Family Research Council

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Phony Lists, and Intimidation

By Family Research Council

What is the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)?

The SPLC calls itself a nonprofit civil rights organization "dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry" by using "litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy."1 It was founded in 1971 as a small civil rights law firm that fought the Ku Klux Klan for financial damages for the victims of Klan violence. But despite its laudable origins, the SPLC has over time fashioned itself into a political referee while simultaneously engaging in progressive activism, using smear tactics, intimidation, and a knack for fundraising to silence its political opponents. As of October 2017, the SPLC boasts 291 employees, 640 contractors,2 six national offices, and an endowment fund of more than $319 million.

1 "About Us," Southern Poverty Law Center, accessed October 11, 2017,

2 SPLC Return, IRS Form 990 (2015), Part V, line 1a and line 2a.