Southern Poverty Law Center Unveiled, Part I


There are many liberal organizations that have fallen over the edge, going as far as breaking the law to fulfill the socialist dreams that reside in their fevered brains. There are many organizations that will coerce and defame any individual or group that disagrees with them, slandering them by calling them “racists” or haters, to try and silence the opinions of those who disagree.

Morris Dees

Of all these Obama-aligned leftist organizations, none is more pronounced in their violent rhetoric or more misleading in its rhetoric than the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

Created in 1971, it is nothing more than a leftist organization whose goals seem to be to advocate for all liberal positions on immigration, multiculturalism, homosexuality and Islam. While having these positions are not in itself a problem, the processes that this organization uses against those with whom they disagree may be.

SPLC was founded by Morris Dees whose sole purpose, according to his law partner Millard Fuller, was to make money – a lot of it – and he didn’t care how.


Morris Dees

Dees, in 1958, served as the state campaign manager for McDonald Gallion, a segregationist running for attorney general in Alabama. The year 1961 saw the beating of the Freedom Riders in Montgomery and when one of the men charged with the beating came to the Dees/Fuller office for representation, they took the case. The White Citizens Council and KKK financed the legal fees.

Dees went on in 1971 to start the Southern Poverty Law Center with Julian Bond and Joseph Levin (who left the SPLC in 1976).

Dees in 1975 was removed from court for trying to bribe a witness in the Joan Little case. The charges were later dropped but the presiding judge refused to let Dees back into his court. This was one of the first cases involving the Nation Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, a communist group intent on turning the trial into a political movement rather than a legal one.

national alliance

Dees went on to fundraise for Jimmy Carter but felt that Carter was not extreme enough. He was a fundraiser for both Ted Kennedy in 1980 and Gary Hart in 1984.

By 1988, as a result of mailing appeals to almost half a million Americans, he lured in many and was known to be a left-of-center group that raised more money than any other.

In 1993, because of fundraising practices that provoked watchdog groups to question the practices they used, the American Institute of Philanthropy rated the SPLC a “D’ on an “A to F” scale.

In 1991,  Klanwatch formed as part of the SPLC, but rather than assisting clients, the Klanwatch was used as a clandestine arm of the FBI and other law enforcement agencies. Randal Williams, the founder of Klanwatch, and four staff attorneys resigned in 1968 .

In 1994, the Montgomery Advertiser exposed the unethical fundraising of Dees and the SPLC, Including a fundraising letter that stated the SPLC had gotten an award from the United Klan of America to pay $7 million to the mother of Michael McDonald when in actuality, she only received a little less that $52,000. What was even more unethical, the SPLC used the lie in mailings to supporters, bringing in millions of dollars.

SPLC claims to be working for the right of blacks, a crusader for the suffering and, yet, it is run by whites, hiring only two black staff attorneys, both of which left in short order.

In 1986, the entire SPLC staff resigned in protest of the direction the SPLC was taking. Instead of chasing the Klan, a largely irrelevant, forgotten group in the United States, the staff thought more time should be spent on issues more important to poor minorities, such as poverty, jobs,voter registration, and homelessness. Dees disagreed, and was more concerned about keeping the money flowing. Since 1984, the SPLC has taken in about $62 million dollars, with only $21 million going to programs according to tax records on file.

In 1994, the Birmingham News investigation showed that blacks were not happy working there. Christine Lee who interned at the SPLC in 1984 was told, “We don’t need black people telling us how to handle black problems.” Dees responded “ We don’t have white slots and black slots. The most discriminated people in the country are white men when it comes to jobs.”

In an article reported in 1996, it was reported that Dees SPLC was the richest civil rights organization with $68 million in assets. In the same article in USA today, Stephen Bright, a Dees associate, told a reporter that “Dees is a fraud who has lied to a great many wonderful, caring people”.

Not to be deterred, Dees was found to be “misinforming” the press about a black church burning in April 1996. He has pushed to label associations of two or more people who train in firearms as “illegal militias”

There are rumors of Dees paying witnesses and supplying hush money in the trial of Tom Metzger, a neo-Nazi extremist. These accusations were put forward by Greg Withrow, one of the witnesses.

The next part will cover what the SPLC is up to now, and how this leftist organization is breaking down the culture of this country, part of Obama’s fundamental transformation.


by John Velisek USN (Ret.)



  3. SPLC article featured in communist newspaper, The Daily Caller, January 22, 2011
  13. Silverstein, Ken. “The Church of Morris Dees: How the Southern Poverty Law Center Profits from Intolerance”. Harper’s, November, 2000.
  14. Morse, Dan and Greg Jaffe. “Critics Question $52 Million Reserve, Tactics of Wealthiest Civil Rights Group”. Montgomery Advertiser, February 13, 1994
  15. Before Shooting: Southern Poverty Law Center Put Family Research Council on ‘Hate Map’ – See more at: CNSNews, April 16, 2012
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