For failing to disclose where its $60million in donations has gone
Source: Daily Mail
Amazon suspended Black Lives Matter from its charity platform AmazonSmile this week for failing to disclose where its $60 million in donations has gone.
The social justice organization, which has been facing intense scrutiny over financial transparency, will be deprived from funds raised on AmazonSmile ‘until they’re back in compliance,’ a spokesperson told the New York Post. It was unclear how much money had been raised on the platform.
The suspension, which was first reported by the Washington Examiner, deprives the BLM of revenue from the organization, which has provided $306 million to U.S. charities.
It comes after charity auditors expressed alarm at the management of BLM’s donations when no one seemed able to say who was handling the finances and the group’s reluctance to release financial records.
BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors, who resigned in May, said last week that the unaccounted millions her group received in 2020 came from ‘white corporation guilt.’
‘People have to know we didn’t go out and solicit the money,’ Cullors said. ‘This is money that came from white guilt, white corporation guilt, and they just poured money in.’
Earlier this month, California and Washington issued legal threats to the group for its failure to report what it did with the millions received in donations in 2020.
According to documents filed with the California Attorney General, the group took in more than $65 million in donations from the charity, Thousand Currents, but has failed to disclosed what happened to the money.