The controversial social justice activist group, Black Lives Matter (BLM), is starting to reap what they sowed following their on-the-street anarchists causing over 1 billion dollars in damages while rioting across the U.S., and their founders purging the organization of millions of dollars in donations for personal real estate purchases.
A big revenue source for BLM just ended the relationship.
Amazon kicked Black Lives Matter off its charity platform AmazonSmile on Tuesday as the social justice organization faces intense scrutiny from multiple states over the status of its financial windfall from 2020.
The move deprives the organization of a major revenue source that has provided $306 million to U.S. charities and comes less than two years after Amazon itself donated $10 million to BLM and 11 other social justice groups amid the nationwide unrest spurred by George Floyd’s killing.
Patrisse Cullors, a co-founder of BLM who resigned last May after amassing a $3.2 million real estate portfolio, blamed the group’s own questionable accounting on its white donors.
Cullors said last Wednesday, “People have to know we didn’t go out and solicit the money.”
“This is money that came from white guilt, white corporation guilt, and they just poured money in.”
“Charitable organizations must meet the requirements outlined in our participation agreement to be eligible for AmazonSmile,” an Amazon representative told the Washington Examiner.
“Among other eligibility requirements, organizations are required to be in good standing in their state of incorporation and in the states and territories where they are authorized to do business. Organizations that don’t meet the requirements listed in the agreement may have its eligibility suspended or revoked. Charities can request to be reinstated once they are back in good standing.”
In addition to Amazon parting with BLM, Intel which previously pledged $1 million to a number of social justice groups, including BLM, in late May of 2020, ended up not providing any funding to BLM.
Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins said his company committed $5 million to BLM and other social justice groups in June 2020, but Cisco never followed through on its leader’s pledge to contribute to BLM, the Washington Post reported.
BLM voluntarily shut down its online fundraising on Feb. 2 after California and Washington issued legal threats to the group for its failure to report what it did with the millions it received during the second half of 2020. BLM published a report in February 2021 claiming to have ended 2020 with $60 million in its coffers.
BLM recently retained the services of the law firm owned by prominent Democratic lawyer Marc Elias, the same guy who funded the discredited anti-Trump Steele dossier while he served as Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign general counsel.
In addition, BLM recently changed its 12-month accounting cycle to July through June, an unusual accounting maneuver that enabled the group to delay reporting what became of the millions it received during the second half of 2020 until May 2022. CharityWatch Executive Director Laurie Styron says BLM’s accounting period change was “the worst transparency issue” she’s ever seen.
This story syndicated with permission from Eric Thompson, Author at Trending Politics
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