Act Blue is a leftwing dark money fundraising operation. Donations to various front organizations are laundered through ActBlue and forwarded to Democrat candidates and causes, after ActBlue rakes off a nominal fee. It allows far left groups and Democratic politicians to fundraise without setting up an online donation infrastructure themselves. Money passes through ActBlue to the ultimate recipient and ActBlue collects a fee as payment. This has the added effect of obscuring the ultimate recipient, since money passing through ActBlue looks like a donation to ActBlue. WinRed is its opponent, and it is a technological donor tool used by and for conservative candidates.
Black Lives Matter
Raheem Kassam and Gatewaypundit exposed Black Lives Matter as a money laundering scheme for the Democratic National Committee. On the BLM homepage, which features a “Defund The Police” petition front and center, if a user chooses to donate, they're rerouted to a site hosted by ActBlue, the DNC's official payment portal. ActBlue claims to be tax-exempt organization and all donations to it are tax-deductible. The terms and conditions also link to ActBlue and mention “Campaign Finance Laws”. Joe Biden is a top beneficiary of the ActBlue's fundraising efforts. ActBlue contributions comprise 99.64 percent of all funds raised for the “Biden for President” entity and the total is nearly 773 times greater than the group with the second-highest donation sum. As of May 21, 2020, the organization has donated $119,253,857 to the “Biden for President” effort.
Defund the Police
- See also: Defund the Police
The movement began with an editorial by the communist mouthpiece New York Times and was immediately echoed by Hillary Clinton's press spokesman. Together with its revisionist 1619 Project, the New York Times has been a vociferous supporter of the Marxist Black Lives Matter organization.
For a more detailed treatment, see Thousand Currents.
Thousand Currents, the charity that manages fundraising for Black Lives Matter, includes on its board Susan Rosenberg, a convicted terrorist who was sentenced to 58 years in prison. Rosenberg's involvement with the May 19 Communist Organization, which carried out its bombing campaign in the 1980s, earned her a spot on the FBI's Most Wanted List. She was arrested in 1984 while unloading 740 pounds of stolen explosives and a sub-machine gun from a truck. Rosenberg was pardoned by Bill Clinton on his last day in office.
George Soros, Rob McKay, and other Democracy Alliance donors have given millions of dollars to groups associated with the movement, which have in total raked in over $133 million. Organizations associated with Soros are said to have provided at least $33 million to various BLM movement groups since 2016.
In 2015, the fundraising club Democracy Alliance, led by Soros and Taco Bell heir Rob McKay, recommended “its donors step up check writing to a handful of endorsed groups that have supported the Black Lives Matter movement.” BLM Movement groups that received support from the Democracy Alliance were the Black Youth Project 100, the Center for Popular Democracy, the Black Civic Engagement Fund, Color of Change, and the Advancement Project.
Additionally, the Ford Foundation and the Borealis Philanthropy created the Black-led Movement Fund, a funding vehicle for the Movement for Black Lives, the coalition of groups responsible for the extremist “Vision 4 Black Lives.” The fund has received “pledges of more than 100 million dollars from liberal foundations and others eager to contribute.”
Foreign interference in elections
Analysis by the Take Back Action Fund found that nearly half of all donations to ActBlue were made by people claiming to be unemployed. Action Fund President John Pudner said,
"The name of employers must be disclosed when making political donations, but more than 4.7 million donations came from people who claimed they did not have an employer. Those 4.7 million donations totaled $346 million ActBlue raised and sent to liberal causes."
Pudner said the large number is a red flag that some donations may be illicit contributions from foreign interests attempting to impact U.S. elections.
ActBlue, created in 2004, bills itself as a "powerful online fundraising platform 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...And we operate as a conduit, which means donations made through ActBlue to a campaign or organization are considered individual donations," its website explains. The website allows credit card donations that are not verified, so anyone from any country in the world can donate without a paper trail. Pudner said.
"ActBlue's insistence on refusing to allow banks to verify their donations is an invitation to foreign programmers or others to send money through them using fake American names, and we encourage them to start letting banks verify the identity of donors to stop the potential for millions of dollars to influence our election.
"allowing donors to use largely untraceable prepaid credit cards that could potentially be used to evade limits on how much an individual is legally allowed to give or to mask a contributor's identity."
ActBlue does not allow banks to verify the identity of the cardholder, meaning someone could buy endless gift cards and list any name they wanted and leave the employer line blank or type in words like 'not employed,' 'unemployed.'
2020 Senate election in Arizona
- See also: United States Senate special election in Arizona, 2020 and United States Senate elections, 2020
Despite denouncing corporate PAC money being donated to political campaigns, Arizona 2020 Democrat Senate candidate Mark Kelly and his campaign accepted nearly two million dollars from corporate interests, as reported in mid-March 2020 by the America Rising PAC. In addition, Kelly has indirectly received corporate money via Democrat organizations acting as proxies. $1.8 million worth of donations were “earned” from giving speeches alone, as reported in late July 2019. In addition, a fundraiser for Kelly was held on March 26, 2019, with invitations being issued by ActBlue, a group tied to the far-left, anti-American billionaire George Soros.
- Richardson, Valerie. “Black Lives Matter cashes in with $100 million from liberal foundations.” The Washington Times. August 16, 2016.
- Vogel, Kenneth And Wheaton, Sarah. “Major donors consider funding Black Lives Matter.” Nov. 13, 2015.
- “Black-led Movement Fund.” Borealis Philanthropy.
- Mark Kelly Owes Arizona Voters an Explanation for His Blatant Dishonesty
- Mark Kelly Receives Thousands of Dollars Through Corporate PAC Loophole
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- Dem online fundraiser ActBlue “lies” when they say Soros never gave them money