Two organizations that have been targets of the Southern Poverty Law Center are encouraged that U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton is going after the SPLC.
The Arkansas Republican has sent a letter to the IRS demanding it investigate whether the wealthy SPLC should lose its tax-exempt status.
His letter comes in the wake of weeks of turmoil with the SPLC struggling over scandals of alleged racism and sexism. The organization fired its co-founder, saw its president and other leaders resign, and lost a prominent member of its board.
Frank Gaffney is president of the Center for Security Policy, one of the groups targeted by the SPLC.
“I really commend Sen. Cotton for this initiative,” Gaffney tells OneNewsNow. “As he points out, the business model of the Southern Poverty Law Center has for decades been to fundraise off the defamation of individuals with whom the organization mostly simply disagrees with politically."
Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, another SPLC target, tells OneNewsNow that the tax-exempt status of the SPLC means there is room for government oversight.
OneNewsNow reported in an April 8 story that FAIR has assembled a long list of news stories that are critical of the SPLC, which is ironic since the media often uses the SPLC as a go-to source in news stories that include the “hate group” label.