September 27, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson in Domestic Extremism

SAN FRANCISCO, [CA]--They ran for office, publicly denouncing prejudice and discrimination, but records reviewed by the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit revealed that some of the most politically progressive policymakers helped fund their campaigns with money tied to extremist groups. The Investigative Unit cross referenced the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) list of California organizations they classify as hate groups, with hundreds of campaign disclosure forms dating back to 2002. Records show state and federal officials accepted more than $250,000 in donations from board members of groups on SPLC’s California “hate map.” Among the most recognizable recipients: former President Barack Obama ($2,300), California Gov. Jerry Brown ($5,000), and U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris ($1,000). The American Freedom Party is one of seven white nationalist groups currently active in California, according to SPLC. Party chair William Johnson is one of the most prolific donors with ties to SPLC’s hate map. Election records show that the Southern California attorney contributed more than $30,000 to candidates, hoping to reshape America. View More>>

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