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Link on Black Lives Matter website does not donate directly to DNC

June 12, 2020 GMT

CLAIM: When you click on the donate link on BlackLivesMatter.com, it takes you to the fundraising site ActBlue, and any unclaimed money is donated to Democratic candidates.

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. Posts online do not show ActBlue Charities, a nonprofit online fundraising platform, taking money from Black Lives Matter to donate to candidates. The link on the Black Lives Matter website takes you to the ActBlue fundraising platform where Black Lives Matter fundraises to “end state-sanctioned violence, liberate Black people, and end white supremacy forever,” according to the website.

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THE FACTS: Social media users are circulating posts that suggest that all donations to Black Lives Matter will go toward Democratic candidates in an effort to politicize protests around the nation demanding justice for George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into his neck for several minutes.

The video and posts online base their claim on an ActBlue Charities link that appears on the Black Lives Matter website. But the ActBlue Charities link is there simply to process donations for Black Lives Matter.

An ActBlue spokesperson confirmed to The Associated Press in an email that when donating on an ActBlue or ActBlue Charities page, the donation is earmarked for the group on the form and goes directly to the receiving campaign or entity.

A video uploaded to Twitter with more than one million views opens with “Let’s take a quick look at what black lives matter is REALLY about,” before getting into the false claim about ActBlue Charities. The posts online were quickly amplified by conservative pundits across social media platforms with posts receiving hundreds of thousands of likes and shares on Thursday, June 10.

The Center for Responsive Politics addressed the false claim on Twitter saying that like ActBlue, a fundraising platform used by Democrats and progressives, WinRed is a similar platform used by conservatives to fundraise online.

“A donation to BLM through ActBlue goes just to BLM, not any other group,” the tweet said.

The Democratic National Committee also told the AP that the DNC only receives donations made through ActBlue if they are explicitly made out to the DNC.

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On Friday, June 11, a twitter account for Black Lives Matter shared a Media Matters for America story on the debunked conspiracy about Act Blue saying, “Debunked conspiracy theories won’t stop us...we’ve got freedom and justice to win. #BlackLivesMatter.”

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This is part of The Associated Press’ ongoing effort to fact-check misinformation that is shared widely online, including work with Facebook to identify and reduce the circulation of false stories on the platform.

Here’s more information on Facebook’s fact-checking program: https://www.facebook.com/help/1952307158131536


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