A column written by Mark Potok, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) Intelligence Project, has found its way into an unlikely place — “People’s World,” the official online newspaper of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA).
But Potok told The Daily Caller in an e-mailed statement he did not have a personal role in his column titled “Coming to Terms With The Confederacy” appearing in the CPUSA mouthpiece.
“We occasionally write op-eds for a nonprofit organization called OtherWords, which aims at ‘amplifying progressive analysis in the national conversation’ by placing the op-eds in various publications,” Potok wrote. “I have no idea how the articles are placed, nor were we consulted about the process. As you will have noticed, the op-eds are offered free, likely to anyone who cares to copy them.”
Potok declined to comment when asked whether “People’s World” should remove his commentary or whether he disapproved of the CPUSA newspaper’s decision to publish his piece.
A closer look at OtherWords, the organization that placed Potok’s column in the communist publication, shows it is a project of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), a left-wing think tank that has been associated with identified communists and communist sympathizers since its founding in 1963.
IPS received its initial funding from the Stern Family Fund and the Samuel Rubin Foundation, the latter of which was founded by Samuel Rubin. Rubin made his fortune with the Faberge perfume line and was identified by a congressional committee as having been a Communist Party member in 1936 while the party was firmly in Stalin’s grasp.
Rubin’s foundation and his family members have played an important role either funding or managing IPS since its founding. A review of the Samuel Rubin Foundation’s 2008 tax return on GuideStar.org shows the relationship has continued into the present.
Samuel Rubin Foundation President and former IPS board member Cora Weiss, who also is Samuel Rubin’s daughter, has a history of supporting the far-left and pro-communist causes, not unlike her father, going back to the 1950s, according to self-identified former communist turned conservative activist Ron Radosh.
“I knew Cora from ’57 to ’59, and she was heavily involved with far-left circles,” Radosh said. “She was an ardent partisan for the communist Vietnamese.”