National Policy Institute
The NPI-Conference 2015 was described by the Southern Poverty-Law-Centre as a "Raindbow Racist Gathering" that attracted a Lot of young People. "Spencer made it clear", says the SPLC, "that anti-LGBT voices would not be invited". Lana Lokteff tweeted this:
@JackBurtonReflx replied to Lana's Tweet and the following Conversation ensued:
Someone tweeted something else, but the Tweet isn't available. Lana responded with this Tweet:
The NPI-Conference 2016 gained widespread Media-Coverage because of Hailgate.
Loss of Tax exempt Status
According to an article in "The Nonprofit Quarterly" written on 6 December 2016, the NPI had had not filed a Form 990 "since it filed its 2012 Form 990 in November 2013". According to an article in "The Los Angeles Times" written on 26 June 2017, an investigation by Virginia regulators concluded that the "think tank [the NPI] broke Virginia nonprofit laws by failing to register in the state and by not telling prospective donors it had lost its tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service". An investigator noted at the time: "NPI is aware of their 501c3 status being revoked ... yet continues to claim 501c3 status on their donation pages". Richard Spencer inserted a clause on the NPI's donation page stating that donations were not tax deductible.
Evan McLaren becomes executive Director
On 26 July 2017, Evan McLaren tweeted:
Tomorrow I assume my role as Executive Director of the National Policy Institute. Thanks @RichardBSpencer and the NPI board. Hail victory!— Evan McLaren (@EvanMcLaren) 27. Juli 2017
PayPal and Squarespace cut off Service
On 16 August 2017, days after the Unite the Right rally, the media reported that PayPal had stopped allowing NPI (as well as 33 other organisations) to use its services. A click on the donate button on the NPI website led to a PayPal page that said: "This recipient is currently unable to receive money." In a statement released on 15 August, PayPal said:
- Regardless of the individual or organization in question, we work to ensure that our services are not used to accept payments or donations for activities that promote hate, violence or racial intolerance. This includes organizations that advocate racist views, such as the KKK, white supremacist groups or Nazi groups.
Meanwhile, Squarespace made the decision to give NPI, whose website, npiamerica.org, it hosts, a 48-hour notice that they were cutting off service as well. In an email to "Ars Technica", Squarespace spokesman Terry Wei wrote:
- In light of recent events, we have made the decision to remove a group of sites from our platform. We have given the site owners 48 hours' notice. We cannot provide further information at this time, but we’ll be in touch as soon as we have an update.
The NPI-Conference 2017, which began on 19 November, was privatised and the Attendees were vetted "just to make sure everyone was good".
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