Posted on September 16, 2009

Smithsonian Reviews Policy After Rental ‘Mistake’

WTOP-FM (Washington, D.C.), September 15, 2009

The Smithsonian Institution acknowledges it mistakenly rented space to an advocacy group that one civil rights organization calls a hate group.

The Federation for American Immigration Reform made a $5,000 donation to hold an event Tuesday night at the National Postal Museum.

Smithsonian spokeswoman Linda St. Thomas says allowing the group to use museum space violates a policy that bars partisan, political groups. {snip}

FAIR spokesman Dustin Carnevale says the group is nonpartisan. {snip}

The Southern Poverty Law Center has called FAIR a hate group.