Amazon suspends Black Lives Matter from its charity platform

The embattled Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation has been kicked out of Amazon’s charity platform for its failure to disclose where tens of millions of donations it received nearly two years ago ended up.

AmazonSmile, which donates a portion of eligible purchases on the online shopping site to charities, said it had to “temporarily suspend” the group today, an Amazon spokesperson told The Post .

“States have rules for nonprofits, and organizations participating in AmazonSmile must follow those rules,” the spokesperson said. “Unfortunately, this organization failed to follow the rules in several states, so we had to temporarily suspend them from the program until they were compliant.”

Amazon plans to retain all funds accrued for BLMGNF “until they are brought back into compliance,” the spokesperson said. AmazonSmile has raised more than $300 million for charity, according to its website.

In October 2020, BLMGNF received more than $65 million in donations from Thousand Currents, a charity that manages the assets of grassroots nonprofits, according to documents filed with the California Attorney General.

But the group has so far not revealed what it did with the money. As a result, several states have revoked its ability to collect donations. In California, where the group is based, the state Department of Justice warned BLMGNF executives earlier this month that they would be “personally liable” for delinquency charges and fines.

On February 11, BLMGNF released its long-awaited federal income tax return, but also changed its accounting period from a calendar year to a fiscal year. The filing shows no contributions or grants between the January-June reporting period, and the group likely still has a year to file its return for the rest of 2020.

Emails and calls to BLMGNF for comment were not returned.

New York Post

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