Let’s say you’re outraged about
Greg George Floyd’s death. You feel like the best solution is to give money to Black Lives Matter. What happens to your donation?
Would it surprise you to discover that it goes to the campaigns of Democratic politicians selected by ActBlue, a liberal fundraising group? Open the thread below from Twitter super-sleuth Lauren Brown.
So instead of helping to fight for BLM’s purported raison d’être–the fight against police brutality against blacks and other people of color–it goes instead to the coffers of ActBlue’s latest political darlings. It’s a bait and switch move.
Here’s what BLM claims to stand for (emphasis added):
Four years ago, what is now known as the Black Lives Matter Global Network began to organize. It started out as a chapter-based, member-led organization whose mission was to build local power and to intervene when violence was inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.
In the years since, we’ve committed to struggling together and to imagining and creating a world free of anti-Blackness, where every Black person has the social, economic, and political power to thrive.
Black Lives Matter began as a call to action in response to state-sanctioned violence and anti-Black racism. Our intention from the very beginning was to connect Black people from all over the world who have a shared desire for justice to act together in their communities. The impetus for that commitment was, and still is, the rampant and deliberate violence inflicted on us by the state.–BLM website
The “committed to struggling” part is darkly comical. The sticking point about violence committed by “the state and vigilantes” is key. Everyone intuits that BLM is against the police, but by adding “vigilantes,” anyone who does something perceived as racist is fair game. It’s BLM vs. the world.
How does a campaign contribution to a Democratic politician help in the fight against racist acts committed by police and “vigilantes”? If the riots and looting of the past two weeks have underscored anything, it’s that cities run by Democrats are the hardest hit by the virus, and also by the violence, and that those leaders do the least to protect their business owners and citizens, regardless of skin color.
In effect, a gift to BLM is a gift toward lax Democratic security that harms all races.
What happens when we follow the money?
ActBlue is for-profit Political Action Committee. Several progressive groups feed donations into the PAC. BLM isn’t alone in using ActBlue as a clearing house. And, as you can see in the thread, there’s a lot of money to be made in race hustling. Since the beginning of the George Floyd circus, BLM and other ActBlue feeders have raised well over $300 million.
How does ActBlue profit? A “processing fee.” From their website:
Our platform is available to Democratic candidates and committees, progressive organizations, and nonprofits that share our values for no cost besides a 3.95% processing fee on donations.
That’s over $12 million that ActBlue’s small staff has made off of the increasingly questionable murder of George Floyd alone. That’s a significant payday for two weeks of essentially laundering money.
The natural assumption when one thinks of foundations such as BLM is that they are non-profits, committed to feel-good causes, using every dollar to further their noble goals. In reality, they create affiliates which are non-profits, such as “ActBlue Civics” and “Act Blue Charities”. For-profit parent company ActBlue LLC? Its executives have made over $200 million “processing” $5.2 billion in donations meant for other causes since 2004.
Racial outrage culture literally finances the Democratic Party. And business is booming.
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