Morris Dees

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Co-Founder and Former Chief Trial Counsel, Southern Poverty Law Center

Morris Dees is an attorney and co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a “hate group” litigation group formed in 1971 in Montgomery, Alabama. Dees served as chief trial counsel for the SPLC until March 2019, when he was fired from his position. 1

In 2019, according to a report from the Washington Free Beacon, Dees contributed $400 to the congressional campaign of Valerie Plame Wilson (D-NM), who resigned from from the Ploughshares Fund board of directors after sharing a right-wing extremist conspiracy article alleging that “America’s Jews are driving America’s wars.” 2


  1. Audra D.S. Burch, Alan Binder, John Eligon. “Roiled by Staff Uproar, Civil Rights Group Looks at Intolerance Within.” New York Times. March 25, 2019. Accessed April 10, 2019.
  2. Brent-Scher-And-Joe-Schoffstall. “Disgraced SPLC Co-Founder Joins Holocaust Denier to Back Valerie Plame.” Washington Free Beacon. Washington Free Beacon, October 18, 2019.

Connected Organizations

  1. Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) (Non-profit)
    Co-Founder and Former Chief Trial Counsel (Until March 2019)
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