about to let an opportunity to cash in pass them by.

Just over a week ago, President Donald Trump ruffled feathers by referring to members of the violent and deadly Salvadoran gang MS-13, which has infiltrated many American cities and even smaller towns, as “animals.”

Considering the gang’s lengthy record of brutal murders, decapitation, torture and rape, “animals” is one of the kinder terms that could be used to describe them.

Naturally, Mr. Trump’s comments were clumsy and poorly articulated, as usual. Naturally, the SPLC and other Hate Industry players jumped on a chance to claim that the president was referring to all immigrants as “animals.”

Virtue signalers across the country couldn’t get their wallets out fast enough. Despite all the “outrage” and toga rending, Donald Trump has been a gold mine for these “advocacy groups.” The very mention of his name is guaranteed to agitate the donors and the money will soon follow.

According to its online tax records, the SPLC took in over $132 million in donations in 2017, up from $50 million in 2016. Its cash-on-hand endowment fund grew from $319 million to $432 million over the same period. Fully 98% of the endowment fund is designated as “unrestricted” in use.

Ironically (a term one uses so often when describing the company), the SPLC issued several statements declaring that: “Dehumanizing rhetoric — unacceptable from anyone — is especially dangerous when it comes from the mouth of the president.”

Considering the hundreds of millions of tax-free donor-dollars the SPLC has generated over the past decades specifically through the use of “dehumanizing rhetoric,” such as the ever-profitable “hate group” label, “domestic extremists” and “radical traditionalists” one has to wonder how the company avoids choking on its own hypocrisy.

“Unacceptable from anyone…”

Some readers may remember the SPLC’s longtime spokesman, Mark Potok, who was unceremoniously fired from the company in March, 2017, after 20 years of highly lucrative service, most of which was built squarely upon the use of “dehumanizing rhetoric.” Apparently, this usage was quite acceptable when Mr. Potok was channeling millions of donor-dollars into the company’s coffers.

One prime example can be found in a 2007 speech Mr. Potok gave before a hate crime conference in Michigan:

“I don’t think there’s any doubt that these are human beings and it’s a mistake to regard them as just a bunch of sociopaths… though most of them are.”

That zinger drew a laugh from the assembled anti-haters, oddly enough. Potok continued with the statement:

“Let me say… our aim… sometimes the press will describe us as monitoring hate groups and so on. I want to say plainly that our aim in life is to destroy these groups. Completely destroy them!”

Feel the love. Donate early and often.

This brings us to the SPLC’s latest fundraising scheme. Just as the company found ways to cash in on the Confederate flag controversy in 2015 and the tragic death of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville in 2017, the SPLC’s growing team of PR professionals have come up with another classic fundraising scam:

“TELL PRESIDENT TRUMP TO STOP USING RACIST AND DEHUMANIZING RHETORIC,” proclaims the page on the SPLC website. “This kind of rhetoric is unacceptable from anyone,” they remind us, in a brief statement that completely omits any reference to MS-13 whatsoever.

How best to do this? A link to the White House website? No. Mr. Trump’s personal Twitter handle? Nope. Maybe a useful email link to your senators or members of Congress? Not seeing any.

Instead, the SPLC has conveniently provided a short online form where you can enter your name, location and email address. That’s all you have to do.

Tell Trump

What happens to your personal information when you hit the blue button? The site doesn’t say. Maybe your name goes on a petition, though wouldn’t you’d think they’d mention that?

No. Just as with the SPLC’s brilliant, though now-retired, “Stand Strong Against Hate” map and its lucrative offspring, the “Wall of Tolerance,” your contact information will go directly to the company’s massive, in-house fundraising machine, and you put it there yourself, of your own free will.

Just as tens of thousands of SPLC donors, new and old, believe that they are “fighting hate” with their annual donations when their money actually goes to third party telemarketers, you haven’t “taken a stand against hate” any more than you have taken a solemn oath to “work for justice, equality and human rights.”

All you’ve done is given the Southern Poverty Law Center’s fundraisers your personal contact information.

Operators are standing by.

SPLC — 2018 Telemarketing Scam

April 25, 2018

Earlier this month the Southern Poverty Law Center released its IRS Form 990 tax return, noting that the company took in a staggering $136,373,624 dollars in Fiscal Year 2017 (leaving a paltry “non-profit” of $76,589,303 for the year) and the already-bloated Endowment Fund exploded from $319 million for 2016 to $432 million for 2017, 99.17% of which is “unrestricted” in use.

Page 39 of the document breaks down what the company paid third-party telemarketers for the year. As usual, the amount paid to the telemarketers far exceeded the amount of money raised over the phone in the name of “fighting hate.”

2017 Telemarketers

The SPLC paid four third-party telemarketing companies $3,177,807 donor-dollars to raise only $1,801,207 donor-dollars on its behalf.

This leaves a shortfall of $1,376,600.

As usual, this means that not only did every dime raised from unsuspecting first-time donors go directly to the telemarketers, but thousands upon thousands of longtime donors got tapped to pick up the shortfall without ever realizing it.

How many people does it take to mop up a seven-digit deficit? At $100 dollars a pop, 13,766 loyal, longtime donors. At a more reasonable $25 dollar donation, just over 55,000 suckers.

How can a private advocacy group afford this kind of horrific hemorrhaging year after year? It’s quite simple. The SPLC takes a minor financial hit each year to get the names and addresses of thousands of proven first-time donors. They feed this information into their own huge, uber-efficient in-house fundraising machine and the future donations will roll in for years, if not decades, to come. As the old saying goes, “It takes money to make money.”

Granted, the SPLC is not the only non-profit to engage in this kind of thing, and all donors have a responsibility to ask any telemarketers how much of their donation will actually reach the organization in question.

We at Watching the Watchdogs feel that the public ought to see the real numbers and see for themselves where their money actually goes.

The “Financial Information” page on the SPLC website makes the claim that “During the last fiscal year, approximately 68% of our total expenses were spent on program services.”

That’s a noble goal, and when you look at Line 16b on Page 2 of the Form 990, you see that the company spent 21% of those expenses on out-and-out fundraising. When you add in the $12 million in “joint costs,” those fundraising costs attributed to other departments (“Management” spent just over $1,000,000 on postage, for example) found on Line 26 of Page 11, however, you find that the SPLC spent 41% of its budget on fundraising right off the top.

When you figure in salaries, facilities costs and all of the other expenses of running a company with more than 300 employees, it’s pretty hard to see how 68% of expenses went to “program services.”

In the long run, most of the donors don’t really care. They each have their own concept of “fighting hate” and their canceled donation check or SPLC bumper sticker allows them to virtue signal to the world how wonderful they are.

In short, the donors are buying a product that the Southern Poverty Law Center is only too happy to sell them.

Caveat emptor.

SPLC — 2018 Hate Map: Fake News Galore

February 25, 2018

The Southern Poverty Law Center recently released its 2018 “Hate Map” fundraising tool, and as usual, the Media is regurgitating the company’s claims without performing even the most rudimentary fact-checks.

Fortunately, that’s what we here at Watching the Watchdogs do best.

First, a little housekeeping:

  1. The 2018 “Hate Map,” as with all of its predecessors, refers to the number of alleged “hate groups” the SPLC designated for the previous fiscal year. The 2018 map refers to alleged groups from FY 2017.
  2. There is no legal or even universal definition for the term “hate group,” which is why even the FBI cannot, does not, designate “hate groups,” but somehow a private “advocacy group” can do so, early and often.
  3. Even the SPLC, which is the sole arbiter of the lucrative “hate group” label, does not have a firm definition for “hate group” beyond the nebulous and elastic claim that “All hate groups have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.”That “definition” is suitably vague enough to be applied to nearly anything. As we will soon see, a “group” need not even be an actual boots-on-the-ground “group” to be included on the list. The “Hate Map” is rife with one-man websites, online vendors and nearly 300 “Statewide” phantoms.
  4. As Mark Potok, the SPLC’s former longtime Intelligence Director, stated publicly on numerous occasions: “…a “hate group” has nothing to do with criminality… [or] potential for violence…” Rather, as Potok put it, “It’s all about ideology.”No crime. No violence. Just “wrong thinking.”

    According to the SPLC, “Hate group activities can include criminal acts, marches, rallies, speeches, meetings, leafleting or publishing.” That any advocacy group could deliberately conflate six of the most fundamental First Amendment civil rights with “criminal acts” and “hate group activities” is beyond belief.

    Under this “definition,” Dr. King, the Freedom Riders and anyone even remotely associated with the Civil Rights Movement would be guilty of “hate group activities.”

With this background information in mind, let’s have a look at the 2018 “Hate Map.”

The latest “hate group” count is up from 917 to 954, which, in the wake of the very real racial tensions of 2017, including the Charlottesville riots, is a surprisingly low increase of only 4%

Keep in mind, when you are the sole arbiter of the “hate group” label, you can make up as many as you want. The Media, and more importantly, the almighty donors, would have swallowed nearly any number the company saw fit to claim.

As mentioned above, the SPLC cannot actually locate 297 of these groups on any map, including their own. This number includes 291 “Statewide” chapters, for which no information other than an alleged home state is provided, as well as two groups skulking in “Incomplete,” one each in “Eastern” and “Central” Pennsylvania and one each in “North” and “South” California.

Hard data doesn’t get any harder than this, folks. Fortunately, the Media and the donors aren’t all that big into facts.

It’s also worth mentioning that there were “only” 191 “Statewide” phantoms on last year’s map, for a surge of 51%, meaning the company is losing “groups” faster than it can designate them. That 4% increase must have come from somewhere.

The SPLC provides no information on these alleged groups whatsoever. It cannot provide a known location or any kind of headcount for the membership. We get to take the company’s word for it that these “groups” really, really exist.

That’s not good enough and it certainly isn’t good journalism. Big claims demand big proof, or any proof, for that matter.

This year, Watching the Watchdogs is launching the hashtag #ProveItOrRemoveIt to encourage the SPLC into showing its proof that any of its 954 alleged groups actually exist.

Well, surprisingly, despite coming off the most racist year in decades, the increase didn’t come from the reliable Ku Klux Klan bogeyman. According to the fearmongers at the SPLC, Klan groups actually decreased by 45% in 2017, from 130 to 72, tying the record low set during the Obama Administration.

The SPLC attributes the precipitous drop to the fact that today’s white supremacists are put off by the old fashioned image of the Invisible Empire. Today’s racists pine for a “hipper” image, they posit.

2018 Ku Klux Klan _ Southern Poverty Law Center

While homeless “Statewide” phantoms made up 23% of of the Klan groups on the 2017 map, that number has increased to 39% of the much smaller count for 2018.

Neo-Nazis seemed to be all the rage in 2017 and the “Hate Map” backs that up by claiming a 21% increase in Hitler wannabees from 99 alleged groups to 120 last year.

What the report doesn’t mention directly (you have to look for it, as we do) is that the number of “Statewide” Neo-Nazi phantoms “exploded” by 100%, from 45 to 91.

White Nationalists remained stagnant at 100 alleged groups last year, surprisingly. The number of WN “Statewide” phantoms barely inched up at all, from 30 to 35. Given the lurid media coverage of Charlottesville and other atrocities, one could be excused for predicting unprecedented growth in 2017.

Even the Racist Skinheads took a hit last year, down from 79 to 71 alleged groups, though the number of “Statewide,” “Central” and “Eastern” generalities grew from 60 to 63.

Say that last part out loud: The Southern Poverty Law Center cannot account for EIGHTY-NINE PERCENT of its alleged Racist Skinhead groups and yet the Media considers the numbers to be utterly reliable. Wow.

Considering that it was the removal of Confederate war statues that sparked the Charlottesville riots and at least a few other confrontations last year, readers may be surprised to learn that the number of “Neo-Confederate” groups designated by the SPLC last year dropped by an incredible 29%, from 43 to 31 alleged groups.

“Statewide” chapters celebrating the “Lost Cause” dipped slightly from seven to six, but on the plus side, Weogufka, Alabama, (Population: 282) joined Wetumpka, AL, and Waxahachie, Texas, on the list. (This really isn’t statistically relevant, but it is fun to say out loud.)

Anti-Immigrant, Anti-LGBT, Anti-Muslim and Christian Identity groups all remained largely unchanged for the year, so where exactly do we find any actual increases?

This year marks the debut of an entirely new “hate group” category, the Neo-Volkisch, which the SPLC describes thus:

“Neo-Völkisch adherents worship the Norse or Germanic gods, spirituality premised on the survival of white Europeans and the preservation of dead or dying cultures they presume to embody. Such individuals and groups use a variety of terms to describe their spirituality such as Odinism or Wotanism, Odalism, heathenism, Ásatrú or even paganism. Qualifiers like “Germanic” or “proto-Germanic” are sometimes attached to those terms. Other qualifiers like “Norse tradition” might also be used.”

Are they dangerous?

“…violence rarely erupts from the neo-Völkisch movement.”

So why are they a “hate group” now?

“Hyper-masculine imagery fetishized within neo-Völkisch spheres reinforces misogyny and traditional gender roles.”

Dear Freya! Not “traditional gender roles”! Oh, the humanity! What does that say about the Amish, Muslims, Orthodox Jewry and a large percentage of Latino immigrants? Will those hyper-masculine men make next year’s “Hate Map”?

So where are the 28 Neo-Volkisch groups located? Just where you’d expect to find Norsemen: Grand Rapids, Michigan, Brownsville and Grass Valley, California, Knoxville, Tennessee, Lynchburg, Virginia, and that perennial hotbed of hyper-masculine, horn-helmed hatred, Apache Junction, Arizona.

The other 22 alleged chapters? “Statewide.” Yes, friends, the SPLC has uncovered 28 chapters of a new species of “hate,” but they cannot tell you where 79% of them are actually located.

“That makes perfect sense to us!” quoth the Media. “Nothing to see here…”

In keeping with the man-bashing, the SPLC added a second new category last year, Male Supremacy. Calling it “the gateway drug to the Alt-Right,” (yes, someone was actually paid cash money to write that…), the two new “Male Supremacist” groups seem to be websites, rather than boots-on-the-ground groups that actually do things. The SPLC cites several blogs to prove their existence.

And, wait for it… 100% of these wimmin-hater “groups” are “Statewide.”

Last year, the SPLC counted 201 Black and Black Muslim groups in the land, the largest category by far.

(Even though this number included 68 chapters of the Nation of Islam and eight other Black Muslim groups tucked under the catch-all heading of “General Hate,” subsection, “Other,” none of these Islam-based groups have been deemed to be actual “Muslim hate groups” because the SPLC doesn’t track such things. Irks the donors, dontcha know, and that can run into money.)

This year the number of Black and Black Muslim “hate groups” has increased to 241, including the eight aforementioned “Other” groups, for an increase of 20%. The number of self-described Muslim groups rose from 68 to 94.

As the SPLC’s own chart indicates, these alleged Black “hate groups” have increased by more than 400% since the start of the century.

2018-Black Nationalist _ Southern Poverty Law Center

“Not to worry,” You may say. “The odds are that 8 out of 10 of these alleged “groups” are homeless “Statewide” phantoms.” Actually, only eight out of 241 are “Statewide,” up by a few pegs from last year.

Among the crimes attributed to these “Black Nationalist” groups are “forms of black nationalism [that] are strongly anti-white and anti-Semitic, and a number of religious versions assert that blacks — not Jews — are the Biblical “chosen people” of God.”

Yes, that is correct. The Southern Poverty Law Center has determined who the REAL “chosen people” of God are. Any other group claiming the mantle for themselves is practicing “hate.” Seriously.

Ah, but it plays well with many of the donors of the Fundamentalist Christian and Jewish persuasions.

And that, friends, is the whole purpose of the fantastically lucrative “Hate Map.” As shown, the numbers are not based in any kind of reality, the SPLC cannot identify how many people are actually in these alleged groups and makes no claim that the alleged groups are potentially violent or criminal.

“It’s strictly ideological,” said Mark Potok, and those ideologies, held by a pathetically minute portion of the US population today, are what agitate the donors and power the SPLC’s enormous money machine. Here are a few other things Mr. Potok has had to say about “hate groups” and the SPLC’s methodology:

“The numbers are absolutely soft,” said Mark Potok, a Southern Poverty Law Center spokesman. “We are talking about a tiny number of Americans who are members of hate groups – I mean, infinitesimal.” (Arlene Levinson, “Hate Groups, Crimes Said Rare in US,” Associated Press, July 8, 1999).

“We see this political struggle, right? …I mean we’re not trying to change anybody’s mind. We’re trying to wreck the groups, and we are very clear in our head, this is… we are trying to destroy them. Not to send them to prison unfairly or not take their free speech rights away… but as a political matter, to destroy them.”  (Holiday, 2008, track 13, https://archive.org/details/MarkPotok).

“I don’t think there’s any doubt that these are human beings and it’s a mistake to regard them as just a bunch of sociopaths… though most of them are. Let me say… our aim… sometimes the press will describe us as monitoring hate groups and so on. I want to say plainly that our aim in life is to destroy these groups. Completely destroy them!” (Sept. 2007,  https://youtu.be/fnTz2ylJo_8)

Clearly, neither Mr. Potok, before he got the boot from the company about a year ago, nor any of the six-digit-salaried white millionaires who run the company, or any of the other 295 company employees have any desire or any intention of “destroying” any “hate groups” anytime soon. You don’t kill the Golden Goose.

The SPLC is a multimillion-dollar “advocacy group.” It’s product is “hate group” fearmongering and its loyal customers are the almighty donors, nearly all of whom self-identify as “Progressive.” The company sells the customers what they want and the customers cannot get enough of the product. It’s a business, folks, not a mission.

Charity Navigator says they could be looking at a cool Billion-with-a-B donor-dollars for Fiscal 2017. Those numbers are due out soon and we look forward to breaking them down thereafter.

Charity Navigator: SPLC Donations for 2017 Could Reach One Billion Dollars

December 28, 2017

The Southern Poverty Law Center won’t release its annual IRS Form 990 tax return until February, but preliminary reports indicate that 2017 donations could approach ONE BILLION DOLLARS.

Charity Navigator, a nationally respected rating service of non-profit organizations, noted last April that donations to the SPLC during the first 100 days of the Trump Administration, from January 20 to April 20, 2017 were up by 1,400%.

Charity Navigator, First 100 Days

Source: Charity Navigator

While we do not have the actual figures for that period, the SPLC’s current Form 990 indicates that the company received just over $50 million in donations for FY 2016, which would average out to $12.5 million a quarter.

Math was never our strong suit, we freely admit, but if our back-of-the-envelope calculations are correct, a 1,400% increase on $12.5 million would come to a staggering $187,500,000 for a single quarter alone.

If there are any mathematicians in the house, or functional numerates of any kind, please speak up if these numbers are off in any way.

IF the figures above are accurate, and we multiply them by four to get a total for a full fiscal year, we come up with a nice, round $750,000,000 overall. That’s three-quarters of a billion dollars to you and me.

Keep in mind that total SPLC receipts from 2001 to 2016 “only” add up to around $624 million COMBINED and you can start to comprehend the magnitude of this statistic.

SPLC profits 2001 to 2016

And these numbers only reflect the increase on an average SPLC fiscal quarter. Charity Navigator’s estimate only extends to April, 2017, and while the country experienced numerous political and social events during the year, both Trump- and non-Trump-related, the real floodgates to SPLC donations opened in August, following the infamous Charlottesville riots.

At that time, major corporations, artists and celebrities threw millions at the SPLC in ham-fisted attempts to out-virtue signal each other as to who really hated “hate” more, and that does not include the uncounted number of individual donors who followed suit.

The SPLC makes it so easy to strike a pose and assuage your white guilt: just write a check.

And, as we noted at the time, it only took the SPLC two weeks to figure out how to cash in on the death of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville by slapping her photo on their unscrupulous “Wall of Tolerance” fundraising tool.

We won’t have any idea of the actual magnitude of money that changed hands until next February, but as the SPLC’s fiscal year closes on October 31 each year, it is reasonable to predict that the final quarter of August through October will show an increase far in excess of a mere 1,400%.

The good news is that with a billion dollars in cash coming in, the SPLC can finally retire from the odious fundraising business and live off the interest. Granted, that could put hundreds of SPLC employees out of work, but with the nation’s most profitable non-profit on their resumés, it won’t be long before they are snapped up by other hopeful contenders for the title.

You read it here first, folks.

SPLC profits from “I Am So Sick of White Guys” coloring book

December 23, 2017

As we have noted uncounted times on this blog, there is no legal or even standard definition for a “hate group.” Even the Southern Poverty Law Center, a company that rakes in hundreds of millions of dollars by selling “hate groups” to Progressives, does not have an actual definition for the term.

Instead, the company cooked up a non-definition that is so broad that anyone could figure out some way to apply it to just about any group they wanted. According to the experts at the SPLC:

“All hate groups have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.”

If those are the SPLC’s only criteria, “attacking or maligning an entire class of people,” then does it strike anyone else as odd that “the nation’s leading civil rights organization,” (at least when it was still in the civil rights business several years ago) is accepting a cash percentage from the sales of something called the “I Am So Sick of White Guys” coloring book?

 

Sick-of-White-Guys-book

 

“Relax,” say the authors. This isn’t maligning an entire class of people… it’s satire! Get it?

Sure we get it. Try swapping out the descriptor “White” from the title with any other color/ethnicity in the Diversity Rainbow and see how much fun it is. Change “Guys” to “Gals” (Chicks dig it when you call them “gals,” btw) and watch the Feminist fur fly. Try it at home, “I’m so sick of One-legged, African-American LGBTQRSTUV Activists!.” Why, the variations just write themselves. No “hate” here, after all. It’s satire, fer cryin’ out loud!

As the co-authors, who are both evil white guys themselves, remind us “Be open to hearing other perspectives or opinion. And don’t be so defensive.” Spoken like true Progressives. Say anything you please, as long as we permit it.

Want to have a real hoot? Swap out the picture of Putin with one of George Soros holding the strings. The Anti-Defamation League, which does not have a good track record with satire, will be all over you like the yellow-tooth stink on an Antifa bandana. There’s too much money at stake, don’t you know?

And speaking of money, catch the note at the very bottom of the cover stating that ten percent of this ten-dollar treasure will be donated to the SPLC. Thank heavens for that. According to this year’s online tax records, the company came into 2017 with less than $320 million in tax-free, unrestricted cash-on-hand. This boon could be a game changer.

Or could it? Let’s say they can sell 100,000 copies of this adult coloring book. The $10 grand sent to the SPLC would barely buy a single hour of Millionaire Morris Dees’ frequent speaker’s “honoraria,” and only then if your group wasn’t composed of evil white males. Otherwise, “No dough? No Mo.”

Let’s be optimistic, though. As the SPLC well knows, there are millions of people out there who are really, really sick of white males. Let’s say these guys manage to sell ONE MILLION COPIES of their magnum opus. That’s $100,000 to the cash-strapped SPLC, a whole lot of moolah in anybody’s book.

Well, in anybody’s book except the SPLC’s bookkeeper’s book. Last year the SPLC paid third-party telemarketers $2,266,887 donor-dollars to raise only $1,271,287 donor-dollars, for a net loss of $955,600. A lousy hundred grand wouldn’t even scratch the surface of such an incredible deficit. Instead, the SPLC will simply redirect the donations of everyone who gave through the telemarketers, as well as another 10,000 to 40,000 rank-and-file loyal SPLC donors.

At the end of the day, what we have here is a perfect example of “virtue signalling.” The authors are merely piling on to a bandwagon that has seen celebrities and major corporations demonstrating how much they hate “hate” by simply sending a check to the SPLC, and that doesn’t include the millions of new individual donors the company will pick up this year. That’s all you have to do. Send a little cash to a company that already has more money than it will ever spend and you can sleep the sleep of the Righteous.

Too bad so much of that money will go to pay the telemarketers and the six-digit salaries of the SPLC’s all-white Executive Suite. No matter. “Hate” was fought, after all.

The SPLC has no problem whatsoever if you want to bash white males (as long as they are not gay, Jewish, or one of the other more recent protected status groups) as long as you a) fig-leaf it as satire (“Can’t you take a joke?”), and b) cut the SPLC in for a slice of the pie. No hypocrisy here. Move along.

Don’t take our word for it. Go the company’s website and search “coloring book” and see if you can find anything that says “The SPLC refuses to accept money from a group that attacks or maligns an entire class of people.”

That would be bad for business.

SPLC and “Disqualified Persons”

February 12, 2017

Is there a tax doctor in the house? Last week the Southern Poverty Law Center released its IRS Form 990 tax returns for Fiscal Year 2016. The Form 990 is always an informative read because it contains so much useful information.

Page 1, Line 15 notes that the company paid $20,291,678 in “salaries, other compensation, employee benefits,” (11% of which went to the top 9 execs, leaving the other 282 employees to split the rest for an average of $64,000 each.)

We get that. What we don’t get is the entry on Page 10, Line 6 that reads: “Compensation not included above, to disqualified persons.”

disqualified

Who exactly are these “disqualified persons” and are they being paid outside of the $20 million dollar pot listed on Page 1?

Naturally, the IRS website was virtually incomprehensible on the subject, but several other sources defined disqualified persons as:

  • “Disqualified persons” are those who are in a position to exercise substantial influence over the affairs of the organization, during the five years before the excess compensation was made.

  • “Disqualified persons” would include, for example, voting members of the governing body, and presidents, chief executive officers or chief operating officers, treasurers, and chief financial officers.

  • Also included as “disqualified persons” are certain family members of a disqualified person, and 35% controlled entities of a disqualified person.

  • Other people could also be considered “disqualified persons,” depending upon the relevant facts and circumstances that show substantial influence over the organization, such as a founder, substantial contributor, or manager of a substantial portion of the organization’s activities.

So, apparently, for a 501(c)(3) public charity like the SPLC, “disqualified persons” include founders, presidents, and other top executives, who are already got paid on Page 1, Line 15.

It can also include members of the Board of Directors, who, according to Page 10, receive no compensation for their efforts.

Or, it may include family members of all of the above.

Sadly, the Form 990 does not disclose the identities of the people who are receiving that $14.4 million compensation. Surely somebody has this information. Perhaps the Freedom of Information Act could help?

We ask these impudent questions because the SPLC has a habit of hiding expenditures from the donors. For example, the company routinely makes the claim that “During the last fiscal year, approximately 68% of our total expenses were spent on program services.”

History has shown that this figure relies on the use of legal but ethically dubious gymnastics on the part of the bookkeepers. For example, Page 1, Line 16b of the Form 990 states categorically that “total fundraising expenses” for the year came to $9,689,461, or 21% of expenses for 2016.

Page 10, Line 26, however, notes “joint costs” of $6,989,987. What are “joint costs”? According to the SPLC’s own auditor: “The Center incurred joint costs of $7,983,475 for educational materials and activities as part of fundraising appeals during the year ended October 31, 2016.” (p. 14) Note that the auditor’s figure comes in at nearly a million dollars more than the Form 990.

Translation: “Joint costs are fundraising costs assigned to other departments.” For example, “Management” spent $737,711 on postage last year. That’s more than 1.6 million first-class stamps. Don’t the employees have email? Who else would “Management” need to contact on such a scale?

As Charity Navigator notes on its website: “Although the use of this accounting “trick” is often perfectly in line with the accounting rules for the reporting of joint solicitation costs (AICPA SOP 98-2) these rules allow for many interpretations and judgments that can produce questionable results.”

Add the auditor’s joint fundraising costs to the fundraising costs listed on the Form 990, ($17,672,936) and we’re already looking at 38% of last year’s budget, not the 32% claimed by the SPLC.

As it turns out, compensation to disqualified persons is also spread out across several departments, including another $2 million to fundraising, not listed above. That brings Fundraising’s grand total to $19,834,444, or 43% of the budget, not the 32% claimed by the SPLC.

disqualified2

Long story short, if the Southern Poverty Law Center is willing to obfuscate its fundraising numbers to hide reality from the donors, why wouldn’t it use the same kind of accounting prestidigitation concerning what it pays its all-white executive suite?

Does anyone out there know how Watching the Watchdogs can obtain the names of these mysterious “disqualified persons”? If so, please contact us as soon as possible.

SPLC — 2017 Telemarketing Scam

February 4, 2017

The Southern Poverty Law Center has released its IRS Form 990 and Audited Financial Report for F/Y 2016, and as predicted, it was a very profitable year for the company.

Part of of that success comes from the SPLC’s use of third-party telemarketers who convince first-time donors that their money will be used to somehow “fight hate.” In reality, their money, and that of thousands of existing SPLC donors, will be used to fight poverty — for the telemarketers, that is.

As we’ve reported in years past, the SPLC pays these telemarketers far more than they raise over the phone. Last year the company paid telemarketers $2,266,887 donor-dollars to raise only $1,271,287 donor-dollars, for a net loss of $995,600 (p. 40).

2017-telemarketing-numbers

As usual, the big winner was Grassroots Campaigns who were paid $1.8 million to raise just over $600,000. Telefund only pocketed 62% of the $340,000 it raised, while Harris Marketing kept 83% of the $256,800 it took in.

Since 2011, the SPLC has paid Grassroots  $5,828,603 more than they received in donations. While it seems incongruous that a company like the SPLC, which is forever sending out fundraising letters, as “the need has never been greater,” would be able to survive such financial hemorrhaging, the truth is they’ll make a fortune from it.

In essence, the SPLC is paying the telemarketers for the personal information of thousands of proven first-time donors, which they will feed into their own uber-efficient in-house fundraising machine. They take a loss on the first year but make it up with years, or even decades of successive donations down the road, at a sweet 100% profit.

The company isn’t even taking that much of a hit, as all of the first-time donations go straight to the telemarketers and any deficit is made up out of the existing donor pot, without any of the donors being the wiser.

How many long-time donors does it take to make up a $955,600 “shortage”? At $100 a pop, just under 10,000 donors. At a more reasonable $25 donation rate, just under 40,000 well-meaning suckers.

Granted, the use of third-party telemarketers for such purposes is not illegal and is practiced by many of the largest non-profits in the country. It’s up to the potential donor to ask the solicitor how much of their money will actually reach the SPLC.

Since Grassroots is paid a flat fee, they can even tell Grandma with a straight face that all of her donation will go to “fight hate.” That the SPLC is only going to triple the amount and send it back to Grassroots is merely a minor detail.

We’ve only just made our first pass over the SPLC’s latest financials. Stay tuned for more information on where the money goes.

SPLC — Doubling down on the “Trump Effect”

November 29, 2016

In February of this year, Watching the Watchdogs reported on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s thinly disguised attack on then-candidate Donald Trump that claimed that “election-related” harassment of immigrant and minority children was surging in the public schools due to Trump’s caustic rhetoric. They called the report “The Trump Effect.”

At that time we noted that the SPLC, like all 501(c)(3) nonprofits, was strictly prohibited by IRS tax regulations from promoting or denouncing political candidates during a campaign. The SPLC slid around that regulation by claiming that it had “collected 5,000 comments from 2,000 educators” who responded to an online survey created by the company’s “Teaching Tolerance” wing, which purports to promote diversity in the K-12 classroom.

See, it wasn’t the SPLC attacking Trump, they were simply repeating what they were told by the 2,000 respondents. Get it?

As usual, the Media obediently regurgitated the SPLC’s nonsense without performing even the most rudimentary fact checks, with many of them transmogrifying the company’s claim of “2,000 respondents” into “a survey of 2,000 teachers” and the term “harassment” into “hate crimes.”

What most media outlets conveniently ignored was the clearly stated disclaimer on the “Trump Effect” web page that:

“Our survey of approximately 2,000 K-12 teachers was not scientific. Our email subscribers and those who visit our website are not a random sample of teachers nationally and those who chose to respond to our survey are likely to be those who are most concerned about the impact of the presidential campaign on their students and schools.”

Not only did the SPLC publicly state that their “survey” was not scientific because the respondents were not chosen at random, they can’t even verify that the alleged responses came from actual “educators.”

The same document also notes that “Teaching Tolerance magazine is sent to over 400,000 educators, reaching nearly every school in the country,” and yet the entire “report” is based on only 2,000 anonymous, unverifiable responses?

Either 398,000 “educators” ignored the survey email or the SPLC cherry-picked 2,000 “reliable” people who would give the “right answers.”

Either way, given the widespread media coverage given the “Trump Effect” the reaction among the donors must have been fantastic.

Never one to let a good thing go, on November 28, the SPLC doubled down on its “Trump Effect” cash cow by releasing a new and improved version of the “report,” this time freed from any IRS election-related restrictions.

The new report now claims that “Over 10,000 teachers, counselors, administrators and others who work in schools have responded,” with “more than 25,000 comments.”

As if stung by Watching the Watchdogs‘ observation that all of the alleged responses in the first “report” were anecdotal, anonymous and completely unverifiable, the company made a point of claiming that:

“Nearly all respondents identified themselves by name, email address, grade level and state. More than 1,500 signified a willingness to go on record by giving permission for Teaching Tolerance to share their contact information with the media.”

Despite this apparent willingness to actually document their claims, the 2.0 version of the “Trump Effect” is accompanied by alleged claims by the anonymous likes of “High School Teacher, New York,” and “Elementary School Teacher, Minnesota.” There’s not a single claim backed up the willing 1,500 mentioned above.

And while the company buried its disclaimer a little deeper into the text this time, the song remains the same:

“The results of this survey are not scientific. The respondents were not selected in a manner to ensure a representative sample; those who responded may have been more likely to perceive problems than those who did not.”

Once again, the “report” duly notes that “Teaching Tolerance magazine is sent to more than 400,000 educators, reaching nearly every school in the country,” and yet only 10,000 “educators” allegedly responded.

It’s worth noting that the National Center for Education Statistics estimates that there were more than 3.5 million full-time teachers in the US in 2014, the latest statistical year, meaning that less than three-tenths of a percent of them responded to the SPLC’s open “survey,” anonymously or otherwise. You do the math.

In the long run, it really doesn’t matter. The Media is already regurgitating the SPLC’s “10,000 educator” claims as fact the day after the “report” was released. Even though the company clearly states that its numbers are “not scientific” and has yet to produce one single verifiable respondent, the Media will repeat every last claim as if it were true.

Well played, SPLC. No doubt we’ll see record-breaking donation figures in your next IRS Form 990, as well as much-deserved raises in the six-digit salaries your all-white executives are pulling down.

In the meantime, Watching The Watchdogs will continue to watch and to document your latest fundraising antics. You read it here first.

 


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