A leftwing dark money online fundraising operation that began with an editorial by the communist mouthpiece New York Times and was immediately echoed by Hillary Clinton‘s press spokesman.. 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.1
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.2 ActBlue claims to be tax exempt organization and all donations to it are tax-deductable. 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.
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.
The issue of unauthenticated political donations was brought to light by The Washington Post during the 2008 presidential election, which was at the time
“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.’
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.