Amazon has frowned on Black Lives Matter, and now kicked the radical group off its fundraising platform AmazonSmile.
According to The Washington Examiner, a spokesperson for the online retail giant said questions surrounded whether the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation is in “good standing” everywhere it operates.
“Charitable organizations must meet the requirements outlined in our participation agreement to be eligible for AmazonSmile,” a company rep told the 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.”
The group can seek reinstatement once they are “back in good standing,” the spokesperson added.
The New York Post reported that BLM was dropped – at least temporarily – because of its failure “to disclose where tens of millions of dollars in donations it received nearly two years ago have ended up.”
“States have rules for nonprofits, and organizations participating in AmazonSmile need to meet those rules. Unfortunately, this organization fell out of compliance with the rules in several states, so we’ve had to temporarily suspend them from the program until they come into compliance,” the spokesperson told the Post.
The Examiner noted the significance of this move: “Amazon is the most prominent corporation to break from BLM publicly after having financially supported the group during the 2020 riots.”
The problem for BLM is that no one knows what seems to have happened to $60 million that came its way. Surprisingly, among those asking are law enforcement officials in California and Washington state.
Earlier this week, BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors, who was last in the news for buying a $1 million-plus home in a California neighborhood that is 90 percent white, said all that cash rolled in because of “white corporation guilt.”
“People have to know we didn’t go out and solicit the money,” Cullors said, according to the Examiner. “This is money that came from white guilt, white corporation guilt, and they just poured money in.”
Besides California and Washington, BLM is also out of compliance in New Jersey, North Carolina, Connecticut, Colorado, Maryland, Maine, and Virginia, according to the Examiner.
Interestingly, the story has uncovered instances in which companies went woke then reneged on their promises.
The Examiner noted that Silicon Valley powerhouses Intel and Cisco failed to hand over funding to BLM after promising to do so after the death of George Floyd in police custody.
Intel promised BLM $1 million to so-called social justice groups, including BLM, while Cisco likewise pledged $5 million. Yet neither company gave to BLM. It’s unclear why they didn’t.