Peter LaBarbera

Hate group leader Peter LaBarbera (Americans for Truth About Homosexuality) is fawning over the factually flawed video by John Stossel criticizing Southern Poverty Law Center. At the same time he is complaining that his organization is unfairly designated a hate group.

According to LaBarbera:

It exposes the SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center) for what it is: a “hate group” and ” and “left-wing, money-grabbing slander machine.”

None of that is true of course and this opens up Mr. LaBarbera to some comparisons:

  • SPLC files a form 990 annual report with the Internal Revenue Service on time and every year. AFTAH does not. AFTAH is not, and has not been, a nonprofit entity since May 15, 2015. 
  • Contributions to SPLC are tax deductible. Contributions to AFTAH are not tax deductible because it is now a for-profit corporation.
  • SPLC executives receive W-2s In turn they file personal tax returns and pay their fair share. It is doubtful that AFTAH files a W-2 for Mr. LaBarbera. It is equally doubtful that Mr. LaBarbera files accurate and timely tax returns for both himself and the now for-profit AFTAH and that he pays his fair share. 
  • For some time after his nonprofit status was revoked, LaBarbera was telling AFTAH donors that their contributions were tax deductible — He lied. He is still begging for donations without the necessary disclosure. He hopes to fool people. SPLC? Not a chance.

I wonder if LaBarbera has fraudulently avoided paying sales and use taxes since May 15, 2015. The holier-than-thou conservative Christian doesn’t seem to be a very good citizen or a very honest person.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.