Under pressure from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Visa and Mastercard have blocked donations to the conservative think tank David Horowitz Freedom Center (DHFC) after it was labeled a hate group by the militantly left-leaning watchdog organization.
In an email to supporters on Wednesday under the subject "Transaction Denied," the DHFC announced that at the request of the Southern Poverty Law Center, the two credit card companies will no longer be allowing donations to DHFC.
"We're under attack by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)," the email begins. "For years, the SPLC has labeled the Freedom Center a hate group and tried to get organizations like Amazon, Facebook and Twitter to ban us and silence our message."
"Yesterday, SPLC finally convinced MasterCard and Visa to cut us off. Now we can't process donations from any major credit card companies."
The move comes just shortly after Freedom Center employee Robert Spencer, editor-in-chief of Jihad Watch, had been kicked off the funding platform Patreon under pressure from Mastercard. Spencer has been in the SPLC's crosshairs for years due to his strong criticism of Islamic terror.
"This blow could be the end of the Freedom Center," reads the email. "Decades of work, down the drain because the hateful Left wants to squash free speech and silence an organization that dares to question them."
In a statement to Breitbart News, David Horowitz said the move by Visa and Mastercard is nothing less than an assault on conservative voices from the "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.
Both Mastercard and Visa have given no statement on the matter.