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SPLC Accepted Millions From Bernie Madoff Managed Nonprofit

The SPLC was tied to the shady the fraudster before his empire fell apart.

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One of America’s most influential nonprofits, whose racket is labeling mainstream conservatives as hateful bigots, accepted a huge amount of money from another nonprofit managed by noted financial fraudster Bernie Madoff.

According to Influence Watch, the Southern Poverty Law Center accepted $3,793,112 between 2001 and 2008 from the Picower Foundation. In fact, during the 15-year period between the turn of the millennium and 2015, the Picower Foundation was the SPLC’s single largest donor.

The foundation was founded by Jeffry and Barbara Picower in 1989, but its $1 billion in assets were managed by Madoff himself, until Madoff’s $68.4 billion Ponzi scheme fraud was exposed and his empire collapsed, along with the foundation. Jeffry Picower and Madoff were personal friends for 30 years. Picower was the single largest beneficiary of Madoff’s scheme, bagging more cash from the racket than Madoff himself.

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The losses sustained by ordinary people due to Madoff’s fraud were enormous. Tens of thousands of people lost their retirement funds. For the most part, their losses could not be recouped, given that the money Madoff claimed to manage largely did not exist.

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So what did SPLC do with the $3.8 million in dirty money that it received from the Madoff-managed charity? Did they return it to help make the victims of America’s largest financial crime whole?

Big League Politics reached out to the SPLC to ask, but the center ignored multiple comment requests.

The connection between the SPLC and the Picower Foundation has been scantly reported. It has only been mentioned in passing in a few news articles since the foundation closed in 2009. The foundation was the 71st-largest in America at the time of its collapse, and had donated millions to other nonprofits, including the New York Public Library and the Children’s Health Fund. It also made a $50 million grant to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for a brain research center.

Jeffry Picower died in 2009. But as the powerful elite often do, his wife returned to a life of high profile nonprofit management in 2014, heading up the JPB Foundation and managing over $1.1 billion in assets.

Last week, the SPLC fired its own co-founder, 82-year-old Morris Dees, citing Dees’ failure to live up to an unspecified standard of conduct.

Big League Politics reported internal strife at the SPLC, and that female and black employees felt disenfranchised within the organization. That reporting was later confirmed by several outlets. Meredith Horton, a black female attorney at the center, resigned just weeks before Dees’ termination, citing the issues mentioned above in an email that was eventually forwarded to the entire SPLC staff.


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‘WHAT A DISASTER:’ Iowa Caucus Results Delayed in Vote Count Catastrophe

The nation is left with more questions than answers on the night of the Iowa Caucus.

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The Iowa Caucus was intended to kick off the Democratic Presidential primary by highlighting candidates with a credible shot of winning the nomination.

Instead, the first-in-the nation caucus seems to be more representative of the Democratic Party’s incompetence, after results for the caucus are delayed for an unforeseen “quality assurance” tabulation process. The development has many election hawks and Democrats howling mad, with many suspecting the DNC is dipping into its bag of old tricks with the hopes of blunting or preventing a Bernie Sanders victory in the caucus.

There are many reports of caucus precinct coordinators being totally ignored when trying to report the results of their local caucuses to the Iowa Democratic Party. At least one caucus organizer was outright hung up on by the party when he called in to report results- while speaking to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer live on air.

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The mass of confusion is being traced to the failure of an app designed to report results. Iowa Democrats simply explained the unusual delay as the result of “inconsistencies,” offering little to no in depth explanation for what seems to be third world election practices.

Although we’re inexplicably left without any vote tallies the night of the election, exit polls and crowd sizes suggest that polling frontrunner Sanders has a strong chance to win. Pete Buttigieg also appears set for a strong second place performance. Sanders expressed confidence in a strong performance when addressing his supporters in the state.

Former Vice President Joe Biden appears slated for an embarrassment, outright failing to advance to the “viable” stage in many precinct and regional caucus. It’s not entirely impossible that Biden finishes fourth in the primary, a surprise development that would leave the candidate many assumed to be an easy frontrunner for the Democratic nomination struggling as he lags to New Hampshire and later primary states.

MSNBC talking heads could be overheard referring to the caucus as a “disaster” in a some capacity in leaked audio.

As of late Monday night, the Iowa Democratic Party is yet to report any vote results, let alone declare a winner. Big League Politics is continuing to monitor the situation.

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