Conservatives know that, with enough money, you can buy your way into almost any debate. Rich right-wingers have been pouring millions of dollars into think tanks for decades and propping up money-losing periodicals and websites that could never thrive (or possible even survive) on their own. And it works.
Here’s one somewhat unexpected recipient of several million dollars worth of donations: VDare, a website and organization that uses what reach it has to push extremist ideas — like so-called “White genocide” — into the mainstream.
Well, it seems that that the Southern Poverty Law Center recently got hold of VDare’s 2019 tax records and made the startling discovery that donors handed over some $4.3 million over the course of that year, with some $345,000 going directly to Peter Brimelow, VDare’s head honcho.
As the SPLC’s Alex Kotch and Michael Edison Hayden noted in a post on VDare’s extraordinary money haul,
The large sum represents an unprecedented annual haul for an American white nationalist group and suggests that big-money donors of the conservative movement may be moving their riches to more extreme causes in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s rise.
VDare has cultivated friendships with a number of infamous right-wing influencers, from former White House aide Stephen Miller to Ann Coulter to Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, who (the SPLC repors) “retweeted a VDARE post blaming non-white workers for a COVID-19 outbreak last year.”
Kotch and Haven go on to warn that
Even with such visible ties to the mainstream right, VDARE embraces an agenda that directly or indirectly cultivates a radical far-right world view in its sympathizers. Brimelow’s group published apologia about both a terrorist’s manifesto in 2019 and the deadly 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on its third anniversary. The group promotes the white genocide conspiracy theory, which many view as having inspired far-right terror attacks in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; El Paso, Texas; and Christchurch, New Zealand, in recent years. Unite the Right organizer Jason Kessler published a post on VDARE’s website titled “Yes, Virginia (Dare), There Is Such A Thing As White Genocide,” less than two months before a neo-Nazi murdered antiracist demonstrator Heather Heyer at his event. VDARE has also written in romantic terms about the insurrection waged on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Naturally the combative Brimelow has responded to the SPLC post with a mixture of bluster and braggadocio, dismissing Hayden as a “communist” and a “thug.”
While he acknowledged that “[w]e did have a good year in 2019” Brimelow implied that it came from small donors, while “the “big-money donors of the conservative movement” are too chicken to give to the patriotic immigration cause.” I’m not buying it.
If there are any big-money donors of the left reading this now, might I suggest you send a few million bucks my way by clicking the link below? I promise I won’t buy a castle with it. Well, maybe a castle for the cats.
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