Northwest Accountability Project Calls on Murdock Trust to Cease Funding ‘Hate Group’ Alliance Defending Freedom

Portland, OR: The Northwest Accountability Project today called on the Vancouver, WA based M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust to stop funding the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) after its designation as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and reform their giving policies to exclude groups that fight against equality for all U.S. residents. The Murdock Trust has donated at least $975,000 to the ADF, including $375,000 in 2016.

Northwest Accountability Project Executive Director Peter Starzynski said, “The Alliance Defending Freedom’s designation as a hate group formalizes what should have been obvious to the Murdock Trust: the ADF demonizes and scapegoats gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people, making their lives less safe.” Starzynski continued, “For an organization who proudly touts that they ‘intentionally work each day to be agents of peace’ to continue funding the ADF is a great hypocrisy. The Murdock Trust needs to renounce the ADF and make clear that they will not fund the ADF or similar groups in the future.”

The Southern Policy Law Center said of ADF, “Leaders of the legal advocacy organization and its affiliated lawyers have regularly demonized LGBT people, falsely linking them to pedophilia, calling them ‘evil’ and a threat to children and society, and blaming them for the ‘persecution of devout Christians.’ The group also has supported the criminalization of homosexuality in several countries.”

The Southern Poverty Law Center is a non-profit organization that monitors the activities of over 1,600 domestic hate groups and extremists, including the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and antigovernment militias, and provides analysis to law enforcement, the media and the public.

The Murdock Trust along with their board members, Wells Fargo’s Jeffrey Grubb and Pacific Continental Bank’s Jeff Pinneo, have recently been under scrutiny for their funding of various extreme groups that try to divide communities like ADF, the Freedom Foundation, Focus on the Family, the Heritage Foundation and Crisis Pregnancy Centers. Recently, the student governments at the University of Oregon and Portland State University passed resolutions condemning the Murdock Trust for this type of funding.

The Northwest Accountability Project is a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization dedicated to educating the public on the issues that enhance the well-being of middle-class families and workers while shining a light on extremism and the moneyed special interests that attempt to bring an agenda of hate and division to Washington and Oregon.
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