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Petitioning Opinion Editor, Politico Allison Silver

Tell Politico To Quit Publishing Extremists Like NumbersUSA

According to its mission, hugely popular political newspaper Politico promotes "journalism that insists on the primacy of facts over ideology."

This week, however, the newspaper provided a platform for activist Roy Beck, an anti-immigrant ideologue with clear ties to white supremacists. And promoting a veiled racist immigration ideology rather than facts is Beck's full-time job.

Beck's anti-immigrant organization, NumbersUSA, is scarily effective at appearing to be a mainstream voice in the immigration debate. 

But NumbersUSA is anything but mainstream. It was started as part of US Inc., a project of John Tanton, a longtime friend and collegue of Beck's. A recent Southern Poverty Law Center has outlined a laundry list of Tanton's ties to various right-wing extremists and white supremacists.

NumbersUSA's acceptance as a mainstream voice needs to stop. Tell Politico to quit portraying organizations with ties to white supremacists and other extremists as mainstream.

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