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The Washington Examiner

Amazon boots Black Lives Matter off AmazonSmile as scrutiny intensifies

Andrew Kerr, Investigative Reporter

February 16, 2022 04:55 PM

Amazon kicked Black Lives Matter off its charity platform AmazonSmile on Tuesday as the social justice organization faces intense scrutiny from multiple states over the status of its financial windfall from 2020.

The move deprives BLM of a major revenue source that has provided $306 million to U.S. charities and comes less than two years after Amazon itself donated $10 million to BLM and 11 other social justice groups amid the nationwide unrest spurred by George Floyd's killing.

“Charitable organizations must meet the requirements outlined in our participation agreement to be eligible for AmazonSmile," an Amazon representative told the Washington Examiner. "Among other eligibility requirements, organizations are required to be in good standing in their state of incorporation and in the states and territories where they are authorized to do business. Organizations that don’t meet the requirements listed in the agreement may have its eligibility suspended or revoked. Charities can request to be reinstated once they are back in good standing.”

BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors, who resigned from BLM in May, said last Wednesday that the unaccounted millions her group received in 2020 came from "white corporation guilt."

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BLM-backed group posts bail for Louisville activist charged in attempted shooting of mayoral candidate

Elizabeth Faddis, Breaking News Reporter

February 16, 2022 11:17 PM

Quintez Brown, a Louisville, Kentucky, activist accused of trying to kill a mayoral candidate in a shooting, has been released on bail from county jail.

The Louisville Community Bail Fund, a group affiliated with the Louisville chapter of Black Lives Matter, paid the $100,000 bond Wednesday afternoon, WHAS11 reported. Brown, 21, pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and four counts of wanton endangerment. While awaiting trial, Brown will be subject to home incarceration as his lawyers say they are seeking a mental health evaluation.

“Quintez Brown's bond and release have been decided independently by a judge. Mr. Brown will be monitored by the Department of Corrections, consistent with Home Incarceration Program rules and regulations and any conditions set forth in the court order, including use of a GPS monitoring device and home checks. Alerts will notify HIP personnel if the device is tampered with or goes outside the geofence," Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said in a statement.

Brown, a former intern and editorial columnist with the Courier-Journal, is accused of attempting to shoot Democratic mayoral candidate Craig Greenberg at his Butchertown office Monday night with a 9 mm Glock handgun before fleeing, according to a police report. Louisville Metro Police said no one was injured, though a bullet grazed Greenberg's clothing. Police said they arrested Brown roughly 10 minutes after the shooting and about half a mile from the office.

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