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Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) sent a letter earlier this week to Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service Charles Rettig urging an investigation into whether the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) should retain its classification as a 501(c)(3).
The letter said in part:
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“RECENT NEWS REPORTS HAVE CONFIRMED THE LONG-ESTABLISHED FACT THAT THE SPLC REGULARLY ENGAGES IN DEFAMATION OF ITS POLITICAL OPPONENTS. IN FACT, THE SPLC’S DEFINING CHARACTERISTIC IS TO FUNDRAISE OFF OF DEFAMATION.
Cotton is correct, the SPLC is an over-the-line, liberal, loony-toons group dedicated to fighting anybody or anything that identifies as conservative. It’s supposedly an anti-hate group, but it has been spreading lies, misinformation, and hate for years. The SPLC targets many groups and people as “haters” who aren’t actually spreading hate but have different political or religious beliefs than the SPLC. The SPLC thinks that orthodox Christians are “hate-filled” for their belief that gay marriage is a sin.
SPLC - Lies - Attacks - Organizations - Family
SPLC’s lies have led directly to violent attacks on conservative organizations like the Family Research Council and the more recent shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise. And in a case that was crazy even for them, was the SPLC’s slandering of a peaceful Muslim as an Islamophobic extremist. Maajid Nawaz is a former Muslim extremist who now spends his time fighting against the spread of radical Islam in the West. For his efforts, he was threatened with death by Islamists, and been slandered as an “Islamophobe” and a hate group by the SPLC. Maajid sued in June 2017, and a year later the SPLC settled with Maajid for $3,375,000 and a public apology.
The Senator’s letter continued (full letter embedded below):
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THIS BUSINESS MODEL HAS PAID WELL. THE SPLC HAS ACCRUED MORE THAN $500 MILLION IN ASSETS. ACCORDING TO THE GROUP’S MOST RECENT FINANCIAL STATEMENT, IT HOLDS $121 MILLION OFFSHORE IN NON-U.S. EQUITY FUNDS. THE SPLC...
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