AmazonSmile, an online charity marketplace that allows shoppers to donate to charities via their Amazon orders, is called AmazonSmile. Black Lives Matter is one of those charities that you can add money to, but it would appear that the shady nature of Black Lives Matter’s handling of money has caught up to it, and Amazon has suspended the group.
According to the New York Post, Black Lives Matter failed to comply with the requirements of “several” states and as such, Amazon was forced to suspend them.
“States have rules for nonprofits, and organizations participating in AmazonSmile need to meet those rules,” said an Amazon spokesperson. “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 Post reported that Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation received donations of more than $65,000,000 from Thousand Currents. Thousand Currents manages the assets of grassroots non-profit organizations. The problem with BLMGNF is the failure to report on where that money went.
Several states, including California where the organization is based, have revoked the organization’s ability to collect charitable donations, and California’s Justice Department warned its leaders that they would be “personally liable” for any delinquency fees and fines.
It seems that BLMGNF might be concealing something. The Post reports that they eventually released the federal tax filings, however some manipulation was done to them.
On Feb. 11, BLMGNF released its long-overdue federal tax filing, but also changed its accounting period from a calendar year to a fiscal year. It shows that there were no grants or contributions during the January-to June reporting period. The group will likely have another year for filing its 2020 return.
Jeff Charles has previously reported that BLMGNF is a mixture of ethical and unprofessional practices. It’s had no discernable leader for months, and at least two board members are refusing to say who controls its $60 million bankrolls. It seems that those who are involved in it appear to be distant themselves from it.
The other executive members, however, haven’t bothered to respond. “The two remaining BLM board members, Shalomyah Bowers and Raymond Howard, did not return numerous requests for comment asking who has been in charge of BLM and its money since Cullors left the charity in May,” the Examiner reported.
Howard may be trying to hide his connection to the BLM international organization. The Examiner explained that his LinkedIn profile “stated that he is the director of operations for ‘An International Social Justice Organization,’ and that he modified his page after the news outlet reached out for comment.
It begs the question: Where is that all-important money going, and how can the charities report where it is going? Amazon’s suspension of the charity is just the tip of the iceberg, and there are apparently a lot of unanswered legal questions hanging in the air that none of the people still involved in it want to answer.
It is odd that the country’s most influential political organization suddenly has one person in charge of it, while sitting on large sums of money. You would think that such an organization would have people tripping over themselves to be a part of its leadership yet those who are still a part of its leadership are pretending they’re not associated.
It’s likely that investigations are going to happen soon and we’ll get more answers, but as many have likely predicted, BLM was a scam from the start and it could only stay under wraps for so long.