Amazon is being called out for its connection with the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has been widely discredited for falsely labeling several conservative and faith-based groups as "hate" groups.
Amazon relies on the SPLC as the gatekeeper for AmazonSmile charitable recipients. Because of this, investor/activist Justin Danhof of the Free Enterprise Project at the National Center for Public Policy Research has concerns about viewpoint discrimination against conservative and Christian organizations. That motivated Danhof to attend Amazon's virtual shareholder meeting on Wednesday to propose the company put an end to this practice with the SPLC.
"What the SPLC is trying to do is draw a moral equivalent by listing good, Christian nonprofit organizations alongside with deplorable groups such as the KKK," Danhof tells OneNewsNow. "We all know the KKK is a hate group – but what the SPLC wants you to think is that Alliance Defending Freedom, Family Research Council and folks who believe like them are also haters."
SPLC takes issue with ADF, FRC, American Family Association (AFA) and others for holding traditional views of marriage.
"So, we filed a resolution with Amazon calling them out on this," Danhof continues. "The FBI used to rely on the SPLC, but they found their list inherently void of fact and stopped using them. Even far-left Twitter … stopped relying on the SPLC in 2019 when a bunch of that organization's scandals were exposed."
Allegations against SPLC included sexual harassment and a toxic workplace for women and people of color.
Danhof also points out that one of the largest recipients of funds through the AmazonSmile program is none other than the SPLC. "So, it decides who gets money and who doesn't – and they decide that they get plenty," he adds.
Amazon's board of directors pushed investors Wednesday to reject the proposal from Danhof. Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon, did not address Danhof's questions. Still, Danhof says tens of thousands of people have made their opinions known to Amazon.
"We have [an online] petition … that goes right to Amazon's board of directors expressing discontent with their close ties to the SPLC and the way that the Smile program is run," Danhof explains. "Tens of thousands of Americans have reached out to us, to sign our petition saying [they've] had enough of this [and] Amazon needs to end this fraudulent relationship."