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White Nationalist Website VDARE in Trouble, Loses Big Funder

By Sonia Scherr on April 16, 2010 - 4:46 pm, Posted in White Nationalism

The white nationalist website is in financial trouble — and its founder says that more mainstream anti-immigration groups may be responsible.

“If is to survive [the] latest threat, it must have your help now,” writes the website’s founder, Peter Brimelow, in a lengthy letter published on its homepage.

The latest threat, according to Brimelow, is that a big benefactor recently cut off funding for the website, which regularly publishes articles by white supremacists and anti-Semites. The “major foundation,” which Brimelow doesn’t name, helped finance the website since its inception in 1999. “ We’ve lost close to a third of our budget and we’ve been plunged into an immediate cash crisis,” writes Brimelow, a leading anti-immigration activist and author of the best-selling Alien Nation. “Of course, I’m still trying to find out what happened. One explanation I’ve been given is that the Washington D.C. ‘Beltway immigration reform groups’ lobbied against us, claiming that they would be tainted through guilt by association if our donor gave to us as well as them, because of our willingness to take risks and push the Political Correctness envelope.” (Brimelow doesn’t identify the “Beltway immigration reform groups,” but an April 7 column by Alexander Hart states that the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the Center for Immigration Studies and NumbersUSA are the “best-funded and most visible Beltway organizations in the patriotic immigration reform movement.” The SPLC identifies FAIR as a hate group because of its ties to white supremacists.)

Though Brimelow has denied that is white nationalist, his site features articles by extremists such as Jared Taylor, editor of the racist American Renaissance magazine; Kevin MacDonald, a psychology professor at the California State University, Long Beach, who argues that Jews are genetically driven to undermine the power of whites; and the late Sam Francis, who edited the newspaper of the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens. Brimelow says he heard that the “Beltway immigration reform groups” especially objected to columnist and blogger Steve Sailer, who founded a neo-eugenics organization called the Human Biodiversity Institute.  In a Feb.  7 column, Sailer wrote that murder “is for whites, and for anyone else who gets in the way of minorities that are clearly systematically prone to criminality.” He has repeatedly blamed the 2008 economic crash on a government push for minority home ownership. In a March 8 column complaining about Jewish support for immigration, he asserted that “American Jews should realize that, like the Protestant elite of yore, their privileged position as a de facto leadership caste bestows upon themselves corresponding duties to conserve the long-term well-being of the United States — rather than to indulge in personal and ethnic profit and power maximization.”

Brimelow, formerly a mainstream journalist at Forbes magazine and the National Review, explains that “supporting Steve is one of our main expenses” and laments that, “if fails, Steve Sailer will have no other outlets for his path-breaking work.” He also emphasizes the importance of paying’s other contributors, saying it’s critical to the website’s long-term health. Because operating expenses are low, he writes, “Essentially everything you give goes to pay writers and editors.”

Actually, quite a lot goes to paying Brimelow, who chairs the board of directors of the Connecticut-based VDARE Foundation, which manages the website. In 2007, Brimelow received $378,418, which accounted for nearly three-quarters of the foundation’s expenses. (Just $134,000 went toward paying freelance writers.) In 2006, Brimelow got $205,000; John Brimelow, Peter’s brother and fellow board member, was paid $45,020. That year, the compensation for both Brimelows amounted to more than half the foundation’s spending.

But wasn’t as personally lucrative for Brimelow in 2008, the last year for which tax forms are available. He received $115,000 — just over a quarter of the foundation’s spending for the year. Most of the remaining expenses consisted of fees paid to independent contractors.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Lee I’d LOVE to get an explanation in regards to how what I said is “anti-white”. What exactly is “anti-white” anyway? Since “white” is neither a real ethnic group nor culture, I think it’s pretty hard to actually be anti-white.

  • beholder


    On the off chance that Ruslan is indeed a member of the very same great white race he describes, what would you say about it then?

    In that case, instead of coming from an “anti-white racist”, his comment would best and most properly be categorized as that of a “pro-white racist”.

    Do you not agree?

    So maybe you should switch breakfast cereals before commenting here. I don’t think you’re getting enough irony in your diet.

  • Shadow Wolf


    I find nothing “racist” about Ruslan’s comments. Unless of course, you’re overly sensitive? Do you get offended that easily? Wow, that’s extreme KKKonservatism–the party of censorship.

  • Lee

    “So you commented. Brilliant. Another shining example of the great white race.” – Ruslan

    Nice to see that blatant anti-White racists are allowed to post on here. At least the SPLC is relatively transparent with its agenda. I do wish they would just come out and say it though.

  • Shaun

    bryony1 said: ““Slander” is not the same as the truth, but it doesn’t even apply in this case, because what the SPLC writes online would be “libel” if it weren’t true.”
    Fair enough; by your logic, which I’ll accept, articles written online by Vdare are not slander, because they would be “libel”…if they weren’t true. agreed.

  • Ares

    If the Sanhedrin Pharisee Lies Center was truly concerned with racism then they would be speaking out against apartheid Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians and true hate groups like La Raza and the Black Panthers, not targeting something as harmless as VDARE.

  • Shadow Wolf

    I’m elated to hear about this. David A. Yeagley who is supposedly a “Patriotic Indian”(but many in Indian Country specalates that he is not an actual authentic Native), is also a racist KKKonservative nut, who contributed his fair share of racist half-truthed innuendos to VDARE in the past. Its always good news to the American, that when a racist site like VDARE that promotes WN idealogy, is in a graven finacial ruins. Nevermind the First Amendment, but they deserved a bad karma for the hatred denigration they spew.

  • Snorlax

    Mark Potok is wrong about one thing.

    He says the Teabaggers despise the Repukes almost as much as they do the Democrats.

    I have seen NO evidence of this in these blog pages. The teabaggers LOVE Dubya.

    I have repeatedly challenged them to name one person or quote one quote where a prominent Teabagger has condemned Dubya. They are unable to do so.

    The queen of the Teabaggers is Sarah Palin, a Repuke.

    And the Teabaggers have been getting help from the GOP and the GOP’s propaganda network, FOX “News”.

    I think there’s a direct connection between the Teabaggers and the Repuke party that will be exposed by the press.

  • Alan Aardman

    The recession has claimed many American businesses and organizations. Some will be missed. Others, such as this one, won’t.

    Hope they have fun in bankruptcy court.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    “hater said,

    on April 17th, 2010 at 5:01 am

    Your slander against Vdare isn’t worthy of comment.”

    So you commented. Brilliant. Another shining example of the great white race.

    Remember folks- if Thomas Jefferson was “white” and you are “:white”, you are as good as Jefferson!

  • fred

    The british immigrant Brimelow fails to mention that he take 400k plus out of Vdare each year as salary.

  • bryony1

    Why do so many hate-filled people come to this site to spread their drivel? “Slander” is not the same as the truth, but it doesn’t even apply in this case, because what the SPLC writes online would be “libel” if it weren’t true.

    Too bad so much ignorance finds a voice and the temerity to come to sites like this one that oppose hate groups, instead of being content to spew on real hate sites.

  • hater

    Your slander against Vdare isn’t worthy of comment.

  • John Lloyd Scharf

    The New World Order must be funding them….. Or the Republicans, right?