Person

Morris Dees

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Attorney

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]

References

  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. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/25/us/morris-dees-leaves-splc.html ^
  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. https://freebeacon.com/politics/plame-rakes-it-in/. ^

Connected Organizations

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