Mr. Potok has no legal or law enforcement background and admits that all of his data are second hand, at best, and that his infamous Hate Map “does not include original reporting by SPLC staff.” The SPLC is a private fundraising group run by white millionaires. It has no mandate, receives no outside oversight and has no authority, legal or moral, to designate anything.
You can imagine where things might go from there, given that sort of heretically straightforward language, and they do.
I'll vet it some more, but this may well be a very valuable resource for calmly answering the questions of those who continue to suffer under the impression that the SPLC is anything other than what it claims to stand against. Based on the "about" article, I'm hopeful in this regard.
We'll see; it would certainly be good to have such a resource to look to, since--sadly--the need is there.
Deep tip of the hat to perennial SPLC target Mike Vanderboegh.