ActBlue, a prominent Democratic organization, removes anti-Israel group with alleged terror connections from its platform.

ActBlue Severs Ties with Anti-Israel Group Accused⁣ of Terrorism Links

The top Democratic fundraising software, ActBlue, has made the decision​ to cut off its association with an anti-Israel group that has ⁤been accused of having ‌ties‍ to Palestinian terrorism and violating federal law. This exclusive information has been obtained by the ⁣Washington ⁤Examiner.

ActBlue’s charity platform, which has been facilitating payments since at least 2021, was previously used‍ by ⁣the Palestinian Campaign‌ for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI),⁢ a founding member of the Boycott, Divestment, ⁢and Sanctions National Committee. This committee is affiliated with entities that have been designated as terrorist groups by the United ⁣States. However, ActBlue has now taken action and⁤ is no longer allowing PACBI to solicit‌ contributions on its‍ platform due to non-compliance with user guidelines.

Account Use Policy and Deactivation

Morgan Hill, an ActBlue spokeswoman,⁤ explained that they implemented an Account Use Policy earlier this year. During the ⁣process of establishing this policy, they⁤ reviewed PACBI’s account and determined that it⁣ was not in compliance. ‌Hill clarified that the account’s continued activity was a clerical error, but it has now been deactivated.

This revelation, which has not been previously reported, comes after years‌ of concerns raised by Republicans and the pro-Israel Zachor Legal Institute regarding ActBlue’s potential unlawful support ⁤of terrorism through its association with PACBI. The Jerusalem Center for ​Public Affairs, a foreign policy think tank, has identified‍ PACBI as the “face” of the BDS National Committee, which includes U.S.-designated terror groups such as Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and the Popular Front⁢ for the Liberation of ‌Palestine.

Furthermore, PACBI is a project of the Alliance for Global Justice, an Arizona charity that has been linked to Palestinian terrorism and fundraising through‍ PayPal. The Washington​ Examiner has obtained emails revealing⁤ that both Stripe and Salsa Labs dropped their association with the Alliance. PACBI’s connection to the Alliance is⁣ evident through a ‍”thank you” email sent to a donor, which listed the Alliance’s employee identification number ⁢that matches PACBI’s. Additionally,‍ tax records show that the Cultures of Resistance Network Foundation ⁢granted $10,000 to the Alliance in 2020, specifically earmarked for PACBI.

ActBlue’s Policies and Congressional Investigation

ActBlue has specific policies​ in place for internationally operating entities, including ⁤the requirement of their own EIN number ​and being headquartered within the United‌ States or its ‌territories. ActBlue⁢ also does not work with organizations that ​contradict its policies on social equality, women’s rights, LGBTQIA2S+ rights, racial justice, diversity, freedom of speech,‍ disability rights, and respect for‌ scientific inquiry, ⁣discovery, and data.

Rep. Darrell Issa, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has expressed the need for a comprehensive review into ActBlue’s facilitation of fundraising for an entity‌ controlled by designated ⁢foreign terrorist organizations. He highlighted the fact that ActBlue’s sudden decision to ‍cut ties with PACBI raises more questions than answers.

As ⁤of now, a search for PACBI‌ in ActBlue’s database yields‍ no results. However, PACBI is currently fundraising on behalf of the BDS movement on the coalition’s website. The BDS website still includes a Disclaimer from its sponsor, the Alliance, stating that online donations are not accepted at​ the moment,‌ but paper checks are ⁢being processed.

The Alliance sponsors numerous global entities, including ⁣Samidoun, an Israeli-designated terror ‌coalition. Marc Greendorfer, president of the‍ Zachor Legal Institute, has stated that PACBI’s goal is to sanitize ​fundraising for prohibited terror organizations and ultimately aims for the⁤ ethnic ⁤cleansing of Jews from their homeland.

Greendorfer also suggests that ActBlue may have violated anti-money laundering laws, and attorney Alan Dye points out that PACBI’s activities could potentially go against IRS rules and public policy.

Rep. Mike Lawler, a member of the House ​Foreign Affairs Committee, expressed his shock but ‌not surprise at the news, emphasizing the need for further investigation into the matter.

The ⁣Washington⁤ Examiner reached out to the Palestinian Campaign⁤ for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel for comment,‍ but they did not respond.

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