His assertion appears to stem from a video circulating on social media. Despite being classified as political action committees by the Federal Election Commission, ActBlue and WinRed have "non-contribution accounts," meaning they have separate bank accounts that "will not be used to make contributions, whether direct, in-kind or via coordinated communications, or coordinated expenditures, to federal candidates or committees," according to the FEC. It is not yet its own 501(c)(3) organization. We can't fight back misinformation about the election and COVID-19 without you. The video misrepresents what ActBlue does, as well as where donations to Black Lives Matter actually go. "All money donated to Black Lives Matter goes directly to ActBlue, a Democrat Super PAC that then feeds the money to Democrat candidates," he said. It’s wrong. A photo shows Barack Obama in front of “cages” built during his administration to hold migrants. Then, they open up a page from OpenSecrets.org — the website of the nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks money in politics — to see how ActBlue spends its money. Says Donald Trump said “good” during the final presidential debate in reference to families being separated at the border. This contribution is made from my own funds or the funds of an authorizing corporation or other entity, and the funds are not being provided by any other person or entity. In a since-deleted June 11 Facebook post (archived here), Ryan Fournier, co-founder of Students for Trump, claimed that donations to Black Lives Matter were actually being funneled to Democratic campaigns. ActBlue is a nonprofit technology organization that provides a platform for people to contribute to Democratic campaigns and causes. He attributed the information to a conservative Instagram account called "Telerevela," which started posting in February and publishes conspiratorial posts about the coronavirus pandemic and protests over police brutality in Spanish. The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. The answer in most states is YES.”, Says Hunter Biden “died of a crack overdose.”, "The daughter of Sen. Coons (D-DE), along with 7 other underaged girls are featured on Hunter's laptop! The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, Inc., the organization that operates the Black Lives Matter website, is fiscally sponsored by the nonprofit Thousand Currents. Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit. OpenSecrets also clarified that point in a tweeted response to Candace Owens’ post, saying that "a donation to BLM through ActBlue goes just to BLM, not any other group.". For example, if you were to go to Biden’s donation page, you would be redirected to a page on ActBlue’s fundraising platform to complete the transaction. In it, the user tries to donate to Black Lives Matter. The donation page also has a disclosure about the nonprofit. Black Lives Matter is using ActBlue’s fundraising platform to take donations. “Hunter Biden was chairman of the World Food Program, which just won the Nobel Peace Prize. ActBlue Charities is a registered charitable organization formed to democratize charitable giving. We reached out to Fournier for the source of his claim and haven’t heard back. 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(Read more about our partnership with Facebook.) "Republicans pointed to ActBlue, which helps donors more easily give money to Democratic candidates and liberal political groups, as a big reason why.". Though, there is one caveat: Phillips Erb said one of the main rules of being a fiscal sponsor per the IRS is directing where charitable funds go within the non-profit it is supporting. A guide to what’s used in local and national protests. We reached out to Fournier for the source of his claim and haven’t heard back. In fact, it is in a fiscal sponsorship with a nonprofit. How to protect eyes from teargas, pepper spray and rubber bullets. stated on November 2, 2020 a series of images and screenshots: stated on October 23, 2020 an image on Facebook: stated on October 20, 2020 a Facebook post: stated on October 13, 2020 a videos, articles and screenshots: stated on October 2, 2020 a series of images: stated on November 4, 2020 in a speech at the White House: stated on November 2, 2020 in a series of images and screenshots: stated on November 2, 2020 in a Facebook post: stated on November 3, 2020 in a Facebook post: stated on November 2, 2020 in a video posted on TikTok: ©All Rights Reserved Poynter Institute 2020, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, “Only sign outside Bucks County voting place. The Facebook post is inaccurate. But ActBlue isn’t pocketing the money. As the Center for Public Integrity reported when WinRed was launched, the idea is to make it easier for political campaigns to fundraise small-dollar donations. There are many ways of supporting the work of Black Lives Matter including making a financial contribution. When they tap the donate button on the movement’s website, they’re directed to a web address that has ActBlue in it. The Internal Revenue Service stipulates that 501(c)(3) organizations are "absolutely prohibited" from making contributions to political campaigns, which would apply to Thousand Currents.