Judicial Watch has obtained documents which show that the George Soros-funded radical leftist hate group the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) was “officially reprimanded” by the Obama administration for its hateful agenda, but the rebuke was ordered to be put under wraps. As the report notes, “[T]he Obama administration was tight with the SPLC and even hired the controversial nonprofit to conduct diversity training for the government.”
The SPLC maintains a target list of “hate groups” which is chock full of conservative entities and is infamously known as the source of a 2012 domestic terror attack against the Family Research Council. A gunman, Floyd Lee Corkins, used SPLC’s so-called hate map to locate the Christian organization’s headquarters and carry out his attack.
More recently, the SPLC was using its millions in contributions to smear Republican candidates during the campaign. As TruthRevolt reported, the SPLC turned its sites on immigration reform organizations. It got so ugly that a lawsuit was filed from one of the targets to get the SPLC’s non-profit status revoked by the IRS. According to Judicial Watch, the Department of Justice rebuked the SPLC for its bad behavior but didn’t want it to go public under Obama’s watch:
The DOJ reprimand, issued last year but kept quiet at the agency’s request, involves the SPLC’s atrocious behavior during immigration court proceedings. Two groups that oppose illegal immigration, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI), were the target of personal, baseless and below-the-belt attacks from SPLC attorneys during official immigration court proceedings. The SPLC filed a motion attacking and defaming the two respected nonprofits by describing them as “white supremacist”, “eugenicist”, “anti-Semitic”, and “anti-Catholic.” In its reprimand the DOJ says it is troubled by the conduct of SPLC lawyer Christopher Strawn and that his conduct “overstepped the bounds of zealous advocacy and was unprofessional.” Furthermore, SPLC made “uncivil comments that disparaged FAIR and its staff,” the rebuke states, adding that the language constitutes frivolous behavior and doesn’t aid in the administration of justice.
While the Obama administration kept the letter confidential, the SPLC continued “to publicly trash the groups and escalate attacks against them by putting them on the official hate list,” Judicial Watch notes.
FAIR’s executive director Dale Wilcox said in response, “The SPLC’s latest tactic in its never-ending witch-hunt and the federal government’s resulting reprimand should send the following message to the mainstream media: Stop using the SPLC as a legitimate hate-watch source in your news coverage. That a cabal of biased list-keepers can play such an important role in distorting the immigration debate in this country is testament to the utter failure of much of the mainstream media which frequently publishes their inflammatory commentary and refuses to question their baseless methods or financial motivations.”
While this revelation should vindicate the groups listed on the SPLC’s watch list, it’s shameful that the Obama administration actively shielded the organization from public ridicule.