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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Democrats Introduce Expanded Background Check Legislation
Democrats are going to implement a background check which targets “extremism.”
Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and California Congressman Mike Thompson brought forward legislation on March 2, 2021 that aims to broaden the federal background check system on firearms sales, according to a report by The Hill.
Under The Background Check Expansion Act, gun sales and purchases between all unlicensed sellers and buyers would be subject to a mandatory background check. The background checks would not be applicable for law enforcement officers, lending out firearms for the purpose of hunting, temporary transfers for self-defense, or family members gifting a firearm.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and 43 Senate Democrats have co-sponsored this bill. Thompson, who is the chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, reintroduced this legislation in the U.S. House
“For years, the bipartisan House-passed background checks bill languished in the Senate under Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. Now, with Senate Democrats in the Majority, we have the opportunity to act on this overwhelmingly popular, lifesaving legislation to protect American communities,” Schumer declared in a press release.
According to a CBS News report, President Joe Biden has repeatedly called on Congress to pass stiffer gun control laws. This gun control bill will not pass so easily given how it will need 10 Republican senators to vote in favor of it.
Against the backdrop of the January 6 storming of the Capitol, such a background check will likely feature provisions that target so-called “extremists.” The ruling class has routinely lumped average gun owners with domestic extremists and will most certainly use recent events to justify encroachments on people’s right to bear arms.
Biden is a veteran of the gun control movement, as evidenced by his sponsorship of the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. With Democrats in control of all branches of the federal government, they will certainly move to pass gun control. However, their success is not guaranteed due to moderate Democrats like Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema and West Virginia Joe Manchin not being completely receptive to radical gun control that could alienate them from their more right-wing constituents.
Nevertheless, the Left has shown that it’s willing to act regardless of the political context. Keeping this in mind, gun owners must be ready to beat back any kind of gun control coming from D.C. Such fights will allow the Right to rebuild its forces and make a splash in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential race.
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