Tuesday, May 26, 2015

North Carolina Killer a Fan of the Southern Poverty Law Center | The Weekly Standard

North Carolina Killer a Fan of the Southern Poverty Law Center | The Weekly Standard

The SPLC’s Outright Telemarketing Scam




ago, we gave the Southern Poverty Law Center the benefit of the doubt
concerning their dubious
telemarketing practices
. Today, with the release of their 2014 IRS
Form 990 tax report, we cannot cover for their outright telemarketing scam any


On the
right is the SPLC’s IRS Form 990 for the fiscal year ending October 31, 2014.


For the
fourth consecutive year, SPLC Founder Morris Dees, who bills himself as a
“sound steward” of the donors’ money has deliberately scammed tens of thousands
of well-meaning donors through his network of paid telemarketing rip-off


To wit,
for the past four years Mr. Dees has continued his relationship with Grassroots
Campaigns of Boston, Mass, despite the horrific hemorrhaging of donor dollars.
Grassroots has cost the SPLC hundreds of thousands, and even millions of
dollars each year for their fundraising efforts:










How in
the world can Mr. Dees continue to deal with a company that has blatantly
siphoned $3,369,345 donor-dollars out of his coffers over the past four years?
These horrendous figures more than wipe out every dollar raised by his other
telemarketing cronies, not that that amounted to all that much.


out Telefund, Inc. of Denver, we see that they raised $561,102 in the name of
the SPLC  in 2014, and only pocketed $422,292 in fees, leaving the SPLC
$138,811, or a whopping 25% of the donation money.


anyone tell the donors that Telefund was pocketing three quarters of their


But that’s
all chump change compared to the experts at Harris Marketing group, who raised
$213,694 in the name of the SPLC and “fighting hate,” and only pocketed
$192,928, or a mere 90% of the money donated over the phone.


And yet,
Morris Dees could not be happier with the results because Grassroots, Telefund
and Harris all sold their information to him. For mere pennies on the dollar,
Mr. Dees buys solid donor leads that he can feed into his own uber-efficient
in-house fundraising machine at 100% profit down the road.


Best of
all, it was the stupid donors who unwittingly paid to have their information
sold to Mr. Dees. You really cannot beat that for “stewardship.”


Dees will
lose money on the deal this year, but it’s nothing compared to the tens of
millions he stands to gain from these donors over the coming decades.


But think
about it. In 2014, Mo Dees paid $2,537,027 to third-party telemarketers to
raise $1,979,272 in donor-dollars, meaning that the telemarketers kept every
last dime they solicited over the phone in the name of the SPLC as well as an
additional $557,755 out of the SPLC’s existing donor till


“sound stewardship?”  At $100 dollars apiece “only” 25,370 of the 2014
donors got screwed out of their donations. A mere pittance. At $50 dollars a
pop the number jumps to more than 50,000 suckers, and yet, Mo Dees calls this
“sound stewardship?”


it anyway you want, but at least 25,000 well-meaning donors got screwed out of
their money, just as they have for the past four years.


It’s time
that the media and the IRS investigates the criminal scamming of the Southern
Poverty Law Center. This is nothing less than blatant fraud. Selling the
suckers one thing and giving them something far less.





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