Southern Poverty Law Center

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Southern Poverty Law Center


The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) was founded in 1971 by "Morris Dees, a direct mail marketer who served as National Finance Director for George McGovern's 1972 Presidential campaign."[1] Organized as a 501(c) non-profit, SPLC claims that it is "dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society..."[1]

The Nation's Richest "Civil Rights" Organization

Far from poor, SPLC raises tens of millions of dollars annually, and has grown an endowment of over $250 million. The group maintains offshore bank accounts in the West Indies.

A 1996 USA Today article[2] called the Southern Poverty Law Center "the nation's richest civil rights organization" with $68 million in assets. According to a 2007 Harper's Magazine article, SPLC listed assets totaling $168 million, and pointed out that the sum was more than the annual GDP of the Marshall Islands at the time.[2] Line 20 on the 2008 IRS form 990 for the Southern Poverty Law Center lists total assets of $221,434,949.00.[3]

Defaming Christian Ministries

In November of 2010, SPLC added several mainstream evangelical organizations to their list of "hate" groups in response to those groups' public support for Biblical teaching on the subject of homosexuality.

From Citizenlink:

Just before Thanksgiving, the leftist Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) came out with a report labeling the Family Research Council (FRC), the American Family Association and other family advocates as “hate” groups because of their stand for marriage.
"This is a deliberately timed smear campaign by the SPLC. The Left is losing the debate over ideas and the direction of public policy, so all that is left for them is character assassination. It’s a sad day in America when we cannot, with integrity, have a legitimate discussion over policy issues that are being considered by Congress, legislatures and the courts without resorting to juvenile tactics of name calling."

From The National Prayer Network:

SPLC’s 10-page attack was distributed to 55,000 police officers in America. Called 18 Anti-Gay Groups and Their Propaganda, it encourages police to especially watch the hateful, violence-inciting propaganda from Christian/conservative "watchdog" organizations. These include the American Family Association, Concerned Women for America, Family Research Council, Coral Ridge Ministries, Liberty Council, and Traditional Values Coalition.

According to Dr. Gary Cass, who is affiliated with the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission, "To say that anybody who has a principled objection to homosexuality [and warns of] the impact that that sinful lifestyle has on individuals and on society is somehow morally equivalent to overt racism and violence is absolutely defamatory." [4]


Senior Program Staff, 2010;[3]

Hate and Extremism

Immigrant Justice

Children at Risk

Teaching Tolerance

Board of Directors

Board of Directors, 2010[4]


  1. 1996, Derek A. Wilcox (Ed.) The Left Guide: A Guide to Left-of-Center Organizations, Ann Arbor, MI, Economics America, Inc. p. 355
  2. Andrea Stone, "Morris Dees: At the Center of the Radical Storm," USA Today, August 3, 1996, A-7