Since it is well known that the SPLC, along with its equally obnoxious twin the Anti-Defamation League, provides "anti-hate" training to law enforcement agencies all around the United States, Judicial Watch wanted to find out how much influence the SPLC’s branding of hate groups has had on government agencies. They cite five e-mails indicating a politically incestuous relationship:
- May 3, 2012 email – “We would like to tape the [Morris Dees] remarks and, at the same time, out Morris real time on the DOJ system can watch from their desks. Is that okay with Morris?”
- June 27, 2012 – “Let me know Morris’ air schedule so I can pick him up at airport and plan an evening for us if he stays over.”
- July 11, 2012 – “I will be at National in my [REDACTED] in which he has ridden before … I can arrange dinner. If he has a preference in DC where he wants to eat … tell him to let me know his druthers.”
- July 16, 2012 – “The AAG’s office want to take Morris out to lunch before the 1:30 pm July 31 remarks … I’d pick Morris up at his hotel at 11:30 am if that worked for him.”
- July 23, 2012 – “I will pick you [Morris Dees] up at the airport July 30. Would you go out to dinner with my wife and me and our two teenage daughters that first night? The girls need some inspiration from a master of inspiration.”
The problem is that the SPLC has an inherent left-wing bias. One need only visit their Hatewatch blog and look at their blogroll for evidence; every link is to a hard-left political website. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton noted the fawning nature of the e-mails and also got the impression that Dees was getting the royal treatment, but his main concern was that the SPLC has become an attack group that labels organizations with conservative views on social issues as hate groups. He questions the ethical propriety of such a biased group having preferential access to a Department of Justice specifically tasked to protect the First Amendment rights of all Americans
There is no evidence that the Obama Administration's Department of Justice has sought to offset this bias by collaboration with similar groups on the right, which means the DOJ is receiving only a one-dimensional picture of the motivation and activities of hate groups. This explains why the DOJ has focused much more on militias, immigration reform groups, pro-family organizations and pro-White groups than on pro-choice groups and racial nationalist groups of non-Whites.
The story was also picked up by Free Republic and Pastor Chuck Baldwin (who was personally victimized by the SPLC) and the Council of Conservative Citizens, which also has a link to Morris Dees' divorce papers. Dees' divorce was precipitated by allegations of heterosexual and homosexual adultery.