WASHINGTON -- The Smithsonian Institution acknowledged it mistakenly rented space to an advocacy group that one civil rights organization calls a hate group.
Allowing the group to use museum space violates a policy that bars partisan, political groups, Smithsonian spokeswoman Linda St. Thomas said. The Smithsonian did not cancel the event, though. It would be unfair to cancel because of a museum staffer's mistake, St. Thomas said.
FAIR spokesman Dustin Carnevale says the group is nonpartisan. FAIR is currently holding a two-day lobbying effort in Washington and advocates a temporary moratorium on all immigration.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has called FAIR a hate group.