A pair of remaining high-level Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) held a mysterious meeting in Washington, D.C., Friday amid internal strife and increased scrutiny of the once-revered institution.
“Heidi Beirich and Maureen Costello, Director of the Intelligence Project and Teaching Tolerance respectively, were spotted in downtown DC, coming in and out of the Daily Caller’s building throughout the day,” according to a Daily Caller report.
The Caller reported that Beirich threatened to call the police on one of its reporters for asking questions about sexual harassment allegations levied against now-fired co-founder Morris Dees. But Dees’ sexual proclivities are not a new revelation. It has been well-documented that employees within the SPLC have accused him of such behavior, and Big League Politics reported last year that Dees had been accused of molesting his step daughter with a sex toy during divorce proceedings decades ago.
Far more interesting is the mysterious meeting itself, which took place in The Caller’s building, and which its reporters did not ask about.
That building, in the heart of D.C., is home to 10 companies, including the news organization. The organizations include Grenier Law Group, which specializes in civil litigation and wrongful death suits, the Association Management Center, which manages certifications of membership organizations, Multiplier Capital, a financial firm, a tax accounting firm called GKA, and the National Hispanic Medical Association.
The SPLC directors could have met with any of those organizations, but a few seem more likely than the ones mentioned above.
One organization with which the Center could have met seems to align with their mission. Observatory Group, whose mission “is a to help its clients understand the evolution of [their employees’] views, their biases, their institutions, their political constraints, and ultimately, what actions they will take.” At least in theory, the SPLC’s mission is social justice. Meeting with the Observatory Group would make sense to that end.
Two others are law firms.
Mooney, Green, Saindon, Murphy & Welch is a firm that specializes in “assisting unions in responding to governmental investigations and audits,” according to its website.
Though SPLC is not a union, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) has called for a government investigation into the Center’s questionable tax situation, which includes stashing millions in offshore accounts in the Cayman Islands, which is peculiar for a tax-exempt non-profit.
The other law firm, Butsavage & Durkalski, describes itself as having “decades of experience providing counsel to… nonprofit organizations regarding labor and employment matters.”
Big League Politics reached out to all three organizations – the Observatory Group and both law firms. None responded to a comment request.
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Black Rifle Coffee Does Not Support Second Amendment Hero Kyle Rittenhouse
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Black Rifle Coffee, a coffee company based in Salt Lake City, is not defending 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse.
The company said that it was against a tweet that Blaze Media reporter, Elijah Schaeffer, posted that featured Rittenhouse wearing a Black Rifle Coffee Company shirt captioned “Kyle Rittenhouse drinks the best coffee in America.” Rittenhouse was released on November 20, 2020 after supporters were able to raise $2 million for his bail.
In the tweet, Schaeffer posted a discount code for the coffee. Sara Tabin of The Salt Lake Tribune noted that online Twitter users “questioned whether the coffee company had a sponsorship deal with Rittenhouse and accused it of supporting murder and hate.”
This prompted Black Rifle Coffee, the sponsor of the Slightly Offens*ve podcast, to release a statement on November 21 declaring that it is not sponsoring or supporting Rittenhouse.
Initially, there was a misunderstanding about the company withdrawing its sponsorship of Slightly Offens*ve. However, a spokesperson for the company told the Salt Lake Tribune on November 21 that “We are not fluctuating our ad spend.” The coffee spokesperson added “We did have a conversation with Schaffer, and he understands that the post was a mistake.”
She stressed, “We don’t traffic in national tragedy and to us, that’s what this is. We are not legal experts or members of law enforcement. We fully support all law enforcement officials and believe in the integrity of the legal system.”
The spokesperson reiterated that the company will maintain its sponsorship of Blaze Media. She explained: “Our concern is that use of the discount code in the post did not reflect our values. That’s a concern we’ve addressed with the journalist and that he understands.”
Blaze employees “make decisions about how to allocate ad dollars within the Blaze,” she remarked. Although the spokesperson did not go into further detail about the company’s status as a podcast sponsor, it noted that the coffee company and the Blaze are in talks about “how to move forward with the allocation of ad dollars.”
Black Rifle Coffee positions itself as a pro-Second Amendment, conservative company that was founded by veterans. Black Rifle Coffee co-founder Evan Hafer released a statement on November 21 declaring that “We do not support legal advocacy efforts. We do not sponsor nor do we have a relationship with the 17-year-old facing charges in Kenosha, WI.”
At the moment, Rittenhouse is facing two counts of first-degree murder for shooting and killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber during a Black Lives Matter riot back in August. In addition, he’s being charged with one count of being a minor in possession of a firearm. During the riots, Rittenhouse was attacked by Rosenbaum. Rittenhouse was carrying an AR-style rifle as he was walking down the street to protect private property from looters.
It is disappointing to see supposedly pro-Second Amendment businesses fold to the mob. Although the Left is very effective at mass politics and causing certain businesses to get cancelled, some businesses will have to take a stand. Submission to these radicals only encourages them to become bolder in their attacks.
Can Americans actually grow a spine for once?
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