Southern Poverty Law Center’s Criteria for Naming ‘Hate Groups’ Subpoenaed

Barbara Hollingsworth, CNS News, March 7, 2014

A local official in Virginia has subpoenaed the Montgomery, Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the SPLC Task Force on Hate in the Public Sphere for the criteria it uses to designate other organizations as “hate groups.”

The subpoenas were filed February 28th in Loudoun County Circuit Court. They request “all written criteria, guidelines, bylaws or rules used by Southern Poverty Law Center to designate organizations or groups as ‘hate groups’ from the inception of the Southern Poverty Law Center to the present date.” (See Delgaudio_Vs-SPLC_Inc-.pdf & Delgaudio Vs. SPLC Taskforce.pdf)

Leesburg, Va. attorney Charles King filed the subpoenas on behalf of four-term incumbent Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling), who is battling an effort to remove him from office under a rarely used Virginia law that allows elected officials to be ousted for “[a] neglect of duty, [b] misuse of office, or [c] incompetence in the performance of duties.”

The designation of Public Advocate of the United States, the conservative 501(c)(4)group Delgaudio runs, as a “hate group” by the SPLC was specifically cited in the complaint against him filed in court:

“The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) charged that Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio heads a gay-bashing ‘hate group’ called ‘Public Advocate’ and the charge is indisputable; Mr. Delgaudio has merged his function as an elected official of this County with his advocacy for this ‘hate group,’ Public Advocate.

“Accordingly, Mr. Delgaudio has neglected his duty to maintain this ‘hate group’ as a separate undertaking from his elected duties as a Supervisor, and thus misused his office in this regard, and recklessly exposed our Board to charges that we endorse intolerance toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered persons, fairly described as ‘gay bashing’ given Public Advocate’s declared agenda,” the complaint, which was filed on January 27, stated.

SPLC’s website says it “monitors hate groups and other extremists throughout the United States and exposes their activities to law enforcement agencies, the media and the public.” Public Advocate is listed on SPLC’s “hate map” as one of 26 groups designated as such in Virginia and is also listed in SPLC’s “Anti- LGBT” category.

“I’m asking for the file on Supervisor Delgaudio and Public Advocate because they’ve done this to a number of other conservative organizations,” King told “He doesn’t do anything other than advocate that people write or call their congressmen, using skits, petition drives, rallies and protests. This is all First Amendment stuff.”


King is requesting all research, electronic or written correspondence, witness testimony, and “all staff memorandums and writings of any kind,” including minutes and videos of staff meetings, that were used by SPLC to come to the conclusion that Public Advocate is a “hate group.”


According to the complaint, Donna Mateer, a former part-time employee on Delgaudio’s county staff, accused him of requiring her to spend more than 372 hours setting up fundraising appointments for him on county time, allegedly costing Loudoun taxpayers $7,082.25.

A special grand jury was convened on Feb. 5, 2013 to look into the allegations. But after a six-month investigation by a special prosecutor called in from another county and the testimony of 31 witnesses on allegations that Delgaudio “improperly used Loudoun County resources for personal gain,” the grand jury declined to indict him.

Instead, it issued a report stating that Public Advocate and [Delgaudio’s] campaign “created the potential for perceived malfeasance and unintentional cross-over between county business and the supervisor’s private activities.”


In a March 4 press release, King said that government phone logs show that Mateer spent just two and a half hours making 107 calls from a list Delgaudio had given her. “The preliminary data does not corroborate Ms. Mateer’s allegation.”

“None of the people called donated to either my campaign or Public Advocate,” Delgaudio later told

On July 17, 2013, “drawing principally upon the statement of Ms. Donna Mateer and the critical grand jury report,” Delgaudio was reprimanded by the all-Republican Board of Supervisors and stripped of his staff and budget. He was later reinstated to the board’s Land Use Committee.



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  • If the SPLC forks over the goods, they’ll be nothing but blank pieces of paper. Because the SPLC has no criteria. They just stick wet thumbs into the wind to find out what rich KKKrazy Glue-sniffing libs are worried about, then define “hate” from there. IOW, “hate” to the SPLC is whatever it needs to be to maximize contributions to the SPLC.

    The only reason the SPLC is on this homphobia and transphobia kick is because they want to get into the purses of gay men.

    • curri

      Quotes from Mark Potok available at the “watching the watchdogs” site:

      “Mark Potok, a center spokesman, says there’s no shared definition of what constitutes hate speech.

      “There is no legal meaning. It’s just a phrase,” Potok says. “Hate speech is in the ear of the beholder.”
      (May 5, 2013, CNN com, “When Christians become a ‘hated minority‘”)

      And what exactly are Mr. Potok’s exacting standards when it comes to applying the lucrative “hate group” stamp of disapproval? According to Mark Potok:

      “…a “hate group” has nothing to do with criminality… [or] potential for violence…” Rather, as Potok put it, “It’s all about ideology.”,

      • Fr. John+

        yup- and that’s why the major players in the SPLC are all Norwegian Lutherans… right? (Oy! wrong!)

    • AndrewInterrupted

      I’m sure they’re aggressively pursuing Ellen Degenerate for her transphobic hate speech at the Academy Awards recently. It meets their criteria.

  • IstvanIN

    I have actually gotten mailings from Public Advocate, never paid much attention to them and never sent any money. If he is running a private group from his public office during the hours he is being paid by the public, that is what he should be called on, not because the SPLC calls it a hate group. To me a hate group would be one actually threatening violence against people or groups or threatening the violent overthrow of the government. Like Muslims. That would seem to be clear-cut. It would be interesting to see SPLC criteria, if any, for what they deem a hate group.

    • Sick of it

      We have government officials working on violently overthrowing our government (based upon the Constitution). The system is broken.

  • D.B. Cooper

    HOW many times have I pointed out that no one ever goes after the flesh and blood individuals hiding behind the name of an organization? Many of them take great efforts to remain anonymous. Let’s go after their careers. (Taken from: “SPLC never had a minority in a top position in its 41 year history”)
    Richard Cohen — President/CEO — $340,923
    Morris Dees — Founder and Chief Trial Counsel — $344,771
    Michael Toohey, Former COO, $234,309
    Joseph Levin — Director and General Counsel — $185,102
    Mary Bauer — Legal Director — $168,819
    Teenie Hutchinson — Secretary — $162,644
    Wendy Via — Development Director — $166,760 (+$19,582)
    Mark Potok — Senior Fellow — $162,206 (+$10,814)
    David Utter — Director — Miami – $158,013
    Sheila Bedi — Deputy Legal Director – $129,893

    • AndrewInterrupted

      This lack of diversity is a hate crime, I agree.
      These people need to be prosecuted.
      President Coulter will deal with them soon.
      Domestic terrorism of this kind has no place
      once we take America back.

      Look at all those gleaming crocodile smiles.

    • Spartacus

      Have you noticed that none of them appear to be eskimos ?

    • Extropico

      Actually a minority is rather predominant at SPLC.

      • c684570

        We are not permitted to speak about that particular minority here at Amren.

      • AndrewInterrupted

        Interesting angle for a countersuit, I must admit.

        “Diversity for thee, but not for we”.

        That might just be the poetic justice (wooden stake) those haters need.

    • sbuffalonative

      That’s why I refer to them as the Southern, Anything But Poverty Law Center.

    • Katherine McChesney

      Where is Heidi Beirich?

      • AndrewInterrupted

        Here she is.

    • A Freespeechzone

      As shown by the salaries; labeling groups by this vermin literally pays off.

      Make NO MISTAKE, it boils down to the money.

      • bilderbuster

        It’s all part of the Jewish Agenda.

        • Alexandra1973

          So Jews are trying to take over the world or something?

          If anything they’re someone’s willing puppets.

    • blight14

      Its almost as if there’s a ‘pattern’ to the $PLC roster……Hmmmmm, let me ponder that for 3 milliseconds……

    • bilderbuster

      Those photos look like they came from the rogues gallery of The Kosher Nostra.

  • JSS

    If your an average White male then according to the SPLC your a hater. That’s their criteria. Because they hate us.

  • WR_the_realist

    Mark Potok has made it plain that a sufficient reason to be labeled a “hate group” and be targeted for destruction is if an organization opposes homosexual marriage. This is a position that only a few decades ago was held by 90% of card carrying Democrats.

    • haroldcrews

      Including Bill Clinton and Barak Obama.

      • bilderbuster

        Billy & Barry are married to lesbians.

  • slash345

    The blacks better watch out.

    Soon as Obama leaves office they’re free game.

    You reap what you sow.

  • DailyKenn

    Sometimes I wonder if being included on SPLC’s hate list of ‘hate’ groups is a positive!

    • Alexandra1973

      It means you’re not buying into the baloney being fed us.

    • It’s been a while, but I think I discovered Amren due to it being on the SPLC website.

      • AndrewInterrupted

        I call it advertising.

  • Since I blew $200k in attorney’s fees on a failed lawsuit, my sympathies are with this guy. The legal system is corrupt. The judges make decisions based on their own interpretations of law, not what it says. Since the SPLC are the darlings of Washington, they will walk and Mr. Delgaudio will be paying his lawyers for the next 20 years on the easy payment plan.

    • LHathaway

      What was your lawsuit?

      • AndrewInterrupted

        I read his story from some blogging he did last week. I don’t remember which link. He got railroaded by a bunch of Greaserito perverts in the San Antonio school system.

    • seapeaMP

      Are you saying lawyers in the harry potter dress are prone to making “queer” interpretations of law? Shocking, very shocking!

      “Diversity” is a code word for White genocide.

  • Marc Zuckurburg

    Yeah I get a couple of e-mails every day from this Seligman Dees character begging me to the point of a digital equivalent of an unspeakable act for money, those e-mails are interspersed among all the e-mails I get from Jewish women telling me to die in a gas chamber.

    I sent this Dees $10 just to see if that would shut him up, but to no avail.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      You wandered off the reservation with that badger you married.
      Moses wants to have a chat with you in heaven’s penthouse suite.

  • Rhialto

    The SPLC criterion for Hate Group: A group that Liberals hate.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    The SPLC is an anti-white hate group whose sole purpose is to reduce white liberties and freedoms. They’re really just another front for white genocide.

    • seapeaMP

      If I might be so bold to make a slight amendment to your statement…

      The SPLC is an anti-white hate group whose sole purpose is to reduce
      white liberties and freedoms WHILE GETTING RICH IN THE PROCESS. They’re really just another front for white genocide.

  • JohnEngelman

    It ought to be possible for organizations listed as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center to sue SPLC for libel.

  • Conrad

    I can answer that. If you’re white & normal, you are a hater! And if you talk to anyone, you’re a hate group. See how easy that is?!

  • smedley

    That’s simple. They show you a picture of Al Sharpton butt plugging Jesse Jackson and if you grimace – you be racciss.

  • Cid Campeador

    THe SPLC is the epitome of a “Hate Group”.
    They’re nothing more than Sturm Abteilung with brief cases.

  • MBlanc46

    Excellent. About time someone stands up to those punks.

    • Ograf

      Dr. WLP certainly told the truth in his ADV broadcasts regarding all that nonsense.

  • AndrewInterrupted

    I checked out the “hate map”. Is there a separate “hate map” for all the Zionist sites?
    I can’t find it. It must be a big file. Maybe it’s in ZIP format?
    Will I have any hard drive space left if I download it?

    • Extropico

      The “hate map” of Virginia doesn’t list a single overt Muslim or Jewish group, unless one counts the Black-nationalist Nation of Islam, which is a racial group by religious proxy. They fear going after the Muslim ethnic groups, because the Orthodox Jews are the next logical target.

      • NeverAgain

        So you have seen the only “Hate Groups” happen to be white? How many white activist organizations are there for white people? It would be nice to have,hmm say NAAWP. We have the Invisible Empire still out there. Now they’re called terrorists. When is the last time you heard of the real Klan doing anything like they were accused of before the Civil Rights stuff started? Those were idiots that did that and used the Klan’s name when there were less than 15 friends stirring up trouble.
        As long as people are going to keep their nose up N0bama’s a$$ I doubt they will come forward to help.

  • Fr. John+

    Some will not like this, but sue their gefilte fish behinds off! Bankrupt these lying scum.
    Ps. 139,22

    • blight14

      Fr. John+, EVERYONE I know would love to see the $PLC brought up on charges and incarcerated! (and then some……..)

  • robinbishop34

    Just a few days ago Ramzpaul made a video about the SPLC targeting him by putting his image on some of their propaganda literature. They’ve listed him as the third most dangerous person on the internet and had his photo under an image of a rifle and a swastika.

  • nignogger

    What is ironic is that the SPLC and ADL are also hate groups, from a different perspective. what makes these two super hate groups so powerful and influencial is that these two groups are very well funded from the tribe; also these two groups have on their payroll legions of staff attorney’s, also from the tribe. Looking at the roster of ‘legal’ experts and staff ‘consultants,, you’d think your looking at a roster for a local bar mits vah.

    • Ograf

      I once sent a professionally written email to the ADL asking them to explain to me the difference between the NAACP and the NAAWP. I said they were both groups wanting to further their lives and business etc. Needless to say I did not receive a reply.

    • Alexandra1973

      Problem is a lot of them have their noses in that damned Talmud and not in the Torah (Bible).

  • JohnEngelman

    What does one have to do to qualify as a SPLC certified hate group?

    Perhaps I could start a post office box and label it as “The White Working Man’s Racial Socialist Party.” Then I could write an angry letter to SPLC with my post office as the return address. Do you think that would get me on the hate list?

    • WR_the_realist

      Of course. It’s quite easy to get the $PLC to portray you as being as dangerous as Adolf Hitler. For example, post some funny videos skewering political correctness that result in you being invited to speak at an Amren conference, and accept the invitation. That was enough to get RamzPaul named the third most dangerous man in America.

      • bilderbuster

        Adolf Hitler wasn’t dangerous until after England & France declared war on Germany in 1939. Up until then the German people felt quite safe.

        • Except for Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, the mentally-ill, und so Weite. Adolf gave us the atom bomb for free with his persecution of Jews.

          • bilderbuster

            MCS, I did say the German people so that automatically excludes Jews & Gypsies. As far as the homosexuals were concerned they weren’t particularly mistreated as long as they weren’t open or promoting it. Ellen wouldn’t have had her own show but homosexuals like the old school Billy Jean King & Rock Hudson would have been tolerated to a certain extent.
            A Barney Frank would’ve chosen to leave like Einstein did but I don’t think Adolf could have blessed America with this gift to mankind as America was a bit saner in those days & wouldn’t have accepted a known homosexual as an immigrant.

          • Which side would you like me on?

          • bilderbuster

            And plenty more fought against it far from the battlefield. But your point is?

          • My “point”? My country, right or wrong.

          • bilderbuster

            I disagree.
            No disrespect to Vietnam vets but I’ve asked older friends of mine who were there why they went & pretty much to a man they said that’s what they thought they were supposed to do & that they didn’t know any better.
            To a man they’re still mad.
            I’m well beyond draft age but I wouldn’t serve this government period!
            “Our” military protecting South Korea’s border for 60 + years while ours is wide open.
            This government taxing me to pay for “our” soldiers to go stomping around in foreign hellholes & taxing me to finance a third world invasion of my country & then I’m abused if I protest.
            I’ll fight for my people but the US government is against my people.

          • You’re right, but they don’t get to choose; the elected officials did. This is partly why I became a mercenary. Since officially I did it for money, that probably makes me some sort of prostitute. It was actually quite complicated.

          • JohnEngelman

            German Jews participated in the war effort proportionately to their percentage in the German population. Ann Frank’s father was a German lieutenant on the Western Front.

            Yiddish is a combination of Hebrew and German, rather than Hebrew in another language, because when Jews were expelled from England and France they were welcome in the Holy Roman Empire.

  • bilderbuster

    The FBI & many police departments take SPLC courses & work together against “Hate Groups”.

    • FBI agents also threaten suspects with extra-judicial punishment and lie under oath. I listened to it in my own federal court case. If these are the people running the country, we have no country except that which we enforce for ourselves.

  • DudeWheresMyCountry?

    Where are the organizations that label SPLC an official hate group? It seems very simple to prove this accusation simply based on the demographics of their targets.