Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and Citizens for Transparency have launched campaigns to malign Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and impugn our work.
Citizens for Transparency is anything but transparent. It has no website, no tax filings, no record of any sort of previous work, and no identifiable leadership. The group touts “transparency” but hides in the shadows.
We do know that Eliza Byard, a board member of The Gill Foundation, is among the group’s “allies.”1. The Foundation’s founder, Tim Gill, is an LGBT mega-donor who infamously told Rolling Stone in 2017 that after the Supreme Court found a constitutional right to same-sex marriage he would “punish the wicked,”2. i.e., the millions of Americans who believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman and that sex is male and female and biologically-determined.
We also know that Citizens for Transparency is a client of Smoot Tewes Group (STG), a Democratic Party-affiliated consultancy whose clients include the Democratic Party’s Senate Majority PAC, the pro-abortion EMILY’s list, the pro-gun control Giffords PAC, the liberal fundraising service ActBlue, and the Obama Foundation. The firm was founded by two alumni of President Obama’s campaign, Paul Tewes and Julianna Smoot, the latter of whom serves on the Planned Parenthood Action Fund board.
Unsurprisingly, then, Citizens for Transparency’s ADF-smear campaign – “No Gays Allowed” – simply copies and pastes false allegations from the widely discredited and hyper-partisan Southern Poverty Law Center. Below are responses to eight false allegations from SPLC and Citizens for Transparency about ADF.