Why would the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a non-profit, public interest law firm that fights for religious freedom, be ejected from AmazonSmile, Amazon’s program which takes a small part of a customer’s purchase and donates it to the nonprofit chosen by the customer?
Because Amazon partially depends on the radical left Southern Poverty Law Center to determine which groups should be eligible for the program, that’s why, according to ADF president Michael Farris. Farris composed a letter to Amazon in which he stated, “If you are going to rely on a discredited partisan organization like the SPLC to determine who is eligible to participate in AmazonSmile, you should disclose that in your policy and to your customers. Your customers have a right to know that you’ve placed such an organization as the gatekeeper to participation in a charitable program.”
As Bre Payton writes at The Federalist:
SPLC has come under fire for its shady financial practices—which includes shuttling millions of dollars to offshore accounts in the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, and Bermuda. Tax records show the organization has stockpiled nearly a half a billion dollars in assets, which spends more money on fundraising than it does actual legal work. The organization, which is famous for it’s “hate list” which targets legitimate conservative or religious groups by including them on a map alongside white supremacists and other extremist groups. SPLC’s hate list inspired a gunman to shoot a guard at the Family Research Council in 2013 with the intention to kill as many people as possible after the Christian organization found itself on the infamous list.
Guess which organization is eligible to be an AmazonSmile recipient? Planned Parenthood.