Southern Poverty Law Center: Donors Injected Millions Into White Nationalist Group
The SPLC’s new report sheds light on the multi-million dollar funding mechanism for the hateful website VDARE.
Donors gave the prominent white nationalist hate group VDARE $ 4.3 million in 2019, more than eight times more than the previous year, according to tax records the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) obtained and shared with Hatewatch.
The large sum represents an unprecedented annual gain for a white American nationalist group and suggests that the conservative movement’s big donors may be shifting their wealth to more dire causes after the rise of Donald Trump.
In an era when white nationalists are increasingly embracing decentralized online activism, VDARE stands out for its organizational prowess and ties to power. Hatewatch Connected Former Trump Administration Officials Stephen Miller Y Julia Hahn to its founder, Peter brimelow (pictured above), in a series of stories. (Miller invited Brimelow to speak at Duke University when he was studying there, and Brimelow referred to a writers workshop Hahn attended with him in private emails leaked to Hatewatch.) Ann coulter contributes to the group’s online publication. Laura Ingraham, Fox News Expert retweeted a VDARE post blaming non-white workers for a COVID-19 outbreak last year.
Even with such visible ties to the dominant right, VDARE embraces an agenda that directly or indirectly cultivates a radical far-right worldview in its supporters. Brimelow’s group posted an apology about both the manifesto of a terrorist in 2019 and deadly 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on its third anniversary. The group promotes white genocide conspiracy theory, believed by many to have inspired far-right terrorist attacks in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; El Paso, Texas; and Christchurch, New Zealand, in recent years. Unite the Right organizer Jason Kessler posted a post on the VDARE website titled “Yes Virginia (Dare) There Is White Genocide”, less than two months before a neo-Nazi anti-racist protester murdered Heather Heyer at her event. VDARE has also written in romantic terms about the insurrection waged in the United States Capitol on January 6.
Donors Trust, a right-wing financing vehicle tied to Charles Koch, the Mercer family and other like-minded billionaires, injected $ 1.5 million into VDARE in 2019, CMD previously reported. These tax records show that the dark money flowing from DonorsTrust accounted for just over a third of VDARE’s revenue for that year.
The large increase in earnings worked well for Brimelow, whose salary nearly doubled from past year. According to the documents, Brimelow earned around $ 182,000 in 2018. In 2019, VDARE paid him approximately $ 345,000. The VDARE Foundation seems poised to keep its salary, as the nonprofit ended the year with more than $ 3.5 million in the bank.