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    SPLC Hate Group Gets Visa and MasterCard to Block Payments to David Horowitz Freedom

    SPLC Hate Group Gets Visa and MasterCard to Block Payments to David Horowitz Freedom Center

    August 22, 2018

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    Former leftist leader David Horowitz former the Horowitz Freedom Center three decades ago to speak out against the evils that the Left has waged against America. The purpose of the Freedom Center is to to educate Americans on who the troops of the Left are, what they want, and what their plan of battle is.


    Because of the organizations outstanding work they have been a frequent target of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) hate group.

    For years the SPLC waged a war of its own on the Horowitz Freedom Center. The SPLC is also the same group that Twitter and Facebook use to fact-check target and censor conservative sites.

    This week the SPLC got Visa and MasterCard to block donations to the Freedom Center.

    No conservative voices will be allowed in America. The left is out for complete elimination of prominent conservative voices and publishers.


    This is the new America — we are no longer the home of the brave and land of the free.





    GOP candidate Ron Bassilian posted on this earlier today.

    Just got word @splcenter (best known for their $3.5 million defamation settlement with @MaajidNawaz ) got Visa/MC to stop processing payments for @horowitz39 .

    If elected my priority will be congressional hearings to put a stop to this.

    — Ron Bassilian (R) ❌ (@Ron4California) August 22, 2018
    Thanks for the support Elliott. Everyone has to realized there's a multimillion dollar Soros-David-Brock campaign to silence conservatives. The Silicon Valley problem is really a by-product of this since Sen Warner has threatened the Techs if they don't censor conservatives https://t.co/O1Ep2eRD7v
    — David Horowitz (@horowitz39) August 22, 2018



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    How do we deal with this? It is like trying to boycott an actor or a network, where you can only unplug your TV. Everybody uses these every day. Even though, like Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and the like, they are "private" entities, we need government control. But we can't trust our government either. It doesn't seem like there are enough people we can get to stand up to the left.

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    David Horowitz: Visa, Mastercard Cut Off Payments to My Think Tank Based on SPLC ‘Hate Group’ Label


    August 23, 2018

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    The David Horowitz Freedom Center stated in a recent email that its ability to accept donations by credit card has been disabled by both Visa and Mastercard following a campaign by the SPLC to label the Freedom Center as a hate group. This situation comes shortly after Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch was forced off the funding platform Patreonfollowing pressure from Mastercard.



    The Freedom Center is the next target of the SPLC, and they are using Mastercard and Visa again in their attempt to shut down conservative voices. In an email sent to supporters, Horowitz outlined how the SPLC had convinced Mastercard and Visa to block the Freedom Center from receiving payments and donations via credit card. In the email, Horowitz requested that supporters send donations via check to a P.O. Box.


    In the email to supporters, the Freedom Center lashed out at the move by Mastercard and Visa, saying: “this blow could be the end of the Freedom Center. Decades of work, down the drain because the hateful Left wants to squash free speech and silence an organization that dares to question them.




    Breitbart News reached out to David Horowitz who provided the following comment:

    We have been attacked by the left wing hate machine whose goal is to suppress and silence conservative voices. This is the work of a Soros funded Media Matters and Southern Poverty Law Center operation. It’s cynical, calculated and supported by the Democratic Party. The reason Mastercard and Visa gave us for cutting us off and thus sabotaging our online fund-raising operation is that the SPLC told them that we were a hate group. It is wrong to focus on the Tech heads as the culprits because as businessmen they have a vested interest in keeping their platforms politically neutral. They have been threatened by Senator Mark Warner and other Democrats if they don’t censor conservatives. The fact that Mastercard and Visa are now part of this juggernaut indicates how dangerous this has become.



    Breitbart News reached out to both Visa and Mastercard for comment on the issue but has yet to receive a reply.





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    Some good news arrived by email...

    By now I'm sure you've heard the news of MasterCard and Visa colluding with Left-wing front groups to shut down our fundraising efforts.

    And after 2 days of meetings with our attorneys I have good news and bad news.

    The good news is they’re backing down.

    That’s right. Late last night we got a call that MasterCard and Visa reversed the action and we’d be able to get our donation platform up and running again.

    The bad news is this is just the beginning of the most brutal battle for the future of our country.

    So I’m asking you to make an emergency donation while you still can to help me fight these freedom hating extremists.

    We’ve seen just how far they’ll go to silence anyone that dares question them.

    And with the midterms around the corner and their ongoing assault on our President and anyone that supports him, we need to be prepared to fight like we’ve never fought before.

    So will you follow this link right away and help us prepare for all out war with an emergency donation of $35, $50, $100 or more?

    Jerald, this is a wake up call. There’s nothing the Left won’t do to silence those of us that love this country — and there’s no telling what they’ll do next.

    So you and I need to be prepared for anything and everything.

    Thank you for standing with the Freedom Center when we need you most.

    For America,
    David Horowitz
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    David Horowitz Wins Credit Card Donation Showdown, Credits Breitbart, Drudge

    August 25, 2018
    Lucas Nolan

    The David Horowitz Freedom Center has had its ability to accept credit card donations restored after the initial decision to financially blacklist the organization was made by payment processor Worldpay allegedly at the request of Mastercard. Horowitz credits Breitbart News and the Drudge Report for bringing attention to the story on Friday.
    On Friday, Breitbart News reported that the David Horowitz Freedom Center lost its ability to accept donations by Visa and Mastercard credit cards following a campaign by the SPLC and Color of Change to label the Freedom Center as a hate group. This blacklisting came shortly after Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch was forced off the funding platform Patreon following pressure from Mastercard. In a reversal by payment processor Worldpay, the Freedom Center’s ability to process credit card transactions has been reinstated following coverage of the story by Breitbart News, the Drudge Report, and a large number of other conservative media outlets.

    Breitbart News’ investigation into the story uncovered communications allegedly between Mastercard and Worldpay which indicated the David Horowitz Freedom Center “may be advocating for violence.” It also referenced the website bloodmoney.org, which is published by far-left pressure group Color of Change. Breitbart News has reached out to Mastercard for comment on this story and about the credit card giant’s relationship with the SPLC and Color of Change, but it has so far refused to comment.



    While the Freedom Center was preparing for a legal battle with Mastercard and Worldpay, following coverage by Breitbart News, the Drudge Report, and other conservative outlets, WorldPay restored the Freedom Center’s ability to accept donations.

    A Worldpay spokesperson told Breitbart News in a statement:

    Recently, we became aware of some merchants that had processing services inadvertently disabled without the proper internal reviews. Which was the case in this situation. These merchants have had or are in the process of having their services re-enabled.

    David Horowitz commented on the decision by Worldpay to restore the Freedom Center’s payment processing for Visa and Mastercard donations, stating:

    Why this reversal? We believe it was due to the massive support we received across the Internet when the story broke, starting with Breitbart and then picked up by the Drudge Report. Rush Limbaugh, Newsmax, OAN, The Daily Caller, Ricochet, Crowder, Gateway Pundit, Volnation, Canada Free Press and a host of other sites, who correctly reported this attack on us as an attack on freedom of speech itself and a calculated effort by networked organizations of the left to pressure corporations like Mastercard and Visa to collaborate in their determined effort to erase conservatism from our national political dialogue.

    It was initially reported that Visa had blocked the Freedom Center’s ability to receive payments as well, but it appears that Worldpay’s decision at the behest of Mastercard to shut off payment processing access to the Freedom Center may have resulted in Visa cards being denied as well, without Visa specifically requesting this action. When contacted by Breitbart News, a Visa spokesperson provided the following statement:

    Visa does not have direct relationships with merchants or websites that accept Visa payments. We require the merchant’s bank to know their customers and ensure that only legal transactions are submitted to the Visa network. The merchant’s banks may also have their own Acceptable Use Policies (AUP) governing their merchant relationship.

    David Horowitz reached out to Breitbart News with an exclusive statement on the events of the past week, which can be read in full below:

    Here is what happened. Last Tuesday the Freedom Center was informed by WorldPay, which handles its online donations, that Mastercard would no longer complete transactions for the Freedom Center because it had been labeled a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center and a similarly leftist organization called ColorofChange.org. This is what we were told by MasterCard: “The organization Color of Change has published an updated website named bloodmoney.org and within it has listed a number of merchants that purport to accept Mastercard and have content which is hateful in nature. .. [and] which may be advocating for violence. We have identified the sites below as belonging to your institution…”

    Just as in Alice in Wonderland: the verdict before the trial. The Freedom Center was judged guilty of “hate crimes” without a chance to protest and its online fundraising was blocked. Because on line fundraising is the lifeblood of our organization, this was an existential threat to our future. We were mobilizing for a costly legal proceeding against Mastercard when, on Friday afternoon, four days after the attempt to destroy us, WorldPay and MasterCard backed down and informed us they were restoring our online services and donations.
    Why this reversal? We believe it was due to the massive support we received across the Internet when the story broke, starting with Breitbart and then picked up by the Drudge Report. Rush Limbaugh, Newsmax, OAN, The Daily Caller, Ricochet, Crowder, Gateway Pundit, Volnation, Canada Free Press and a host of other sites, who correctly reported this attack on us as an attack on freedom of speech itself and a calculated effort by networked organizations of the left to pressure corporations like Mastercard and Visa to collaborate in their determined effort to erase conservatism from our national political dialogue.

    One thing we know for sure is that despite this defeat, the left will keep up the pressure and the same thing will happen again—if not to the Freedom Center then to other conservative organizations and individuals. This effort to shut down conservatism’s ability to raise the funds that make its voice heard was not the result of an arbitrary decision by some politically correct middle manager at Mastercard. It was a decision at the highest corporate levels and the result of an elaborate and carefully designed campaign by leftist to silence conservative voices on the Internet and therefore in America’s national dialogue. This campaign is masterminded by two George Soros-funded organizations– Media Matters, which has waged a holy war against conservatives in the media for two decades, and The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which has managed to get itself taken seriously as an authority on “hate speech” and “hate groups” by a credulous and collaborative mainstream press. Thus a sort of tape loop has been created in which the SPLC stigmatizes these groups by featuring them on its “hate maps,” associating them with “neo fascism” and “racism” and putting them on the equivalent of Joseph McCarthy’s subversives list which the mainstream media then obligingly uses in its reporting and activist organizations like Color of Change and bloodmoney.org in lobbying corporations such as Mastercard and social media such as Twitter and Facebook.

    There is a method in the madness of this Soros-funded network. Its constituent parts collaborate in transforming the reasonable policy differences that are actually the health of a democracy into dire examples of racial hostility and hatred. Thus conservative concerns for federal immigration laws and secure borders become anti-immigrant bigotry and hateful racism. Thus the Freedom Center’s campaign against anti-Semitic and pro-Hamas university groups makes it not only a “hate group,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, but its eponymous CEO “the Godfather of the anti-Muslim movement in America.” When these slanders are magnified by the reporting of a liberal press, it is little wonder a corporation like Mastercard feels like it might be next as a target who enables hate speech, and joins the fray.
    The Southern Poverty Law Center has gotten away with this hatred masquerading as anti-hate for far too long. The SPLC recently paid a $3.4 million settlement to Majid Nawaz, a devout Muslim and also a fierce critic of Islamic terrorism after it labeled him an “anti-Muslim extremist.” All the other dozens of conservative groups similarly slandered should be developing their own legal defense funds to go after this reckless and mendacious organization and its enemies list. The David Horowitz Freedom Center certainly is.

    While the Freedom Center is glad to have won this recent battle against the left’s effort to shut it down, as we’ve noted we believe the threat to free speech is greater than our particular case and also very much far from over. The enemies of free speech may have been rebuffed this time, but they feel that they have the winning hand and will continue to play it until America has become a one party state of the politically correct with conservative views ruthlessly suppressed. Our own Robert Spencer, director of JihadWatch.org still has two of his funding pages shut down by MasterCard. Just this past week, David Horowitz’s Twitter page was locked down for the better part of a day, until a direct appeal to Twitter ceo Jack Dorsey reversed the ban. Prager U. was suddenly disappeared from Facebook until protests cause it to relent. Alex Jones and InfoWars are still residing in the darkness imposed by Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

    The censorship powers of Social Media are awesome and historically unprecedented. When they are amplified by the arbitrary financial power of corporations such as Mastercard and Visa, the result is a leviathan willing and able to crush our basic freedoms and constitutional guarantees without a moment’s remorse. What those of us who care about free speech must do now is form a coalition across party lines and ideologies in defense of free speech. Freed speech is the most basic freedom we have because all our other freedoms are dependent on it. We may disagree with our coalition partners about everything under the sun, except this. The right to dissent and to disagree is what separates us from countries in which civil wars and coup d’etats are commonplace. Private corporations cannot be the arbiters of free speech. Ben Wizner, the head of the ACLU’s Free Speech and Technology Project, said exactly that only this week. His sentiment was repeated word for word by the conservative Federalist site. Liberty Counsel is organizing a coalition of 60 mainly religious organizations who have been slandered as “hate groups” by the venomous SPLC (SPLC: Hate Machine – https://www.frontpagemag.com/search/site/SpLC). We must contact our representatives and call for a Congressional investigation of the war the left has launched on our freedom to dissent and disagree. If we cannot preserve freedom of conscience and freedom of speech, we cannot defend any of our freedoms, and we will have lost everything
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    Breitbart News contacted Mastercard for comment on this story but has not received a reply.

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    Update on Breitbart story posted by Jean.

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    Update — After the publication of this story, Mastercard responded to Breitbart News’ request for comment with the following statement: “We understand that the acquirer — the merchant’s bank — has reinstated acceptance. As part of our normal process, the acquirer reviews each case to determine what action to take.”
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